June 15, 2010

Former Carver star makes his choice

Former Carver Columbus and Southern Cal linebacker Jarvis Jones met with Georgia team doctors Tuesday afternoon in an effort to determine if the neck injury he suffered last year against Oregon would keep him from continuing his collegiate career.

Jones, who was given his release by Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin, is trying to decide where he wants to continue his career and according to Carver head coach Del McGee, the Bulldogs are right at the top of his list.

Apparently, the feeling is mutual as healthy report by Bulldog team doctors could be the final part of the process that would enable the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder to join the Georgia program.

"I believe the doctors are looking at him (Jones) as we speak," McGee said in a 4:30 telephone interview with UGASports.

Jones has been visiting Georgia for the past two days, and Tuesday spent part of his morning and afternoon getting the grand tour from former U.S. Army teammates Aaron Murray and Orson Charles.

"Jarvis has had a great time, and is very excited and grateful about his future," McGee said. "He's always liked Georgia, but now that he's had a chance to meet the new DC (Todd Grantham), looked at things scheme-wise, plus (Grantham's) professional experience, he sees it as all a plus for him."

McGee said Jones has not yet given his verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, but indicated his former pupil might be close to making a decision.

"He hasn't said that to me yet, so I don't know," McGee said. "But he really likes Georgia. I just want him to be happy."

As far as the question regarding whether or not Jones would be eligible to play this fall, McGee said Jones would petition the NCAA since he was released by his scholarship by Kiffin for the afore mentioned reasons.

McGee said he's not worried about Jones continuing his football career.

"My biggest concern is I just don't' want him to worry about it. I don't want him to have anything he thinks he needs to fear," McGee said. "But I'm sure it's just like anything else, after you put the pads on and get those first couple of licks, everything comes back to you."

According to McGee, Georgia coaches are looking at Jones as a player with the ability to play both the outside and inside linebacker positions.

That's not all.

"They'll also be getting a great person. Jarvis the type of kid who's not very boastful, very respectful, always works hard and is always smiling," McGee said. "He's a great leader, someone who will help tremendously with the team chemistry. Athletically, he speaks for himself."

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