Even in the football world, Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones is considered a big guy.
Jones, a junior from Rochester, N.Y., towers over the rest of the Notre Dame defensive line at 6-foot-5½ and 315 pounds. Compare that to fellow inside lineman Sheldon Day, who measures at 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds. Only one other player on the defensive line two-deep cracks 6-foot-4, freshman Grant Blankenship (6-4¼ and 252 pounds).
As an interior lineman in a 4-3 defense, pad level and gap penetration abilities are imperative. And head coach Brian Kelly isn’t concerned.
“Jarron Jones has the flexibility, so when we are recruiting a player that may be 6‑4 or 6‑5 and may seem big for that position, if he can bend and he's flexible, the two, three inches really doesn't make a difference,” Kelly said Tuesday, Aug. 26. “So his ability to bend, his athletic ability really doesn't put him in a disadvantage at that position.”