LB Jarvis Jones says he plans to redshirt at Georgia

Jarvis Jones was having a great freshman season at USC before a neck injury sidelined him for the last eight games. (Photo by WeAreSC.com)

Jarvis Jones was having a great freshman season at USC before a neck injury sidelined him for the last eight games. (Photo by WeAreSC.com)

Jarvis Jones won’t be suiting up for the Georgia Bulldogs this fall.

The ballyhooed linebacker from Columbus — who made up his mind on Tuesday to transfer from Southern Cal to UGA — said he could try to gain immediate eligibility with the Bulldogs, but he doesn’t plan to pursue it.

“I’m redshirting no matter what,” said Jones, speaking by telephone late Tuesday as he remained in Athens for a second night. “I’m going to sit out the season and get my body right.”

Jones will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Jones spent Monday and Tuesday in Athens touring the school and football facilities and hanging out with players before deciding to commit to the Bulldogs late Tuesday afternoon.

He also met with medical personnel to discuss the neck injury that cut short his freshman season at USC. Jones said was cleared by UGA doctors, who examined him thoroughly and put him through a series of tests Tuesday morning.

“I did good on all my tests and went through everything and they said I looked all right,” Jones said. “I’m just going to take some extra time to make sure I’m completely healthy.”

Then a freshman linebacker, Jones 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 medically clear Jones for spring practice this year. Jones sought second and third opinions and said he was told he should be able to play football. But the Trojans’ doctors still refused to  clear him. Jones finally asked for and was granted a release from USC.

“It was just some nerve damage,” Jones said of the injury. “I pinched a couple of nerves in my neck and they thought it might now heal, but it did.”

Jones had intended to visit Florida State and maybe a few other schools before deciding on a new destination. But he said he saw all he needed in the last two days in Athens.

“It’s just a totally different situation than it was when I was coming out of high school,” Jones said. “I always liked Georgia. I always liked the way Coach [Mark] Richt carried himself and how he runs his program and that he’s a Godly man and all that. But this time it was more of business decision.

“I sat down with the new defensive coordinator, Coach [Todd] Grantham, and we talked for a long time. I really like his defense and the way he’s got everything planned out. I believe he can coach me up and help me get ready for the NFL.”

Jones still has to complete SEC financial aid paperwork to make the transfer to Georgia official. And even when he does sign the agreement, it is binding within the conference only. He would still be free to go to FSU or another out-of-conference school if he chose.

But Jones said he intends to stick with UGA and will begin classes in early July.

“I’m going to shut everything down,” he said of his recruitment. “I’m definitely a Georgia Bulldog now. I’m not looking for any attention and going all over the place like I did last time. This is home. I’m good.”

Before the neck injury, Jones (6-foot-3, 236 pounds) played in the first eight games of his freshman season with the Trojans and was talked about as USC’s next great linebacker. He finished with 13 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

The 2008 AJC Super 11 selection was twice named Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year and had 234 tackles his final two seasons in high school. He signed with USC in February 2009 after a rigorous recruiting battle between Georgia, Florida, LSU and Texas. This time he chose the Bulldogs over Florida State, Clemson and North Carolina.

112 comments Add your comment

CADawg

June 16th, 2010
1:01 am

Looks like a great addition. He’s smart to sit out this year and get healthy.

Mr Me

June 16th, 2010
1:02 am

I think this will end up being a great addition, hopefully the year off will get him back to 100% physically but moreso mentally. With an injury like that most guys tend to play scared but the year off should help with that.

Good choice

June 16th, 2010
1:03 am

The redshirt year will be the best thing for him, but could be another Knowshon situation where we only get his services for one good year. I hope everything works out for him and the dawgs!

CONFEDERATE DAWG

June 16th, 2010
1:13 am

WISH THE KID THE BEST. SURE DO WISH HE WOULDA CAME OFF THE RIP. GET A DEGREE JUST IN CASE BIG DAWG!

ONELOVE GA

Dawg in Iraq

June 16th, 2010
1:14 am

Great pickup. I remember being crushed when he went to USC. Welcome back. Now please, work on your former teamates. Go dream team!!!

Mr CVS Jr

June 16th, 2010
1:17 am

Don’t be surprised to see Jay Rome from Valdosta commit to UGA also. I’ve been to the camp in that he has been participating in the last two days in Cairo playing basketball and he is a lean.

