Ten at 10: LB Jarvis Jones has left USC, seeks transfer

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Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones poses for his AJC Super 11 photo in 2008.

Carver-Columbus linebacker Jarvis Jones poses for his AJC Super 11 photo in 2008.

1. Former Carver-Columbus star Jarvis Jones has come home. Where he’ll continue his football career is now the big question. The 2008 AJC Super 11 linebacker has secured a scholarship release from Southern Cal and intends to transfer, Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee confirmed Thursdsay morning. Where that will be and when is unclear at this point. . . . Jones was having a banner freshman season for the Trojans before neck injury against Oregon in the eighth game sidelined him for the rest of the year. There apparently is some debate about whether Jones should continue his career. Speaking to reporters in late March, new USC coach Lane Kiffin said of Jones: “I’m not very positive about the possibilities of him playing here. I don’t know how to describe it from a medical perspective. There’s a serious concern that hits or a number of hits could lead to permanent damage.” But McGee made it clear that Jones does indeed intend to continue playing football. “I can’t really talk about anything until everything’s official,” McGee said Thursday morning. “He’s still got to get paperwork to his schools of interest.” And what are those schools of interest? “I can’t say that right now,” McGee said. Jones will have three years of eligibility remaining.

2. To refresh your memory, Jones (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) was a very highly-regarded prospect who starred for Carver and helped it win a state championship in 2007. A two-time Class AAA defensive player of the year — he had 157 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior — he chose the Trojans over Georgia, Florida, LSU and Texas in a long and intense recruitment. In fact, Georgia coach Mark Richt spent six hours with Jones a week before national signing day in 2009. McGee would not say if those four finalists now move to the forefront for Jones. But whoever gets him, there is a possibility Jones could be immediately eligible, McGee said. Asked if Jones would be sitting out a year, as NCAA rules stipulate in a standard Division 1 transfer, McGee said: “Not necessarily. He could possibly play this year. We don’t know what the stipulations will be.” . . . Jones, by the way, is at least the second former Carver-Columbus player off the 2007 state championship team to change colleges. Former Carver quarterback DeRon DeFurr – who was Class offensive player of the year in 2007 — left Auburn, where he had been moved to safety, for Memphis, where he is now a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker.

3. UGA-bound quarterback Christian LeMay of Matthews, N.C., is gearing up for a very busy summer. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound athlete will attend the Bulldogs’ first major camp on June 12 in Athens (along with younger brother, WR Uriah LeMay), compete in the Nike 7-on-7 national championships in Oregon, then head out to West again in late July to participate in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp in Mission Viejo, Calif. LeMay’s team, the defending Class 4A champion Butler Bulldogs, were recently ranked the No. 2 team in the country for the 2010 season.

4. Speaking of LeMay, one of his buddies, WR Charone Peake (6-4 194) of Dorman High in Spartanburg, S.C., is expected to cut down his extensive list of offers to five by the end of next week. “That’s what I’m guessing,” coach Dave Gutshall told PalmettoSports.com. “His top three in no order are Clemson, Georgia and Florida. I think those are the three that are the top runners. And I think he’ll consider a couple away from here like Notre Dame and Southern Cal. They have recruited him hard.” Peake is one of the Bulldogs’ — and LeMay’s — main targets for 2011.

5. Another primary target for the Bulldogs is OT Xzavier Ward (6-7, 260) of Colquitt County. He dropped in on the Bulldogs Tuesday and spent a lot of time with offensive line coach Stacy Searels (Richt was in Destin for the SEC spring meetings). “He said they have a need for left tackle and that I could fill that need,” Ward said of Searels. “I like it up there.” Ward said he’s not in a hurry to make a decision. He hopes to whittle down his dozen-plus offers to five by the beginning of the football season, take official visits, then make a move sometime after that. In addition to the Bulldogs, he said he likes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Tennessee.

6. Tackles are a big priority for Georgia in 2011. The Bulldogs have also offered Dalton’s Watts Dantzler; Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C.; Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn.; and, earlier this week, Zach DeBell of Tarpon Springs, Fla. A couple of leftovers from the story I did on DeBell, who received an offer from UGA this week. One, he said he plans to make a decision sometime before the end of the senior season. Two, he would like for recruiters to be aware of his teammate, running back Darius Daniels. “I’m telling people, he’s a fantastic player. He runs 4.3 40, has great moves, is strong.” He’s also small (5-8, 160). But he ran for 1,050 yards and 11 TDs behind the DeBell-led line.

