USC transfer Jarvis Jones chooses Georgia Bulldogs

Former Carver-Columbus star linebacker Jarvis Jones has decided to transfer to the University of Georgia from Southern Cal.

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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.

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theTruth

June 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

The dream team continues……

wlson haynes

June 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

banshee29

June 15th, 2010
5:46 pm

welcome young man…time to hunker down

OEJ

June 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

If this is true, welcome home, and GO DAWGS. If he is really 100% healthy, this would be great since I dont think James Vaughters is commiting to UGA.

RFP

June 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Big catch for UGA. Can’t wait to see him in the 3-4.

AJGREENFAN

June 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Fool me once, shame you……….fool me twice, you can’t get fooled again.

theTruth

June 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Chip, quick work, I was emailing you then saw it pop up. Do you think this will help with the guys at Carver, especially some guy named Crowell?

bill_in_atl

June 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

Awesome news and good for him. Frankly I can’t fathom why USC wouldn’t have gotten 2nd and 3rd opinions on his neck. Seems like he’s been checked several times now and every other doctor has given the green light.

No matter, congrats to UGA and Jarvis.

Chuy Dawg

June 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

I was upset when we didn’t land him a few years back. Yeah come on!!!

He will bring the other Carver boys with him too. This summer will be huge for UGA recruiting.

GO DAWGS

[...] star left the Trojans after being injured during the 2009 season. He will be eligible in 2010. 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.» [...]

theTruth

June 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

OEJ, I agree, Vaughters is going to Stanford and that will be a good choice for him at least academically.

Like someone said, IF healthy and I believe UGA did a physical on him, he was also the #1 lb in the state, a huge pickup for the dawgs.

RockyTop

June 15th, 2010
5:51 pm

good luck to him except vs UT.
Hope he can stay healthy.

Chip –Will you interview Brian Randolph soon???

1eyedJack

June 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

Chuy Dawg, I believe that was last year.

Great News. Go Dawgs!!

matt

June 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

Will he be able to play in 2010, or does he have to wait a year?

JJR

June 15th, 2010
5:53 pm

Just think of the talent that’s starting to pour in! Go Dawgs

JaxDAWG

June 15th, 2010
5:56 pm

matt – word is 2010

txdawg

June 15th, 2010
5:57 pm

Does this mean that our RB turned LB with definately redshirt this year????

Barkin'Dog

June 15th, 2010
5:58 pm

Been waiting to hear this news – it’s great. Funny thing is, this is the year the Dawgs make the big noise! Next year year will be a repeat. ;-)

ColumbusDawg

June 15th, 2010
5:59 pm

Glad to see him come! Columbus is full of football talent. Hopefully we will see more Columbus players in the near future. Go DAWGS!

1eyedJack

June 15th, 2010
5:59 pm

My bad…two years back 2009.

Billy Jack could fight

June 15th, 2010
5:59 pm

Was Jarvis a 4 star recruit or a 5 star recruit out of highschool..???

Go Badgers

June 15th, 2010
5:59 pm

Juniors & Seniors can tranfer without sitting out a year!

damaged goods

June 15th, 2010
6:01 pm

hope nothing bad happens to this kid…

Recruitnik

June 15th, 2010
6:01 pm

Huge pickup for CMR and CTG. Awesome news.

Robert

June 15th, 2010
6:02 pm

Jarvis was a 5-star.

HURRA-CRANE

June 15th, 2010
6:02 pm

This is Great! The Grantham move is already starting to pay off! That 2009 recruiting class (Murray, Ealey, Charles, Brown, Wooten, now Jones) could end up being the best class in UGA history!

the TRUTH

June 15th, 2010
6:03 pm

GO DAWGS…I LOVE IT.

Courtney

June 15th, 2010
6:04 pm

HaHa.. Heck with Lane Kiffin!

bill_in_atl

June 15th, 2010
6:05 pm

He was 4-star by Rivals and Scout. #3 overall player in GA. #3 SLB by Scout. #4 WDE Rivals. #72 overall in the country by Rivals.

Is that enough info and stars and numbers?

Billy Jack could fight

June 15th, 2010
6:07 pm

bill_in_atl yes thanks man….I need that ammo when I’m bragging to my Gator friend…(I only have 1 gator friend but his annoyance equals 5 people)

quaid

June 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

19th Hole Dawg

June 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

Welcome back to Georgia, Jarvis!!

We look forward to seeing you in Red & Black in Grantham’s defense.

Great pick-up. This class is really picking up steam.

Go Dawgs!!

quaid

June 15th, 2010
6:08 pm

AS DO THE DAWGS

BD

June 15th, 2010
6:11 pm

The Dream Team – aka lets all sit around and day dream about what it would be like to beat Florida.

You have 7 more years to be in the series lead ….. GATOR BAIT! UF 17-3 against UGA since 1990.

Grandpa Right

June 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

His he immediately eligible?

longdog

June 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

What in the world is wrong at Tech man boobs cant sign anyone, sure would hate to be a tech fan GO JARVIS

BirdDog

June 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

This is a huge pick up for UGA! Hopefully, the NCAA will let him play this year. Awesome baby!

Forsyth Co, Dawg

June 15th, 2010
6:12 pm

Keep em’ coming richt!!!! GATA

BD

June 15th, 2010
6:13 pm

Also I am jealous of UGA and their Dream team!

bill_in_atl

June 15th, 2010
6:14 pm

Billy….This is a very good football player. He was seeing a lot of action as a true freshman at USC. And if you need more ammo, remind them that he is from the same school as Isiah Crowell and Gabe Wright as well. Should help with those two and they are very important pieces to the puzzle.

This will make losing Vaughters to Stanford much easier to swallow. He is a perfect fit for Grantham’s defense and it’s clear that Belin and Grantham’s replacement of Jancek and Willie are a big part of the reason he chose UGA this time around.

TODD GRANTHAM=THE MAN

June 15th, 2010
6:17 pm

This is very exciting! This class is increasingly getting stronger! Just think DAWG fans, we will more than likely add Watts Danzler! DREAM TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!

Pi$$onaDawg

June 15th, 2010
6:18 pm

UGA will the National Champs for the ENTIRE Decade now for sure. New phrase at UGA is now, “Wait Til This Year.” Well that will be the chant of course until This Year is over and UGA will not even make to the DOME again.

TampaGator

June 15th, 2010
6:20 pm

As a Gator fan I will be the first to say that I am a bit worried about what is going on in Athens. Between you guys actually hiring a decent coaching staff to this “Dream Team” Crap it has me worried.

destin dawg

June 15th, 2010
6:21 pm

We were a little unlucky last year… had too many penalties.. lost a couple close ones.. gave away Kentucky game !!! this Year great things are going on… plenty of good talent… new coaches… great recruiting class just gets better !!!! Go Dawgs !!!!

Really?

June 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

Pi$$onaDawg – no that is not the new phrase. All that will be said is we just got a great pick up in Jones. Now try again!

Chip Towers

June 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

Grandpa Right: I have been told Jones will NOT be eligible next season.

bkbroila4224

June 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

Yes, Grampa…He is immediately eligible!!!

bkbroila4224

June 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

Wrong Chip…He will be…LMKO!!!!

Really

June 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

Really — All we need to know is if JJ’s favorite food is Gator?

TODD GRANTHAM=THE MAN

June 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

WE NEED SOME D LINEMEN. ANYONE GOT ANY NAMES OF RECRUITS ON THE D LINE WHO ARE CONSIDERING/ FAVORING UGA?