Stanford-bound WR Tai-ler Jones says UGA was too late

Gainesville — A little more love might have kept Gainesville High School star Tai-ler Jones a little closer to home as he played his college ball.

The speedy receiver, who ranks as one of the state’s top junior prospects, ended the speculation about his future by choosing Stanford as his college choice during a Thursday afternoon press conference at the school in front of excited friends, family and coaches.

Jones, who boasts a 3.6 GPA and a robust 25 ACT score, chose the Cardinal from among his six finalists, including Georgia, Cal, UCLA, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He totaled 32 scholarship offers overall, including Georgia Tech.

The lifelong UGA fan he said he likely would have chosen the Bulldogs had they made a scholarship offer a little sooner. The Dogs became the 31st school to offer the 6-foot-1, 178-pounder when they did so in late March.

“In the end, their offer did come kind of late,” said Jones, who caught 81 passes for 989 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior to help the Red Elephants go 12-1 and reach the Class AAA state quarterfinals.

“In my opinion, because it came so late, I wasn’t what they were looking for in a receiver. So I kind of checked them off and went with a school that really wanted me and really showed the love.”

Jones said Georgia coaches had told him a scholarship offer was forthcoming after his first game of the season last fall. Jones admitted being puzzled, however, even after his sparkling performance of eight receptions for 158 yards and a score in a win over Chestatee.

“I think if UGA had gotten in a little earlier, I think he probably would have been staying home,” said Andre Jones, the player’s father and a member of Notre Dame’s 1989 national championship team.

Jones becomes the school’s second blue-chip junior prospect to spurn the nearby Bulldogs despite the school being the alma mater of Georgia athletics director Damon Evans.

Georgia is 0-2 for Gainesville’s 2010 prospects with offers from the Bulldogs. Red Elephants quarterback Blake Sims has committed to Alabama. Neither of the players’ commitments will become binding until they sign national letters-of-intent next February.

Georgia’s latest loss, however, will be a big gain for the Cardinal, who compete in the Pac-10.
Red Elephants offensive coordinator Todd Wofford called Jones “probably the best route-runner in the country.”

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scott

April 16th, 2009
3:41 pm

The Cardinal!

scott

April 16th, 2009
3:41 pm

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Diamond Dawg

April 16th, 2009
3:49 pm

Must not care too much about playin big time football.

Dawgilama

April 16th, 2009
3:51 pm

WOW!! Patterson and Jones…???? Stanford has done a nice job of getting quality WR’s. I certainly can’t blame either kid for choosing Stanford…Good for them! Does Stanford have a decent QB?

Smart Kid

April 16th, 2009
3:52 pm

Hey John Hollis, way to keep up the highest journalistic standards we’ve come to expect from the esteemed pages of the AJC. It’s the Stanford Cardinal, not Cardinals. It’s not nit-picky, it’s just a fact. As to the Jones kid, good for him. It’s a great school and with that education in his back pocket, he will always land on his feet. However, it just drives home the fact that football isn’t that important to him. Stanford is the west coast equivalent of Duke when it comes to getting kids ready for the NFL. His chances of being a success in life have gone up dramatically, but his chances of getting paid to play football just took a nosedive. Probably a smart move overall for him. Congrats.

Dawgilama

April 16th, 2009
3:56 pm

Interesting Note:

The projected starting QB for Stanford is 6-4 225 lb. Andrew Luck from Houston, TX. He threw for 352 yds and 5 TD’s at their Spring Game.

Sounds like Jim Harbaugh has a pretty good thing going…..

JQ

April 16th, 2009
3:58 pm

“Smart Kid” you are not! The name is the singular. Only for a brief period, approimately ten years during the 70’s mainly, it was plural. Otherwise, it is singular and refers to the color, not the bird. Congrats to you for popping off without knowing “a fact”.

dawes

April 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

he much not have any class if he had he announce that he was going to georgia

RK

April 16th, 2009
4:12 pm

Former Atlantan, Stanford guy here. Stanford football’s on the rise from not that terrible a place. Ask Bills starting QB Trent Edwards or Rams star A.J. Otogwe how they feel about the ability to get guys in to the NFL. Hell, even their walk-on punter is now a receiver for the Dolphins (Greg Camarillo). Programs go up and down.