Dawg House

June 16th, 2010
1:24 am

Woooooooo Hoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Love what I’ve been reading this offseason (if there’s such thing as an “offseason” for true SEC football fans). It’s an exciting time to beca Georgia Bulldog. The recruits are realizing this as well as the fans.

Hate On Haters!!!!!! We will be busy loving and supporting our team!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!!

TrojanILB

June 16th, 2010
1:27 am

Good pickup. I saw him up close a couple of games…he’s the real deal. Hope it works out for him and UGA.

Recruitnik

June 16th, 2010
1:30 am

Chip great article. I believe Jarvis is making a wise decision sitting out and getting ready for 2011. He is a great young man and I am looking forward to him representing the red and black.

track dawg

June 16th, 2010
1:37 am

How Bout dem dawgs!

Amsterdam Sam

June 16th, 2010
2:09 am

I find it amazing the attitude change a couple of years of maturity can bring about. This is the kind of DAWG I like – one who, like a bulldog, is loyal, committed, bad to the bone and capable. There is no teacher in life like – life. He will be a much better player having gone through this and realizing there is “NO PLACE LIKE HOME”. To the state of Georgia recruits – something special is unfolding. Become part of it. Stay home and make us proud to call the state of Georgia (UGA is the flagship) home. No other school has a better or more beautiful campus, school and fan spirit, academics (Vanderbuilt, alone, did beat us in academic improvement of some sort) and you will be loved no more anywhere else than here. It is a win, win, win situation for all inside this great state where your family, friends, and hopefull, someday, employers (NFL for some) will never forget you.

Boone's Farm

June 16th, 2010
2:48 am

I’m glad the ” dream job ” at USC for Lane Kiffen is becoming a nightmare.
……………The punk deserves it.

Hunker Down

June 16th, 2010
3:52 am

Makes a lot of sense for Jarvis to sit out a year and make sure his neck is100%. Sounds like a very mature player in listening to what he has to share about healing and the been there done it before on the recruiting trips. He has found home and is happy so settle in and start concentrating on school and football. Look forward to watching you eat some Gators for lunch in 2011. Go Dawgs!

run the ball

June 16th, 2010
5:20 am

Bobo, run the ball. Not a delayed handoff, or a sprint draw, but with a pulling guard or tackle and our TWO all american fullbacks. Run the ball! Let our fullbacks run from the I-formation about 10 times a game. Ealey and King can touch it another 40 between the two of them. If we hand the ball off 50 times a game, we will win every one of them. Literally try to hand off 40-50 times a game instead of looking at the scoreboard. What’s CMR’s record when we have a back rush for over 100yds? The only way Georgia will win a NC is to be a power running team. Stop trying to turn Joe Cox into Matthew Stafford, and hand the damn ball to your backs.

destin dawg

June 16th, 2010
5:46 am

Very mature…. red shirt… get your grades… be ready… great conditioning means less injuries.. UGA is on a roll !!

falcon

June 16th, 2010
6:35 am

barneyb

June 16th, 2010
6:42 am

Best of luck to Jarvis- now pull up your pants, son!

ugaalum81

June 16th, 2010
6:43 am

Another blow for Lane Kiffin, LMAO. Good decision, Jarvis- now get your pants off the ground!

Dawg Fan

June 16th, 2010
6:44 am

Welcome to the Bulldawg Nation Jarvis and CMR’s Dream Team.

Ok UGA Haters it is your time to chime in.

Bulldog59

June 16th, 2010
7:02 am

A valuable addition that does NOT count against our 2011 scholarship count.

He’ll have a season to study the 3-4 and should be ready to earn significant playing time in 2011.

Spike

June 16th, 2010
7:26 am

Get healthy and then GATA>

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 16th, 2010
7:27 am

Obviously Jarvis has a different out look on life and perhaps has become a bit more humble after being dropped by USC. He needs a year to get his neck completely healed. Obviously if he is ready he will be a NFL prospect after a couple of years of play.

Fae

June 16th, 2010
7:37 am

It would be nice if he got his head together as well as his body. Like stay out of trouble, out of bars, and maybe study.

