Carver-Columbus star ready for USC

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Carver-Columbus’ defensive end Jarvis Jones graduated high school over the weekend, but isn’t in as good shape physically as he is academically. As the AJC Super 11 selection prepares to go to USC, his left thumb is still healing from the surgery to repair the fractures suffered in the first round of last fall’s Class AAAA playoffs.

Pins that were inserted in the thumb have been removed, but Jones told USCfootball.com that the injury and the healing left him out of shape for the first time since middle school.

“This is the first time I haven’t been in shape since seventh grade, so I’m working really hard to get back there,” said Jones, who added that he likely will play strongside linebacker for the Trojans. “I ain’t in the best shape, but I’m in some shape. Coach [Ken] Norton has been telling me to come and be in good shape and get ready to fight for playing time and a starting job. I had a setback when I broke my hand, and it kept me from staying in shape, but that’s over with now.”

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gatorman770

May 26th, 2009
9:36 am

I was 45 years old when I had a 5 hour surgery to repair a torn rotator I initially injured in a ‘copter crash in Vietnam. I was back in the gym working legs, cardiovascular, and working full time at my job a week later. Sounds like to me, Jarvis is just lazy and won’t see much college football action!

braveshater

May 26th, 2009
9:44 am

Who cares. Where are the UGA updates. This isnt a Southern California newspaper is it. Damn!

jm

May 26th, 2009
9:53 am

a broken hand shouldn’t keep you from being in shape.

sure maybe you can’t lift upper body weights… but there are a ton of things you can do for your core and lower body, as well as continuously work on your cardiovascular endurance.

this kid might be a natural on the field, but this also could be very telling about his work ethic and hunger for improving in the game.

Captain

May 26th, 2009
10:57 am

He’s a DE? Are you mistaken about the position Darryl or is he going to SC to play DE instead of LB?

Diamond Dawg

May 26th, 2009
11:04 am

Who Cares!!!!!!!!!!!! Dog food!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

H.S. Coach

May 26th, 2009
11:13 am

What, no knock on how UGA or Tech didn’t show this kid enough love. Wow, maybe the AJC is wising up.

Perspective

May 26th, 2009
12:06 pm

UGA showed this kid love way before USC did. I can’t knock him for going where he want’s. Just like Jawanza Starling, the safety from Florida who will be in his class, both of these kids may not see the field. I would go where I would play and be developed.

Ken

May 26th, 2009
12:33 pm

USC has a chance to win a national champioship every year, Georgia and Ga. Tech hasn’t had a chance since 1980.
Lazy or not, this kid gave himself a chance to win it all.

C-town

May 26th, 2009
12:56 pm

Go out to Cali and REP the state of GA, Jarvis! The UGA fan base is mad your going to USC. And this is from a UGA fan. Good luck

Rick S

May 26th, 2009
1:17 pm

I hope Jarvis enjoys California and gets alot of media attention on the left coast as he will get very little media coverage in the south. Jarvis WHO??

Maybe Next Year

May 26th, 2009
1:41 pm

A lot of haters on this board. Perhaps if Willie Martinez actually coached his players up Jarvis would’ve went to UGA. Let me think about this…play at USC or play for Willie “Inept” Martinez? No brainer! Best of luck to you Jarvis!

Maybe Next Year

May 26th, 2009
1:45 pm

USC had 2 first round lb drafted. Why go to UGA and get lit up like a christmas tree?

TUpac Urnhart Junior

May 26th, 2009
1:50 pm

who cares hommy. its a shame his hommies and family wont be able to see him play in person often. What a shame………….

Matt

May 26th, 2009
2:11 pm

so you cannot run when you break your thumb? Hmmm…

The truth

May 26th, 2009
3:30 pm

A friend of mine had a similar surgery. When he ran, he would feel pain in the area in which the surgery was performed. Also, keep in mind, this kid used other sports such as basketball to stay in shape. Actually, he used football to stay in shake for basketball as basketball was his first love.

FG

May 26th, 2009
3:36 pm

jarvis Jones is a great kid! Leave him alone and support him please!

BAMA STAN

May 26th, 2009
5:16 pm

12 NATIONAL TITLES – 21 SEC TITLES!!!

Best of luck to this young man – he is going to play on a team that is in the national spotlight every year – and will have a real chance to play for a National Title every year.

Yes – USC plays a Pac10 schedule that has less potholes – and have an easier path to the BCS than any SEC team — but I give them credit for playing big time national powers – anytime, anyplace to beef up their schedule – but the problem is finding teams that will schedule them.

This kid is living his dream – and playing at UGA (an historic regional powerhouse – not a historic national power) is a great choice for him.

