FOOTBALL Recruiting: It’s UGA or FSU for former AJC Super 11 linebacker transferring from Southern Cal (UPDATED)

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Former AJC Super 11 member Jarvis Jones, who was granted a scholarship release from Southern Cal coach Lane Kiffin, will transfer to UGA or Florida State.

If UGA lands Jarvis Jones, do you think it will help the Bulldogs with recruiting other Carver-Columbus football superstars?

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The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jones will make recruiting trips to both schools within the next few weeks and likely decide by the end of the month, according to his high school coach.

Jones was one of the nation’s top linebacker prospects out of Carver-Columbus High, signing with USC over UGA, Florida, and LSU in February 2009. Last season, Jones was a reserve linebacker for Southern Cal last year as a freshman, registering 13 total tackles in 8 games. He suffered a neck sprain against Oregon and missed the final five games. He was not cleared by doctors to participate in Southern Cal’s spring practices under Kiffin.

How is the neck? Will Jones be given medical clearance to return to football? Carver coach Dell McGee said Jones was examined by several independent physicians, who determined that Jones could play again.

“He sought other opinions from other doctors,” McGee said. “Those other doctors said they would clear him if they were the active team doctor.”

McGee also confirmed to the AJC that both UGA and Florida State’s medical staff will examine Jones’ neck as part of a routine physical during his recruiting trips. Jones will also file a petition with the NCAA to play in the 2010 season.

Carver is a popular stop with college recruiters, as a pair of rising seniors — tailback Isaiah Crowell and defensive tackle Gabriel Wright — are also considered among the nation’s best at their respective positions. If UGA or FSU lands Jones, would it help either school with Crowell, Wright and other Carver players?


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“I think all of those kids making those decisions are doing it because it’s a good fit for them … it’s not because any players are there,” McGee said. “Now I’m not saying that won’t happen. But I think the biggest thing before any kid makes a commitment is how he and his family feel about the school they are choosing.”

What is the latest on Crowell and Wright? McGee said both visited Auburn on Thursday, along with other Carver players.

Jones kept the nation’s until suspense on signing day of his senior year. Will Crowell and Wright do the same? Wait until February to reveal their college choice? “Right now, there’s a possibility they could do it at one of the [December] all-star games or signing day, they just don’t know right now,” McGee said. “They could do it tomorrow or wait until signing day. That’s up to them on when they want to make their decisions.”

One last note on JJ: He left Southern Cal before the football program was pounded by NCAA sanctions on Thursday. A major factor in Jones signing with USC was the presence of Trojans linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. , who left with Pete Carroll for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in January.

RELATED: UGA No. 1 commitment, QB Christian LeMay, will be at UGA’s prospect camp on Saturday. LeMay faces a possible 30-day school suspension after an alleged rules violation (Click here)

Southern Cal freshman-to-be, WR Markeith Ambles of Henry County, is thinking about transferring and a decision could come in the next day or two, according to GAVarsity’s Brendan Cosgrove. Ambles enrolled early at USC in January. Georgia Tech offered Ambles out of high school, while UGA did not.

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141 comments Add your comment


June 12th, 2010
6:59 am

Welcome to all of them. We could use the depth. Yeah Columbus Insider, he must not be that good seeing as how he saw significant playing time as a true freshman for one of the most talented teams in the nation. And I’m sure your claim of injury will occur too as you must be a psychic. Why after knowing what we know now about the Rogers/Nance lovefest would you want them at UGA? One seems to be a talented prima donna and the other prima donna is just there to hold the other’s jock and a clipboard. Gotta give him props for snagging a scholarship to UT based on his friendship and a package deal. And for Buzzed, at least there are women on the UGA campus and obviously you’ve never set foot in the Classic City. I’ve got 4 words for ya…Flag Boy and Tickle Pile. Hide the women(Oh yeah, there aren’t any), Robert Hall will be in town tonight! Beat down time, wooo hooo! Come on, this is too easy…


June 12th, 2010
7:08 am

Columbus Insider…keep the high school gossip and jealousy to yourself. Girls like you should not post about football until you understand the game more.

Duluth Dawg

June 12th, 2010
8:21 am

GTU is talking trash about something that MAY have occurred to LeMay. What is the history of GTU’s athletes with FELONY arrests: Reuben Houston, Jarrard Tarrant (how in the world is he still playing for GTU????), Javaris Crittendon (brother can you spare a gun because I need to pull one on my teammate) and now Robert Hall. On yea, let’s not forget Little Joe Hamilton. If you live in a glass house, don’t throw rocks.

Wee Willy

June 12th, 2010
8:34 am

Geez guys, he is just a kid. Why don’t we just trust the coaches to make a call as to whether JJ will fit or not? Whether he has character or not? C’mon, really.