GT Dog

June 16th, 2010
7:45 am

Gotta love it! The Tech wanabe that uses the names of his blow up dolls to post is back. Oh, doll of the day is named Fae?

LMAO

Herschel Talker

June 16th, 2010
7:47 am

Someone please explain to me why the USC doctors wouldn’t clear him. Something doesn’t smell right here.

MMA is stupid

June 16th, 2010
7:47 am

“Pants on the ground…pants on the ground….actin like a fool with yo pants on the ground”.

devildawgnc

June 16th, 2010
7:49 am

run the ball’s comment looks like it came from late last year or something. a hint: joe cox ain’t in athens no mo!

Jarvis’ comments sound mature. I’m just glad he thought Athens was a place he could call home for the next 3-4 years! And the red-shirt decision is wise, though it’d be nice to have another stud linebacker to throw into the mix this fall.

turkeycaller

June 16th, 2010
7:58 am

Ga. leave this one alone. He shunned you before and if Kiffen and crew won’t keep him then you don’t want him. This is not the only kid who can play defense and help. Let something else lap up spilled goods. Let’s keep eating off our plate.

naganole

June 16th, 2010
8:05 am

Very nice pull for UGA. By all accounts he was planning on coming to FSU, but Richt wanted him as a 3-4 OLB and we wanted him as a rush end. These are the things CMR has to do to be successful (landing the top instate prospects). I give him props…

Mike S

June 16th, 2010
8:22 am

Turkeycaller are you really that ignorant or are you just being disingenuous?

Jarvis requested his release from USC not the other way around. The docs at USC would not clear him to play, even after he got multiple opinions that his neck is fine.

To say USC did not want him or that he is spilled goods is just flat out false and you know it.

Team Player

June 16th, 2010
8:33 am

Give this one some thought Coach Richt. Right out of the box this athletic says” I think he can get me ready for the NFL” or “this is a business decision” What happened to “TEAM” or maybe even this is a place to get an education.

BigTimeTECHFan

June 16th, 2010
8:33 am

Dog – Frame like that, I would have guessed 5′11″, He’s 6′3″ and built like Ray Lewis. Most tall linebackers are not as compact.

2009: Jones saw significant action as a backup strongside linebacker and key special teamer as a first-year freshman in 2009. Overall in 2009 while appearing in the first 8 games, he had 13 tackles, including 1.5 for losses. He suffered a neck sprain at Oregon and was sidelined for USC’s last 5 games. He had 5 tackles (1 for a loss) against San Jose State, 1 tackle at Ohio State, 3 tackles (0.5 for a loss) against Washington State, and then 2 tackles against both Notre Dame and Oregon State.

HIGH SCHOOL: His 2008 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-USA second team, ESPN 150, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Dream Team, Sporting News Top 100, Super Prep All-Dixie, Prep Star All-Southeast, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11, All-State Class AAA first team and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-City Defensive MVP as a senior linebacker at Carver High in Columbus (Ga.). He had 77 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles in 2008 despite being sidelined late in the season with a broken thumb. As a junior in 2007, he made Rivals.com Junior All-American first team, All-State Class AAA Defensive MVP and Columbus Ledger-Enquirer All-City Defensive MVP. He had 157 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions in 2007. Carver won the 2007 Georgia state AAA championship.

He also played basketball at Carver, winning 2008 All-State honors. TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
2009 (Fr.)… 13 1.5/2 0 0

GAME-BY-GAME WITH JARVIS JONES
2009 TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
San Jose St. 5 1/1 0 0
Ohio State 1 0/0 0 0
Wash. St. 3 0.5/1 0 0
Notre Dame 2 0/0 0 0
Oregon St. 2 0/0 0 0
2009 (Fr.)… 13 1.5/2 0 0

Teacher

June 16th, 2010
8:50 am

Jarvis did not pass the doctor’s examination at USC because Lame Kitten told the doctors not to clear him. That is how that works! USC did not want to take a chance on his injury. Heck, with his scholarship they could use it to go out and get a HEALTHY All American linebacker who would have 4 Years of eligibility!!!! If you haven’t figured it out yet, with Lame Kitten, it is all about him, his ego, and winning and he will do anything to win and get the big money and attention. At some schools, all it is, is a meat market. It is not about the kids. Jarvis, you are in the right place now. If I had a son who could play big time Div. 1 football, I would love for him to go to Georgia and play for Coach Richt. I did not go to Georgia. He seriously does care more about you as a person than as a football player. There are not many big time head coaches that are that way, unfortunately. Mack Brown at Texas is another great man with character and class. There is a saying, “that what goes around comes around.” Well, lame kitten is getting his payback now for all of his past transgressions regarding how he conducts business.

