Alizé Jones keeps promise, set to return for Notre Dame

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

Alizé Jones took to Twitter three days before training camp last August to make a promise to himself and his Notre Dame football teammates.

On Wednesday, he was back on social media letting the college football world know he kept it.

“For all who are concerned. Yes, I am cleared and back for the 2017 spring season,” the Notre Dame sophomore tight end tweeted late Wednesday afternoon. “Thank you!”

Jones not only announced his academic ineligibility for the fall semester himself, he detailed what went wrong and how he’d make it right.

"I love Notre Dame and everything about it,” he tweeted back in August when games were taken away from him but not practices. “Obviously, I'm disappointed at myself, but I'm going to make the best of this situation.

"I'm going to remain a student at Notre Dame and work even harder. I'm going to grow from this. I'm going to be a better teammate, student, player and man.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Jones was ND’s most productive tight end in 2015, his freshman season, with 13 receptions for 190 yards. That’s more than what the Irish got out of the remaining tight ends combined (12 catches for 159) in 2016.

Durham Smythe and Nic Weishar were the only two who registered catches among the group, that also included Tyler Luatua and Jacob Matuska, in what ended up as the lowest output from the position group in a season since 2001.

All four plus Jones are eligible to return in 2017, with ND adding two blue-chip recruits in Brock Wright and Cole Kmet.

Notre Dame tight end Alizé Jones (10) announced on Twitter Wednesday that his academic exile is over and he'll rejoin the Irish for the 2017 season. (Tribune Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)