By DARRYL MAXIE / email@example.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.”