7. Brandon Reed, 6-3, 180-pound point guard seeking to transfer from Arkansas State, visited Georgia Tech overnight Tuesday, according to GoJackets.com. The Atlanta native (Whitefield Academy) visited Clemson on Wednesday and is scheduled to take a trip to Tennessee over the weekend. Word is Reed plans to make a decision between those three by Tuesday. Reed lit it up at as freshman at Arkansas State, averaging 15.1 ppg. It’s no wonder coach John Brady doesn’t want to release him from his scholarship. However, Reed said he’s prepared to sit out a year if he needs to. So it may  be a moot point.

8. You probably saw where Georgia defensive end signee Jalen Fields of Dalton did not meet NCAA freshman eligibility requirements. Well, Marty Kirkland of the Dalton Citizen wrote a nice piece on Fields that illustrates the anguish these kids feel as they try to meet expectations. Said Fields to Kirkland: “As a person, it hurt me because I was the first to commit and I’ll be the last one to be there. I know a whole bunch of other kids across the country are going to junior colleges and going the same route as I did, but I felt kind of embarrassed about myself and ashamed. But I know I’ll get an education and still have an opportunity.” Fields plans to attend Georgia Military College.

9. One question regarding Georgia’s 2011 recruiting class is if the Bulldogs will sign a kicker. A prospect to keep an eye on Matt Ehasz of Camden County High. The 5-11 155-pound rising senior reportedly was very impressive at a recent UGA kicking camp. He’s scheduled camp at South Carolina on June 12 and is expected to make a decision soon after that. He currently does not have any firm offers but also is considering North Carolina and Wake Forest. So whomever offers first could be the winner in this battle.

10. THIS & THAT: Georgia Tech offered DE Roderick Byers (6-3, 262) of Rock Hill, S.C., during the recently-completed evaluation period, according to PalmettoSports.com. He’s also holding offers from Maryland, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Wake Forest. . . . Ohio’s Braxton Miller, one of the top-ranked quarterback prospects in the country and one who holds an offer from UGA, will announce his college choice at a noon press conference today. M0st expect it will be Ohio State. . . .

The Ogletree twins — Alec and Zander — got a lot of credit for Newnan’s good fortunes the last couple of seasons. But anyone who saw the Cougars play knew that linebacker Adam Strakose was another big reason Newnan had such a ferocious defense. After recently graduating with honors, Strakose this week accepted a scholarship offer from West Georgia College. . . . Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew got offer number 26 from University of Miami. Drew is now the top prospect in Georgia per new the Rivals.com and ESPNU 150 rankings. . . . New Under Armour All-America additions this week are Ryan Kelly, an offensive lineman from West Chester, Ohio; and Denzel Williams, an defensive back from Arlington, Texas. . . .

Georgia may have another resident participating on “The Ride” after all. Landmark Christian’s Carson Barnett turned down the opportunity to be on the televised reality series/quarterback competition. But Collins Hill’s Taylor Heinicke, who went toe-to-toe with Barnett at the Atlanta FBU camp back in April, may end up filling the spot. He’s being considered, according to FBU’s Erik Richards. Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason competed on the show for under-the-radar quarterback prospects last year. He’s now on scholarship at UGA.

75 comments Add your comment

Luke

June 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

OH MY LAWG FIRST!

DOWG

June 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

IndianaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

I would love to have Jarvis roaming around between the hedges as a Dawg next year. I hope that his injury is healed up and ready to go so that he can continue to play.

Brutus

June 3rd, 2010
10:35 am

No mention of Braxton Miller QB and UGA offer and his press conference to announce today?

DP

June 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Chip, I haven’t seen you mention it but AL.com reported a day or two ago that Blake Sims needs to make an A and a B in two summer school courses to qualify for admission to Alabama. If he finishes the classes and makes the grades, he won’t enroll at Tuscaloosa until January. If not he will likely be headed to junior college.

Leonard

June 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

Talking about “under the radar”…this Robert Trotter who played at Landmark but is now at McIntosh is “under the radar” but can catch anything thrown to him! He can juke. Great yards after the catch. Also, great corner/safety and return specialist. Has speed, quickness, shuttle, verticle leap, etc. Good kid. Beta Club, etc. Check out his highlight video >>>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt0rpxW3rYM

UGA 82

June 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Braxton is all Buckeye….mark it down.

