2018 Notre Dame Football Recruit Profile: Micah Jones
The Notre Dame football program got signed commitments from 21 players from 13 different states last month during the inaugural “early signing period.”
News-Sentinel.com sports reporter Tom Davis has been writing on the Fighting Irish for nearly two decades and is taking a daily look at each recruit leading up to the traditional National Signing Day (Feb. 7).
Jones is one of seven Fighting Irish recruits to have already enrolled and is now immersed in the off-season program in preparation for spring football in less than two months.
The physically imposing wide receiver (6-foot-5, 210 pounds) out of the Chicago-area (Warren High School, Gurnee, Ill.) should evolve into a red zone threat for the Irish, who are collecting bigger, more physical receivers to form their pass-catching corps.
Jones caught 53 passes during his senior season, 12 of which went for scores. He was named to the IHSFCA Class 8A First Team.
Jones is a long receiver, who already has nice size to body with defenders. He’ll only get more physical in that regard with eight months of advance work with the Notre Dame strength program before next September.
The Fighting Irish coaches have stressed versatility among their receivers, but coach Brian Kelly said he envisions Jones battling out on the perimeter of the field for balls and using his size and strength to his advantage.
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Jones has been rated as high as the 36th best pass-catcher nationally (Rivals.com) and fifth-best player out of Illinois (247Sports and ESPN).
No defensive secondary will want to deal with the Notre Dame pass-catchers from a physical standpoint.
Jones joins a group that includes veterans Chase Claypool and Miles Boykin (both over 6-foot-4), as well as a deep, physical, and talented tight end group, some of whom can line up in a multitude of formations.
Notre Dame will be without five of its top nine pass-catchers from the 2017 roster next fall, so that, coupled with his early work, will get Jones an opportunity to show what he can do quickly.
Other Irish receivers include Michael Young Jr., Jafar Armstrong, Chris Finke, and Javon McKinley.
BRIAN KELLY SAYS
“Micah is more of a boundary player,” Kelly said on National Signing Day last month. “He is big and physical (and) he can win one-on-one match-ups. We love that about him and his size.”
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