MaxPreps Staff Report
Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.) defensive tackle Jarron Jones has committed to Notre Dame, according to a report in the Democrat and Chronicle.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Jones, who verbally committed to Penn State in April only to decommit in July, said he enjoyed the atmosphere in South Bend, Ind.
"I felt Notre Dame is a lot like Aquinas," Jones told the Democrat and Chronicle. "There is a good Christian community. It's a smaller school, smaller classes, more hands-on learning. That's where I need to be."
Jones, the nation's No. 13 overall recruit, joins a Fighting Irish recruiting class that features fellow defensive tackle Sheldon Day.
Notre Dame appears to be set on the defensive line for years to come. In its 2011 recruiting haul, Brian Kelly landed Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt and Ishaq Williams, all impressive recruits at the position. Notre Dame, which had been ranked No. 18 in the MaxPreps team recruiting rankings, is sure to rise with Jones now on board.
Monrovia (Calif.) standout Ellis McCarthy remains the top defensive lineman yet to commit. McCarthy is the nation's No. 7 recruit.