Gainesville wide receiver Tai-ler Jones was one of the state’s most heavily-recruited prospects without an UGA scholarship offer.
All that changed after speaking on the telephone with Georgia’s Mark Richt on Friday. UGA is offer No. 31 for Jones. All the teasing that Jones was taking from classmates and local Georgia fans can end.
“Coach Richt said they wanted me, and I was like ‘Oh wow’ and I didn’t know what to say back to him,” Jones said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. It caught me completely off guard.”
Was Jones upset that Georgia took longer than other schools to offer? “No, not at all. Everybody wanted me to be mad at Georgia. But I wasn’t. Georgia told me all along that they were taking their time to evaluate prospects to make sure they offered the right guys. I believed what they said, and I’m excited about the offer. That makes me feel great.”
Georgia had originally told Jones and his Gainesville teammates, junior quarterback Blake Sims and sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson, that they would let them know about the scholarship situation on Georgia Junior Day, which is Saturday (March 21). However, the Bulldogs decided to not wait any longer on Jones, with Richt himself making the call on Friday. Jones said Sims and Johnson will find out their situations on Junior Day.
Jones has narrowed down to 15 schools. Will UGA now make the list? “I’m pretty sure they will. I haven’t really spent a lot of time with the coaches. I want to go there on Saturday and meet everybody.”