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Blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones commits to Irish

Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT


For years, Notre Dame struggled to land elite defensive linemen. With Brian Kelly in charge, the Irish can’t miss.

Monday night, Kelly reeled in another mega-defensive line recruit, with 6-foot-7, 310-pound defensive lineman Jarron Jones from Rochester, New York pledging his commitment to the Irish, adding another jumbo-sized, blue-chip defensive lineman to a rapidly filling stable.

Jones commitment comes just a few short weeks after the Irish asked four-star defensive lineman Tommy Schutt to cancel a visit to South Bend, content on leaving a blue-chip prospect out in the cold that in years past would have been a can’t miss, must-land Chicagoland recruit. Understandably, a faction of ND Nation flipped out, no doubt remembering an uneven past when it comes to tracking down top defensive prospects.

From Shaun Cody to Marvin Austin to Gerald McCoy, the list of runner-up finishes in recent Irish memory are a who’s who of former collegiate standouts and players that would’ve helped solidify an Irish defense that always seemed to come up short when it came to the battles in the trenches.

But as Kelly stood in front of the assembled media announcing his first recruiting class, a group mostly built by the previous regime, he made it known that the position that had plagued the Irish for years would become the focus of his coaching staff.

“I think the area as we continue to move forward, we have to continue to build our defensive line pool, especially at the end position,” Kelly said back in February of 2010. “That is going to be absolutely crucial for us moving forward next year and looking at 2011.

“We feel like we’re set inside. There’s a number of players that are going to be able to help us on the inside. We’ve got to get bigger and stronger on the edge of our defense, more athletic on the edge of our defense. I think those are two absolutely crucial needs for us moving forward after this class.”

Kelly called his shot, landing guys like Aaron Lynch and Stephon Tuitt as immediate contributors at defensive end while also bringing in guys like Tony Springmann, Troy Niklas, Ben Councell, Chase Hounshell and Ishaq Williams in last years class alone. This year he’s added Jones, four-star DT Sheldon Day and outside linebacker Romeo Okwara.

Jones compares favorably to just about every one of the above recruits, with offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and a previous commitment to Penn State just a few of the schols Jones had at his choosing. He’s a Top 100 player by any measurement, and depending on the website might be a top twenty player in the country, rarefied air for the Irish football program.

Pete Sampson of got a wonderful quote out of Jones, explaining what drew him to the Irish.

“I really feel like the coaches at Notre Dame are younger, more energetic like my high school coaches, more hands on and that’s really what I need,” Jones told Sampson. “This morning I just thought it was right. I just really felt like I’ll be more successful at Notre Dame than at Penn State or any other college.”

Jones is the fourteenth commitment to the Irish recruiting class, joining Tee Shepard, Deontay Greenberry and Ronald Darby as Irish commitments that are listed in Rivals’ newest top 100.


  1. scardino - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    I would love to see some footage of this kid. It sounds like he eats his veggies.

    • bernhtp - Aug 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      YouTube search is your friend:

      • papadec - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:18 PM

        No shortage of sour grapes type comments @ that You Tube video. Nice to see that “irrelevant” ND is getting under someone’s skin. I love it!!!

      • tradertrik - Aug 31, 2011 at 9:29 AM

        Buffering, on the other hand, is not your friend. This kid is huge! Go Irish!!!!!

  2. bradwins - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Just to further the good news, Jones claims to be 100% committed and will not take official visits to other schools. His lone official visit will be to ND, most likely for the USC game. It looks like ND will have to reserve an entire section at that game just for visiting recruits.

    • schuey73 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      Oops. I accidentally hit the “dislike” button for this. Didn’t mean to. l Iike the comment!

      • oldestguard - Aug 30, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        alright Schuey – 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Marys….don’t let it happen again.

  3. mattnef - Aug 30, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    I am lovin’ these 6’5”-6’7” 4-5 star DL and OLB recruits. At this rate, 1-2 years from now the Notre Dame defense will be like none we have seen before.

  4. smurphdoggy29 - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    OK OK so I just want to be clear here, is this the “SEC” defensive look that people said we needed to go for ?

    Seems like the measurements fit that “mold”, and I just want to be crystal clear that we are now building in that mode. So that down the road people cannot turn about and say that defensively Notre Dame didn’t strive to become dominant.

    Production, all starts with production.

    Congratulations to the Coaches and Jarron !

  5. notherpoint - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Anyone have current rankings for the classes?

    • oldestguard - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    • papadec - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      espn still has ND @ 13 commits & #13.

  6. jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    JJ sounds like he will be DYN-O-MITE! GO IRISH!!!

  7. notherpoint - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM

    Thx oldest guard. I love it that no one had more 5 star recruits last cycle than the Irish , and we have more so far this year … The talent bar has been raised and I have faith in Kellys staff to actually develope strong fast smart players

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