Aj

April 16th, 2009
4:18 pm

just read where he said that UGA was his first choice, but that they waited to long to offer and he had already made up his mind. He said that UGA was the school he followed growing up and always wanted to play there. the article is on totaluga.com, Let a good one get away!!

CardinalRules07

April 16th, 2009
4:23 pm

Anyone ever hear of a guy named John Elway? He’s Stanford class of 1983. Overall 1st round NFL AND MLB draft pick. If you’re good, you’re good, doesn’t matter where you go to school.

Luck to Patterson, TOUCHDOWN! Luck to Jones, TOUCHDOWN!!!!

got a great ring

JQ=DUMB

April 16th, 2009
4:28 pm

Hey – JQ, actually, Smart Kid had it correct. If you could go back and read, you will see that Smart Kid states “It’s the Stanford Cardinal, NOT Cardinal(S). thanks for being sharp!

Paddy

April 16th, 2009
4:29 pm

AJ..UGA waited too long??? It is April ‘09. There is no rush to sign now. He got the offer he wanted from UGA, his dream team, then chose Stanford. Don’t think we are getting the full story. Congrats to him. He is going to a great school.

The Voice of Reason

April 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

This is a good move for Tai-ler. Not only will he not be in his father’s shadow at Notre Dame but it allows him to establish himself as the character guy Goddell wants in the NFL.All of these football factories producing athletes with no character are about to see their use fall to the wayside. Not all NFL players come from the SEC, ACC, Big 10 or Big 12 and playing in one of those conferences does not guarantee placement in the NFL. If you can play it does not matter where you go. They will find you. Just ask Terrell Owens, Ben Rothlesberger, James Harrison, Brett Farve, Jerry Rice just to name a few non football factory players.Oh yeah did not ex-Falcon Bob Whitfield attend Stanford. Just asking for those who thinks the kid is really not worrying about making it to the next level.

2BT

April 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

Diamnond Mutt – 1980 is 29 seasons ago! But keep living in the past and slamming kids for not wanting to go get their asses kicked by the Florida’s, the Bama’s, the LSU’s, and the Ga Tech’s of the world (all of whom have won titles since 1980 by the way!)

UGA man

April 16th, 2009
4:39 pm

Wish him the very best but it is going to be tough with his head at Stanford and his heart at UGA. His intuition was probably correct though. He will do well and UGA will also.

Steve

April 16th, 2009
4:39 pm

Hate we lost him, but there more “fish in the sea”. The Dawgs are in trouble number wise, with only 11 schoarships to give with Durham being Rsh. because of injury. I’m sure Curran and Jones will come out early (Rsh Jrs. – so they will have been here 4 years), and we’ll probably have a couple leave for various reasons. Still, thats only 15 this year – so more great recruits for other schools. This does show however, that Richt and Co. are doing a great job keeping young men in school once they arrive on campus.

smartenoughtousewikipedia

April 16th, 2009
4:49 pm

On November 17, 1981, school President Donald Kennedy declared that the athletic teams be represented by the color Cardinal in its singular form.

It’s Cardinal. No plural. Ever.

Reggie Ball Fan 4 Life

April 16th, 2009
4:52 pm

2BT,

The only team LSU spanked from Georgia last year was the Jackets. Bama finally beat us again (first time since when?). GT dominated us with a 3 point victory (first win since when?). Florida owns us just like we own GT.

The “Georgia Tech’s” of the world are which teams? Teams that encourage chop blocks, play on blue turf fields in December, and what else? Oh yeah, these teams also give fans 4 hot dogs, 4 cokes, and 4 GT baseball caps just for coming to a game!

richard

April 16th, 2009
4:52 pm

He also said he is going to continue to take official visits to other schools, this story has far from ended. Stanford has already lost Young and Jefferson to simular situations.

