October 12, 2006

Turning up volume on silent commitments


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Demetrius Jones can empathize with Gary Gray.

When the five-star cornerback left Notre Dame after his official visit last month, Gray debated keeping his commitment to Charlie Weis quiet. Gray didn't want the backlash of dropping the hometown school, South Carolina, where he'd made a verbal commitment in March. The longer Gray stayed silent, the less local pressure would come.

But when word got out that Gray had committed to Notre Dame, the cornerback went public for the Irish. Jones, now an Irish freshman quarterback, took the opposite route during his recruitment. He gave a commitment to the Notre Dame coaching staff toward the end of spring practice last year, but kept his decision under wraps for almost four months. Jones went public for the Irish on Aug. 13.

"One of the main things was because I had a bunch of other guys on my team that were getting recruited," Jones said. "We played the package deal role with a few schools to make sure, we all knew what their main goal was in recruiting. A lot of guys aren't that fortunate to receive that amount of scholarships, so we just made sure that we got the other guys in."

Last year Morgan Park produced Jones, Illinois commitment Chris James, Northwestern commitment Corbin Bryant and Tennessee commitment Ramone Johnson. This year's senior class includes cornerback

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