Yeah Ya!

June 12th, 2010
8:42 am

Careful people…the “Christian (LeMay) Coalition” (that could be interpreted two ways) here at the AJC could shut the comments again.

destin dawg

June 12th, 2010
9:30 am

come to Athens Jarvis !!!! under Grantham we’re playing 4 LB’s now… Belin is a great backers coach too !!!


June 12th, 2010
10:07 am

Spoke with a buddy on mine who coaches HS football in Charlotte and he doesn’t believe LeMay will be suspended at all. The skinny is he was caught kissing his girlfriend on a school field trip. With that said, who hasn’t kissed their girlfriend when they were in high school? I sure did and I believe I turned out just fine. A whole lot to do about nothing. AJC just stirring the pot.

Ted Striker

June 12th, 2010
10:09 am

I’d like to see Jarvis Jones in Athens. Not to help recruit someone else from his high school, but to showcase his own talent.


June 12th, 2010
10:17 am

Richt’s status as a no nonsense type of coach would balloon if he’d renege on the offer of a scholarship to Lemay. UGA does NOT need Lemay——————and the sooner the message is sent that Georgia won’t tolerate ANY athlete who thinks the University of Georgia owes them something, and that they are not above the law———-the better off they will be. Stop catering to these kids and making them feel like they’re above the law.No more slaps on the wrist———–just calmly tell them to play elsewhere.


June 12th, 2010
10:33 am

I watched Jarvis JOnes play football his Junior year in High School because I worked at Carver at the time and I thought he was the best linebacker I had ever seen in a high school uniform! This guy was not just tackling people, he was laying people out! I wanna see him in AThens! I think Granthem could find a way to utilize him in the 3-4 scheme. I also think Justin Houston is about to be a star in this defense. He will be rushing the passer a lot and thats always a good thing.

destin dawg

June 12th, 2010
10:41 am

You must be TOOO oledawg… never kissed a girl in HS ??? “above the law” ???!!! if they break the law need to go to jail…. he did kick Mett off the team when alcohol & abuse may have been involved ??? fired 3 coaches not just Willie…. recruiting hard in State >> things are good in Athens & getting better !!!! sign up JJ !!!

Billy O

June 12th, 2010
10:48 am

oledawg……where have you heard the CLemay has said that UGA owes him anything? We don’t know what CL did……there are rumors (see above post) that he got caught kissing his girlfriend on a field trip. Others have said he had sex with her. WE DON”T KNOW YET! How about waiting until the issue has been resolved by the school system and WE KNOW WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED before we throw CL under the bus…..he’s a KID.

Billy O

June 12th, 2010
10:50 am

Oh….if JJ is physically able to play, lets get him!!!!!


June 12th, 2010
11:13 am

So Georgia Tech recruited the thug, Markeith Ambles, and UGA did not. Hmmm…yeah, those Nerds are just going after the top flight student athletes. See their football teams APR performance vs UGA for further evidence of that.

More on Ambles in case you forgot….

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

June 12th, 2010
11:47 am


T Berria- Charged with murder
Randy McMichael – Beat up his girl/assault & battery
T.Sturdviant- Assaulted a female student

How many other UGA players have been charged with assualt?

What about Mettenberger? Assault? Forged ID’s?

Odell Thurman/Jermaine Philips rign a bell?

More student athletes arrested than any other school in the SEC over the past 10 years.


You’re a complete idiot…. And a total douche


June 12th, 2010
12:05 pm

Selective memory, Nerd Boy. First of all, what do you want UGA to do about what Beirria and McMichael did AFTER they left UGA. Second, Sturdivant has done nothing of the sort. UGA kicked Montez Robinson off the team so I guess he’s the guy you’re thinking of..

Nothing compared to the drug dealer, Reuben Houston, Tek had on campus playing football and Tony Hollins, the ineligible player who could barely spell his name.


June 12th, 2010
12:23 pm

T.Sturdviant rubbed a pregnant girls belly. Assault? Then I’m a felon!


June 12th, 2010
12:31 pm

Diamond Dog’s Parole Officer get on here and run your mouth about how bad it is a Georgia, if you so smart do the research on every College and you will see it happens everywhere. Even at your almighty UF. So just go away no one wants your BS and that is all it is. so just STFU!!!!

Roll Tide

June 12th, 2010
12:55 pm

I am so sick of all this. I saw again the Florida beatdown of UGA on CBS. Do richt or Bobo even watch this stuff. Florida’s OL dominated. Richt and Bobo have the same or better talent and refuse to play them as a UNIT! READ UGA FANS : STURDIVANT, GLENN, BURNETTE, ANDERSON, DAVIS and you win the east. What a bunch of dummies up there. Thanks again for the best tackle-guard tandem in america, Augusta’s James Carpenter and Atlanta’s Chance Warmack. Look forward to uga delivering Moultrie’s Xavvier Ward as well. Thanks UGA we appreciate it. We’ll send you a ring. Roll Tide.