The Ole Ball Coach

April 16th, 2009
4:56 pm

Congratulations to Tai-ler and Stanford ….Best wishes you will do well.

jaxdawg

April 16th, 2009
5:07 pm

He’ll be a dawg in the end. He’ll succumb to the pressure from the home state fans and follow his heart. If not, oh well, we’ve got plenty of talent in Athens!

eBuzz

April 16th, 2009
5:09 pm

Smart move. Values education, not that UGA hasn’t come a long way since the Kemp-Dooley years (except during the Harrick years).

rj

April 16th, 2009
5:14 pm

Shouldn’t the headline read ” he passes on playing for the school his father played for”. Anyway this kid says he has always loved UGA but they offered too late and he didn’t feel they wanted him that badly. My understanding is that he talked to UGA’s coach last nite so it sounds like UGAwas trying to convince him that he was in fact wanted. Whatever, trust me if you have always loved one particular school, UGA, UF, ALA, GT or whomever, if you get that offer you will go there. It sounds to me like he just didn”t get the “love” he felt he deserved or sought. It is time to quit treating these spoided brats like an entire University’s athletic program will fall apart if an unproven recruit does not pick that school. Let’s get some sanity back into this recruiting process. Let the kid go wherever he wants, but lets also hope he can be man enough to just say “this is where I want to go and that is it.”

Peter

April 16th, 2009
5:20 pm

HA HA HA………….

“Diamond Dawg Must not care too much about playin big time football.”

He must REALLY care about getting an excellent education……..He will make the NFL if he is talented enough, and if not…….. he just made a much better career choice !

Heck you didn’t even spell “playing” correctly……

yellowblood

April 16th, 2009
5:27 pm

I wanted him to go to ug@y so I could look at his firm butt…

aj

April 16th, 2009
5:43 pm

Paddy, I hear ya! I am just tellin you what I saw. I agree, if you get the offer you always wanted who cares when it came in 1st or 35th if that is your school then go!! I just hope that brown and charles are ready to play come fall that would be nice. But good luck to Mr. Jones at stanford i think he will do well.

Denver Dog

April 16th, 2009
6:11 pm

Not to belittle the player, but maybe he took the offer he had at the time. How does he have an offer when it is not even correct for him to have one yet? I hear that he would have had one considered one from Tech, but the person taking the offer to him got stuck on one of the outstanding traffic patterns designed by the North Avenue Vo Tech genuises. Most of whom life at home with parents and use computers in the basement of the parents home. Hence, they were number 36 or in other words not considered, AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope that the young man does well at Stanford. One good thing for him playing in the Pac 10, he will only see one real defense a year.

Denver Dog

April 16th, 2009
6:16 pm

Hey EBUZZ, you forgot to mention those outstanding scholars you had at Tech during the Cremins years, and the Ross years, and the O’leary years, oh yeah, there is a study in academic integrity. I think that Tech had a bigger academic fraud issue than that at Fla State. You just have the AJC to sweep it under the carpet. Maybe you can figure a way to make it go away with that slide rule on your belt, that beanie on your head, or the thumb stuck in your mouth. Call your mommy you might have an boo boo on you arm. Cry baby Cry

Hal Vernon

April 16th, 2009
6:37 pm

Why do you rednecks insist on being jerks when a kid decides to someplace other than UGa? Give the kid credit. He’s going to a school that is Top 10 in the nation from an educational (and most important) perspective and is on the upswing under Harbaugh. Why must you all be so shallow? Grow up.

SEC1

April 16th, 2009
6:37 pm

I respect his decision. He was obviously looking out west based on his choices. Stanford is an excellent school – best of luck to him…

Dan Halen

April 16th, 2009
7:01 pm

I’m takin’ my UGA diplomy right back to the library an’ puttin’ it back on the roll in stall 3 on the secont floor where I got it from!

Rebel Rouser

April 16th, 2009
7:15 pm

Deep down if he really wanted to be a Bulldawg…it wouldn’t have mattered when they offered….if he doesn’t bleed red and black from the get-go then he wasn’t meant to be at Georgia…he’ll get a good education and can spend the rest of his life on the left coast surrounded by free love, and bleeding heart liberals….