gt in sc

June 16th, 2010
8:59 am

welcome to ugag. enjoy shreveport,

Dixie Clear

June 16th, 2010
9:00 am

program must be in trouble if you’re excited about a LB transfer with a BAD NECK! st. richt better say his prayers that this kid does not get hurt or lawsuits are flyn’ in cow town. think there might have been a reason USC did not release him to play football????……morons

PHIL

June 16th, 2010
9:15 am

GT in SC……..this is the year you WISH you were going to be able to make it to Shreveport. Get used to seeing that nice blue turf every year.

Really Rival Fans Really

June 16th, 2010
9:16 am

THe more you post nonsense, the better we look! Go Dawgs!!

tenn.DAWG

June 16th, 2010
9:16 am

Sure hope this helps to open up that Carver pipeline.Let them know JJ,it’s not always greener on the other side.

Adonisdaking

June 16th, 2010
9:40 am

The Comment By Dixie Clear Is Typical For A LAME!…Also The Commitment From JJ Means Its Goes Along Way Towards Securing Carver-Columbus Talent Which Is Amongst The Best In The State! Isiah Crowell…Gabriel Wright….Are Hopefully UGA BOUND….This Definitely HELPS THE DAWGS IN RECRUITING THEM…BOTH ARE In The RIVALS 100 and Amongst The Top 10 At There Respected Position..

DaltonDAWG706

June 16th, 2010
9:42 am

yeah i think its kinda funny, how katy perry sure thinks the grass is greener in hollywood where it never rains, ever..

Vick=Dog killing thug

June 16th, 2010
9:44 am

Let’s hope Samuel will redshirt also. Imagine these two beasts heading up the linebacker spots for the dawgs the next couple years? Wow !!

PMC

June 16th, 2010
9:45 am

Get him some treatment at the Shepard Center. If it can be fixed they can fix it.

Pi$$onaDawg

June 16th, 2010
9:46 am

He is read to play right now, but he wants a year to get his studies going with good grades. He is already attempting to color inside the lines for all 3 classes he will be taking in the fall. He said “Handy Manny” has the most colors and dificult pictures for his Housing class.

HBTD

June 16th, 2010
9:50 am

Welcome aboard Jarvis!

Before we get on with the UGA hate .......

June 16th, 2010
9:50 am

Before we listen to all the jelaousy of UGA and the hate …………. let us frist discuss Tech’s DE and his whuppin up on some lil gal. That is horrible. He apparently flashed back to HIS whupping last November, and just took it out on her.

tech men ……… the right stuff.

Go Dogs.

HBTD

June 16th, 2010
9:52 am

LOL! I see the git obsession with the dawgs continues. aahahahahahhahaha!!!!

Did anyone pick up on

June 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Did anyone pick up on the young man’s comments about how things have changed at UGA? I did.

This is simple …………CWM is GONE and the new team of D coaches are crisp, and clear in their articulation of UGA’s D schemes and how each young man will be best utilized.

Recruiting is in how well you impart your message to the kids. Apparently, the new regime is crystal clear in that.

Go Dogs.

DawginLex

June 16th, 2010
9:56 am

Chip,

I posted this on the other blog about this kid.

Why does the AJC allow handles like Pi$$onaDawg?

Now, we have all said things to our blog brethren that are childish but his handle is offensive.

Why does the AJC allow it?

No skin off of my back because I ignore his posts. Just wondering.

Dostoyevskiy

June 16th, 2010
9:57 am

USC would not clear Jarvis medically, but UGa will? What’s up doc?

Pi$$onaDawg

June 16th, 2010
10:14 am

But I don’t hide behind 27 different Blog names and post as say DawginLex. A dawg is offended by reading a name? Now, that is funny. #1 because you can read. #2 if you have been to a game in Athens I know you have heard a lot worse said around children by drunk dawg fans.