ATHENS – Mark Richt correctly called the 2006 blowout loss to Tennessee: "A Tale of Two Halves.…
Jones discusses decision
Who saw this coming? Not many, if any.Jarvis Jones was a national recruit in 2009 and he ended up choosing USC over Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and many others around 16 months ago. After working hard to play as a true freshman for the Trojans, he injured his neck in game eight and the medical staff at USC said Jones' career could possibly be over. Once he heard that, he immediately requested a medical release and he received one early in June. He then became a recruit again. Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, and Georgia along with a couple others tried to get involved. The home-state Bulldogs definitely got involved and Jones decided on Tuesday that he wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog. "I told Mark Richt that I wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog and that I was coming to Georgia today," said Jarvis Jones. "He shook my hand right away and he told me that I made a good choice. He let me know that he was going to take care of me." Jones had a visit with FSU set up and he was in talks with Alabama and North Carolina about potential visits as well, but he knew after being in Athens for a couple of days that he would not need to take those trips. "I didn't really think I was going to choose Georgia during this visit, but after seeing everything and seeing the opportunity I had there, I liked what I saw." "It was really about how comfortable at Georgia. I hung out with Bruce Figgins, Orson Charles, and Aaron Murray a lot and I totally fit in with them. I was so comfortable around the players." The players made him feel comfortable, but the 6-foot-3, 238 pound linebacker out of Columbus (GA) Carver is still looking at the big picture. While he is still working to get back to form from the neck injury, he still wants to play on Sundays down the road. "I really like the new coaching staff. I have nothing against the defensive staff before this one, but I really think Coach [Todd] Grantham can develop me into the player that I want to be." Coach Grantham's NFL experience really impressed Jones and when he met with the Georgia Defensive Coordinator, he was sold. The Dawgs may not have landed Jones in 2009 on that first Wednesday in February, but they didn't give up, and they now have him for as many as four years on their campus. He had UGA in his final five before and they are now number one and he is looking forward to his time there. "I think Georgia has been and always will be a great place. It is home for me now and I am going to make the best of my opportunity there." Jones will start out at outside linebacker, but he was told he could play inside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme as well. He let Scout know that he will be moving in on June 30 and he has already decided that he will be red-shirting in 2010.
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