IndianaDawg

June 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

Brutus, I think that’s because Braxton Miller is expected to chose Ohio State today. I’m not sure the Dawgs are still in the running, now with Mr. Christian LeMay being on board.

ryan

June 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

Charone Peake and X. Ward will be a Dog.

MustangJacket

June 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Could GA State be picking up another big transfer should Jones have to sit out a year? Sounds to me like he will have to sit out which would be very good for GSU, again.

Plus, if Lane feels that shaky about his football career, I can’t see a UGA or GT taking a chance on him. His injury was gnarly. Neck injuries aren’t good, GSU would gladly take the chance though.

bill_in_atl

June 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

Congrats Brutus. It has now been mentioned….by you.

I’m assuming you’re a tOSU fan and I’m also assuming you think he’ll be a bucknut, otherwise you wouldn’t be here talking about him.

UGA got their QB already.

78 DAWG

June 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

Why waste time with recruiting that doesn’t involve the DAWGS. The DAWGS are the only team that matters. We own the SEC and the SEC owns the country. Florida, Cry Bamy, Yech are all jealous and thier schools stink.

Glory Glory

June 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

Jarvis is def coming to Athens. His injury “showed him the light”, and now he wants to return close to home. A year off for healing reasons may not be a bad thing.

Oh how the ship is starting to set sail at UGA!!! Special years ahead my friends!!

93 days til kickoff!!!!!!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 3rd, 2010
11:05 am

Miller never seriusly considered UGA…. lots of pressure on him to go to Ohio State.

GT

June 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

get an education 78 Dawg…..and then, maybe you can spell.

sheiladawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

i actually have seen robert trotter play. wow!!! he can play! i heard that he tore up the fbu camp in charlotte — i think he went to the fbu charlotte and not in atlanta because of a scheduling conflict. because of his performance there, fbu invited him to the elite “top gun camp” in virginia in july. i have seen his highlight video before, just watched it again! i love watching it! chip, you need to check out robert trotter!!!

Alabamadawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Thanks for the updates, Chip.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 3rd, 2010
11:23 am

great updates Chip!! Thanks, Dawgs will have a phenomenal class in 2011

KD

June 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

If UGA is looking for some kickers, I know there is a kid at Lowdnes and a kid at Ware County, that is a straight back kicker that can kick it 60 yds and can also punt the ball that far if not farther.

Tdawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Jarvis, would most assuredly love to have you, but man do not, I say do not risk a life long injury. I bleed Georgia red, but I’d kind of like to see you walking rather than see you in a wheelchair. If you are all the way back and I do mean all the way, then I would welcome you to Georgia if you so desire. What the heck were you doing in California anyway?

Max40

June 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Several of those OL are going to play for Dooley at UT.
So is Kerbyson of Knoxville who will pick UT over Bama, Southern Cal.

The Most Interesting Man In The World

June 3rd, 2010
11:32 am

I may not watch college football, but when I do, “It’s the Georgia Bulldogs”. Stay thirsty my friends

The Most Interesting Man In The World

June 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

I may not watch college football, but when I want to watch a losing team,” I watch Georgia Tech”. Stay thirsty my friends.

Bubba

June 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

Keep the good looking illegal aliens. and deport the rest.Me love Taco Bell

Bubba

June 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

We should not allow ugly illegal aliens like the one at KSU

joe

June 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Is a straight back kicker the opposite of a homo back kicker? Man those guys can really get their legs up…

Chip Towers

June 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

DP: I hadn’t seen that but I knew Blake Sims had some academic issues at Gainesville. I don’t like to get into that subject much because it’s pretty personal — see No. 8 in today’s Ten @ 10 — and it’s actually a private matter by law. You can ask but these kids don’t have to tell you a thing.

Chip Towers

June 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Brutus: Actually I meant to mention that but forgot. A lot of info today. But I’ll add it. Isn’t Braxton Miller to Ohio State the worst kept secret in recruiting this year?

Hunker Down

June 3rd, 2010
11:43 am

I wish Jarvis the very best. Good luck and stay healthy!

Drago

June 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

Great to hear that Adam Strakose finally signed somewhere. He will make a big difference at SUWG.

McDawg

June 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

so USC is telling Jarvis he cannot get the medical clearance to play???