Richt’s best years are behind him 2002 – 2005 – unless he gets Van Gorder back!!!!! Can’t blame the kid for wanting to go to USC – or Ohio State – or Florida – or Alabama over the traditional 4th/5th best team in the SEC.

Don’t give me that “we finished” number 2 in 2007 – UGA did not even win the SEC East that year – got beat by Tennessee and South Carolina.

Good luck to Jarvis Jones – hope your dreams come true.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 26th, 2009
5:51 pm

BAMA STAN-So you honestly think BAMA is going to have a better record than UGA this year?Really and why exactly is that?You lose YOUR starting QB and RB and OL line studs yet BAMA is supposed to be an elite team this year?You lost your last two games.The UTAH game showed how much you are going to miss that LT.Hell BAMA was 6-6 with all those great players Saban had in 07 so me…I’m not buying the BAMA is so great crap just yet!BAMA drops LSU,Ole Miss and Auburn maybe just maybe Tenn too.I mean hey your offense is not all that to begin with…. see Sugar Bowl

Technite

May 26th, 2009
5:57 pm

Who cares? Probably a good kid but who cares about a USC recruit? He is a has been as far as this State goes.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 26th, 2009
5:58 pm

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westcoast techie

May 26th, 2009
7:31 pm

From a pure football sense of preparing himself for the NFL, Jarvis made the right choice by going to USC. They are the best NFL prep school in the country. His major concern should be whether or not USC goes on probation while he’s there. The NCAA is currently investigating them on the Reggie Bush and the O. J. Mayo cases.

Dewayne

May 26th, 2009
7:53 pm

Best of luck to the kid, but he could still keep in shape!! No excuse for letting yourself go with a thumb injury! You have a full ride scholarship from a very good university. You gotta stay in the gym and be ready when that thumb heals!! You will be battling for a position at USC

Elephant Slayer

May 26th, 2009
7:55 pm

Bama Stan, STFU!! Your little elephants didn’t stand a chance against the mighty Gators in the SEC Championship game did they?? Sure as he – - did not! We wipped your a- – and then some. You want to talk smack about UGA when you don’t deserve the right to talk smack about anyone. Ole Miss will be the team we play in the SEC Champoinship this year, not your little retarded elephants. When it comes to “Finishing The Drill” just look to the Gators. Coach UM always puts the Gators in position to play for the SEC and National Championship!

Douglas

May 26th, 2009
8:01 pm

I agree with the other person and I’m a UGA grad, Class of 1985: If I was a defensive player wanting to get the best at playing in the NFL, I wouldn’t go to UGA either as long as Martinez is here. If he continues to get worse, the only way Richt will fire him is if our AD makes him which it may come to.

CJ

May 27th, 2009
2:15 am

UGA fans are the worst. Its no wonder this kid did not choose uga. He was called punk and thug after not picking uga. Grow up please. you guys will lose 5 games this year.

Blindog

May 27th, 2009
10:35 am

Jarvis Jones,,,Jasper Sanks, both from Columbus, Ga., both over-rated, both under-achievers!!!!!!!!!!

Blindog

May 27th, 2009
10:38 am

Whats the CJ stand for, Clueless Jack-ass?

wants willie to go

May 27th, 2009
12:39 pm

The problem with Georgia’s recruiting is Willie Martinez. His defense hurt the dog so bad last year that it’s going to take several years to repair. Who in the world would want to play for Willie? Willie needs to go ASAP. I would be ashamed to even show up again if I were Willie!!!

C-town

May 27th, 2009
12:54 pm

Jasper was 10 years ago…let it go. UGA lost Jarvis because they wait to late in the game. The 08 class had WR Jarmon Fortson from Carver…now starts for FSU. But UGA decide to sign T.King…big mistake…But Carver now has 6-6 DE in Corey Crawford and the best JR in the state in I.Crowell RB……….Maybe BOBO can make up for Jarvis & Fortson and sign these two kids….

Often Disappointed/Never Surprised!

May 27th, 2009
4:45 pm

Had thumb surgery several years ago and worked-out with no problem at all. In fact, this surgery permitted me to become more coordinated through the forced use of my weak hand. I am almost certain treadmills ans/or tracks don’t require hand holds or strong grips. This kid is in for a rude awakening. He will no longer be the best player on his team. High school days are gone. Better step it up big fella! One word, “Competition”!

FRED

May 28th, 2009
5:40 pm

I WISH HIM WELL BUT WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS LEAVING HIS STATE TO PLAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

Tom Trojan

May 28th, 2009
6:01 pm

USC fans welcome Jarvis with open arms!! If coach Carroll wanted him, thats good enough for me! Not to sweat it, USC coaches will get him ‘IN SHAPE’, bet on it! I hope UGA has a great year in 2009! GO DAWGS