SugarHillDawg=Nerd Tormentor

April 16th, 2009
7:15 pm

Before Ramble On (Beavis) and M(Butthead) get on here and stink up this thread, I would just like to say I hope Tech has a successful Spring game and no player breaks a heel OR nail during the game!!

Reality Check..

April 16th, 2009
7:23 pm

Good luck Mr. Jones, You picked an excellant school.

Rick S

April 16th, 2009
8:04 pm

You have got to be kidding- Stanford? This kid must have had a brain cramp and has no desire to play big time College Football or NFL! Good luck pal!

BillWalsh

April 16th, 2009
8:23 pm

Stanford…the mightiest program in college football. This clown will get lost in the shuffle like a random Jones would. Not so sure you’ll have John Elway throwing to you…see ya.

Small time football gets players ready for the small time.

JP

April 16th, 2009
8:24 pm

Good Luck to him! UGAY fans are hilarous…and stupid!!!!

mcdawg

April 16th, 2009
8:37 pm

don’t blame the kid-have you ever been to Palo Alto? i would send my kids there-ND was the school that really lost out

theTruth

April 16th, 2009
8:41 pm

Good luck Mr. Jones, Stanford is one of the best schools in the country for academics and they are a rising football school as well.

tony

April 16th, 2009
8:56 pm

We will continue to lose our top recruits as long as Mark Richt keep mismanaging the team. These kids are smarter than what Richt thinks. They know he is a poor decision maker.

1. He should have replace Martinez long time ago. Our defense has been mediocre since VanGorder left.

2. He redshirt Knowshon Moreno knowing dawn well he was the best rb on the team.

3. He knew D.J Shockley had the strongest arm and was more mobile than David Green, but D.J gets benched. Then when D.J gets his shot, they wins the SEC with a mediocre defense.

4. He let’s his best ever QB(

Jacket Steve

April 16th, 2009
9:15 pm

Smart Kid, you’re obviously not very smart. Have you ever heard of Jim Plunkett and John Elway? Those are just a couple of Stanford players in the NFL. While Stanford isn’t a football powerhouse they do produce NFL talent. If this kid wants to play at the next level and has the skills, he’ll be just fine. Thank goodness for him that NFL scouts are much smarter than you.

FLDAWG

April 16th, 2009
9:24 pm

Congratulations young man, you made a good choice. I wish you the best…unless you play UGA at some point.

Tony, how do you take a player like Greene out. DJ was a great QB no doubt, but you don’t just yank Greene. Don’t forget Greene also won an SECCG. The situation with Greene and Shockley was much like that of Garrison Hearst and Terrel Davis. Hearst just kept putting up great numbers and Davis never really had a shot until he went to Denver. I can’t fault Richt for not starting DJ over Greene.

john '90

April 16th, 2009
9:29 pm

To all of you armchair critics, there is no mistake in the article posted at 3:31. Double check it. All references are “Cardinal” Aside from that, I wish the young man well. UGA will find the needed receivers. Grady College Grad.

Vandy

April 16th, 2009
9:30 pm

I respect his decision, Stanford is a darn fine school…..wish he could’ve been a dawg. I dont really get why he would be so offended if the coaches took their time with an offer….they DID offer a scholly afterall. But, I think it hurt his pride a little and maybe he wanted to get a shot in at CMR for not offering sooner.

Good luck at Stanford.

jarvis

April 16th, 2009
9:33 pm

skilet

April 16th, 2009
9:36 pm

Typical! Why does UGA wait so long to offer these kids? How many life long Dawg fans did UGA loose last year because they offered too late?

Matt

April 16th, 2009
9:44 pm

Does it occur to anyone that UGA may have felt that they weren’t going to get this kid or they see a flaw in him somewhere? Or maybe they feel secure in who they already have? We can’t get every single kid who comes out of the Athens area. It’s not feasible.

Jethro Tull

April 16th, 2009
10:01 pm

Way to go dumba$$es!! (georgie)
Congrats Tai-ler!! Great engineering school you picked. Best wished to you in your CFB career.

Old man fan,

April 16th, 2009
10:04 pm

I love college football, but I stopped judgeing a university by how good the ball team is years ago. He’s gonna get a great education at Stanford.