Posted at: 01/04/2013 5:45 PM
Updated at: 01/04/2013 7:18 PM
By: Robin De Wind
This will be a big weekend for one local family. They are traveling to Miami for Monday's BCS National Championship. Their son is a member of the Fighting Irish.
Aquinas grad Jarron Jones never imagined when he committed to play for Notre Dame last year that he would be part of a national championship his freshman year of college. It's also been a surprise for his family who are on a plane to Miami Friday night.
Jarron Jones was New York's top recruit last year. The 6'7” and 300 pound defensive lineman from Aquinas had offers from almost every big school. Jones ultimately picked Notre Dame over Penn State.
With the top scoring defense in the country, head coach Brian Kelly chose to red shirt Jones, but he still practices and travels with the team.
Lakisha Jones, Jarron's mother, said, “He's been traveling and suiting up and doing everything with the team and enjoying life.”
Lakisha Jones and her family are traveling to Miami Friday night. They will be in the stands cheering on Notre Dame as they take on Alabama in Monday's BCS National Championship. It's the first time the Irish have played for all the marbles since they won the national championship in 1988.
Lakisha Jones said, “I never thought we would be be here. Their record last year wasn't that good. They played in a bowl game but we never thought. You dream for your kids, but I never dreamed this big.”
Jones is getting the experience of a lifetime, learning from some of college football's best. His mom says it will be his turn to shine in the coming seasons. She is just thrilled that her son has this opportunity now.
Lakisha Jones said, “Last year I was talking to you at this time and he was at the All-American game, a whole year later, we're going to the National Championship game.”
Jones will get to see his family on Saturday, but after that, the focus is all football.
Alabama and Notre Dame kick things off Monday from Miami at 8:00pm.