Dave In Tampa

June 12th, 2010
1:01 pm

I agree with some on here. I’m sure that Jarvis is a great football player just by reading up on him. Sounds to me that one good hit could end his career not to mention his life. Not worth continuing a playing career IF that is the case.
Any additional word on which side of the line Oklahoma is leaning towards? I hear one moment the SEC and then the next PAC-10.


June 12th, 2010
1:08 pm

Eh… this is what I know. We offered this kid, recruited him intensely. We thought he’d be better off at USC. So now he thinks differently? On the outside looking in I’m thinking we’re better off without him. However, maybe there is more to the story so I’ll try to reserve judgment for now.

If were going after him just to score some other recruits….those other recruits better be worth it.


June 12th, 2010
1:09 pm

Well you know it just UGA Tenn players busted for armed robbery Carlos Dunlap of Florida stopped for DUI GT player kicked off the team also Or Ducks QB kicked off the team. All that LeMay did was he went to see his girlfriend that is not a crime. UGA is not the only school that has problems. So knock this crap off you haters.

screw the jackets (not the pooches)

June 12th, 2010
1:10 pm

roll tide…didn’t you post this just the other day about who should start on the line? Burnette shouldnt start yet because ben jones kicks ass. I think jones is the anchor of our o-line. He’s just a mean, nasty player, which i love to see in o-lineman. Also, you must have forgotten about our all sec- o-lineman clint boling. I would say tackle, but the truth is im not sure what position he plays anymore because he is forced to switch around so much. Sturdivant would be in there if he could just stay healthy, poor guy has been in rehab twice is long as hes been on the field for us. You dont know what you’re talking about, so dont try and offer the coaches advice you idiot


June 12th, 2010
1:12 pm

He* thought he’d be better off at USC


June 12th, 2010
1:20 pm

speaking of SEC expanding what if that deal with PAC 10 and Fox network does not goes threw than Big 12 south is going to have egg on its face.

Notso Fast

June 12th, 2010
1:26 pm

You have just got to love those Ga. fans. If someone at another school does something worst than the Ga. player then it Ok. Let’s wait until we see what he did before we make any excuses.

Football Fan

June 12th, 2010
1:27 pm

Markeith Ambles beat up a teacher at Griffin High and then transferred to Henry County. UGA didn’t offer him after that, but USC and Tech did….


June 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

Mark Richt reminds me a lot of Berry Switzer, allows anything as long as players play good or till press finds out what’s oing on, then he acts like he cares

Dawg Fan

June 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

Diamond Dawg’s parole officer has decided to make up the “fact” that UGA has had the most arrests the past 10 years. It must be “fact” if it’s on the internet. One thing that is fact, is that Joe Hamilton and several of this teammates were academically ineligible for GT.

Dawg Fan

June 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

Mark Richt is the classiest coach in America. BigTimeTechFan is jealous and wishes his team’s coach had beat his in state rival 8 out of the past 9 years.

Dawg Fan

June 12th, 2010
2:05 pm

Hey Roll Tide,

Don’t forget that we’ve won the past 3 out of 4 with you guys. Saban better be careful with his recruiting tactics because I would hate for Alabama to get a 2 year bowl ban handed to them like USC just did. Oh yeah, that’s right, Alabama has already had one of those kinds of probations recently.


June 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

It does not matter where Markeith Ambles enrolls. He won’t finish anywhere and probably won’t play anywhere. Can you spell D-U-D?


June 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

oledawg – I agree. LeMay can go and UGA will not miss him. Richt just received a committment from Marshall who will be the starter at QB starting in 2012, if not sooner.

Yeah Ya!

June 12th, 2010
2:20 pm

A 30 day suspension for kissing your girlfriend?? I doubt it. Had to be something a little more “intimate” than that.


June 12th, 2010
2:30 pm


If schools reneged the scholarships of all football players who have had inappropriate sex in H.S then there wouldn’t be enough players to fill up the rosters in college.

Dave In Tampa

June 12th, 2010
2:33 pm

Good grief, can’t we ALL come to agreement that every College or Institution has it’s problems with about a handfull of 18-21 year olds doing something wrong on their football teams. Their kids! I have never said anything about another school when it happened to them because as sure as College Football starts in the Fall (late summer) there will be teenage kids doing something that they should not have. I’m not applauding it. I do cringe when it happens to an athlete at UGA, but it will happen.
I thought this Blog was about recruiting? What happened to that?