Miz

June 3rd, 2010
11:57 am

Come on Chip!!!! I know you work hard but West Georgia College haven’t existed in over 10 years. It can’t be that hard to check facts. Just so you know it’s called the University of West Georgia. Other than that, keep up the good work.

spider

June 3rd, 2010
12:01 pm

knowing bill curry he would NOT risk putting a kid out there on the field who may not be 100 pct healthy

John

June 3rd, 2010
12:08 pm

Jarvis is talking to FSU and Clemson also. I know that Jimbo Fisher really wanted him, and he is good friends with Jarmon Fortson. He also has friends at Clemson.

naganole

June 3rd, 2010
12:09 pm

Jarvis is def coming to Athens?? LOL. Just wait til you see what school he’s already picked, y’all are gonna love this… :smug:

Pago Pago Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:12 pm

What doctor is going to clear a kid with a neck problem! The doctor better have real good malpractice insurance…think about it.

McDawg

June 3rd, 2010
12:16 pm

or what insurance company will cover the program?

Phoneguy71

June 3rd, 2010
12:29 pm

Wow, this class “COULD” be shaping up extremely well for my beloved Dawgs!! We are taking no prisoners on this recruiting trail man!
Geez I can’t wait!!!!!
GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

Paul The Vol

June 3rd, 2010
12:37 pm

Every class shapes up well for Georgia and what do they have under Richt? 2 SEC championships. Either someone is overrating the talent or undercoaching it.

Captain

June 3rd, 2010
12:41 pm

Chip, your quote about Fields isn’t factually correct. It isn’t he “didn’t meet admission requirements at Georgia”, he didn’t meet the NCAA initial eligibility requirements. Your statement makes it appear that the Univ has admission requirements for athletes. Georgia, like every SEC and ACC program (including GT) admits student athletes who have been certified eligible by the NCAA using the NCAA CORE and SAT or ACT test score requirements. Don’t make it appear this young man was denied Entry into The Univ of Ga as if he might have been admitted elsewhere.

Phoneguy71

June 3rd, 2010
12:46 pm

@Paul
They have 2 SEC Champs and what should have been a shot at National Championship.
As far as being under coached, I will agree with Martinez there on defense they were under coached. But with a new DC, now we will see if it makes a difference, and it will.

Damaged goods we do not need

June 3rd, 2010
12:49 pm

The kid made his mind up a couple of years ago. Let UGA move on, besides, he is now damaged goods and we do not need any more damged goods. We have about 3 or 4 offensive tackles that have knee issues and they are not helping UGA out. We need hit the ground running kids ………not another project to just heal and heal.

Go Dogs.

Max40

June 3rd, 2010
12:52 pm

Paul what is kind of amazing is 2 of Fulmer’s last 3 recruiting classes
were flat out bad. Luckily Lane and now Dooley have followed those messes up with 2 very good classes in a row. If some teams can’t beat
us this year – they could be waiting a long time.

English

June 3rd, 2010
12:58 pm

Jarvis Jones, take a look at GSU. It’s a great opportunity.

Go State!

Monticello Dawg

June 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

About UGA recruiting- sure the Dogs recruit well, but for the last few years have not been able to corral as many 5* game-changers as Florida and LSU, and lately Bama.

John

June 3rd, 2010
2:03 pm

naganole, do you know something that the rest of us don’t? if so, let us know or tell us how you know your information. I have heard that there is a certain school that he likes, but I don’t know for certain. Coach Hudson could have a very talented unit to work with.

Roc

June 3rd, 2010
4:03 pm

I think naganole is referring to the many posts about JJ on the Noles’ blogs. Apparently Jarvis is seriously considering the Noles. Being in Columbus, I would’ve thought that I’d heard about this already but no such luck.

college foot

June 3rd, 2010
4:14 pm

with any kind of neck injury your taking a chance of permanent injury with the next hit. That young man should be very careful. These coachs that love him so much will put him in the line of fire regardless. He better get an education and forget football, better than being a quadraplegic.

Bill W.

June 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Uga'91

June 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Man I hope that kid isn’t considering risking his life to play football. As far his injury being career threatening, you have to consider the source..Kiffin doesn’t strike me as the type of guy that would let a kid walk if there was any way he could take the field. Either him and Kiffin don’t get along or the kid is really injured. I hope it’s the former. Chip please explain what it takes to pass a physical to play D-1 ball?