Former Carver-Columbus star linebacker Jarvis Jones has decided to transfer to the University of Georgia from Southern Cal.
That was the word from Carver-Columbus coach Dell McGee, who first delivered the news in a text message that read: “Jarvis is a GA Bulldog.”
“That’s what he told me he is going to do,” McGee said in a phone call moments later. “It’s not official yet but that’s what is going to happen.”
McGee went on to say Jones has not yet signed a financial aid agreement with the Bulldogs but intends to do so as soon as possible.
Jones has not returned phone and text messages. But McGee said he got the word from Jones himself.
“I actually got a few texts from him and other people about it,” said McGee, who had just gotten off the phone with Jones. “I told him I was happy for him and I would support him no matter wherever he decides to go. Then I said ‘Go Dawgs!’”
Jones has spent the last two days in Athens touring the school and football facilities and meeting with medical personnel to discuss the neck injury that cut short his freshman season at USC.
Jones, then a freshman linebacker, sprained his neck in the Trojans’ eighth game last season and had to sit out the rest of the year. USC doctors subsequently would not clear Jones for spring practice this year.
McGee said Jones sought a second and third opinion and was told he should be able to continue his career but the Trojans still relented. He finally asked for and was granted a release from USC.
McGee said Jones was medically cleared by UGA doctors on Tuesday. However, Jones will still have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. In an interview with the AJC later Tuesday night, Jones told the AJC he is all right with taking a redshirt year. He will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2011.
McGee credited Georgia players Aaron Murray and Orson Charles for helping persuade Jones to join them in Athens.
“He played with those guys in the U.S. Army All-American Game and they’ve been friends ever since,” McGee said. “I know they took him out and showed him around and that’s a big reason he wanted to go there.”
Jones (6-foot-3, 236 pounds) is a 2008 AJC Super 11 selection who signed with USC in February of 2009 after a rigorous recruiting battle between Georgia, Florida, LSU and Texas. This time he was deciding between the Bulldogs, Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina.
Jones played in the first eight games of his freshman season with the Trojans and was being talked about as USC’s next great linebacker. He finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.