June 12th, 2010
2:39 pm

If there was a 30 day suspension for kissing your girlfriend then half the school would be suspended. You guys cant really be stupid enough to believe that was all that happened right? Either way it doesnt really show a lack of morals, it just shows stupidity.

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

June 12th, 2010
2:40 pm

Enter your comments here

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

June 12th, 2010
2:45 pm

Lemay DID NOT BREAK THE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Geez people! He broke school rules. You are not allowed to “express” your feelings toward your significant other on school grounds. He did and will be punished. Lets wait until we hear all the facts. Who gives a crap about that anyway? IMO, nothing wrong with going all the way!


June 12th, 2010
2:47 pm

oledawg these are still kids and they are going to act like it.

Roll Tide I heard you guys just got your 14 th ring. Since USC will lose one and nobody will have it then ALA will claim another one. Here is the truth


June 12th, 2010
2:59 pm

You guys are crazy to think that we don’t need Lemay. Richt will still sign him. It’s not like he brought a gun to school, or was fighting. From the rumor mill it was some “hanky panky” at school. I highly doubt Richt will pull his offer because of this. Remember his brother will be a top flight recruit in the next year or so. Also Marshall’s coach has stated that he really does not want to be a QB at the next level. His first love is bball. Playing QB at a major university would require alot more of his time than playing DB. This in turn would hinder his chances of also playing bball.


June 12th, 2010
3:04 pm

There are way too many “sissyboys” posting on these blogs, and you all know who you are(all you have to do is take a stroll around uga’s or gt’s campuses). Dismiss a guy because he stole a kiss, or was knocking the boots? C’mon let’s get real here! As far as i know, and have read, he did not sexually assault anyone. With all the homosexuality going on in this country, we should be proud of; boy see’s girl, girl see’s $$$$, boy wants girl, girl see’s lifetime security, and she does what women have been doing forever. And for all you “old coots”, who are “hetero”, and not out molesting 7 yr old girls, you should understand about raging hormones. If you can’t understand, then that’s the reason your wives are cheating on you, while you’re here, posting your outrage about kids caught doing what kids do. Christian Lemay will be the next great qb at the UGA(not Aaron Murray), and good ole’ boys are already trying to put roadblocks in front of him. But he is the truth, and Mark Richt already knows this, and will not overreact to petty little things.

It has happened yet again at The FLATS

June 12th, 2010
3:07 pm

Tech has suspended a DE for indefinite period ……………. for working over a girl. Tech men do this all the time ( see #37) and the O line trio from the 90s, that re built that girl’s head over at the N Ave pizzaria.

Tech men are out of control. UGA men do get in fights. I did too while at UGA, now I am a 61 year old semi retired biz man. Tech men? They hav e a pattern of beating up women. At nlelast ZM was just trying to nuzzle a gal …………not beat her up.

What do Tech men do this? Answer ……….a ghetto school it is is why.

Two eggs over medium with grits

June 12th, 2010
3:16 pm

The WH will “take care of” ANY $$ issues that have to do with Tech’s DE getting the boot. Tech loves to imply that they are a clean program ……….recently ( 3 years ago) they had to admit to cheating on grades for a bunch of basketball players AND football players. Thugs they are.

The is a well known chain of food purveyors here in town that will handlel all of the $$$ mattters dealing with player’s lawyers,etc.

I want two over medium, with grits and your famous sausage. Hold the grease.
Go Dogs.


June 12th, 2010
3:26 pm

i really hope jones comes to uga he would be a stud in the 3-4 defense.


June 12th, 2010
3:27 pm

Dang, 30 day suspension for kissing?!?
Had to have been below the waist!


June 12th, 2010
3:28 pm

Christian is a great kid that made a common high school mistake. I’m not condoning his poor decision, but he is a high school young man with hormones. I do find it funny that GT fans are of course jumping on this story. I’m sure that high school sexual behavior is appalling to GT fans. It’s only normal if it involves a computer for them. I know it’s hard to believe but high school males are attracted to high school girls except for GT people. The irony is that a GT player was suspended too. Where is all the GT condemnation of his behavior? Yes, GT fans are hypocrites. Yes, UGA is the superior program. The results speak for themselves. Last season was one of GT’s best seasons ever and UGA was struggling, yet we won again. When Daniel Miller committed to UGA, GT fans ripped the kid to pieces. I wonder if they still feel the same way when he signed with GT.


June 12th, 2010
5:18 pm

Hopefully Jones will go to FSU, where he can also earn a real degree as opposed to the special studies and crap courses he would take at UGA.

Urban Meyer

June 12th, 2010
5:56 pm

Tech will lose six games this year!

Manboob hater

June 12th, 2010
6:19 pm

After my wife saw Ga Techs Coach last year she is really on me about losing my manboobs. Go figure….