Jonathan Jones, AJC Super 11 DB, picks Auburn over Miss. State and Georgia Tech (UPDATED)

Now that Auburn lost Geno Smith toCarrollton DB Jonathan Jones is a nationally-ranked hurdler and considered "Georgia's fastest football recruit" (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Carrollton DB Jonathan Jones is a nationally-ranked hurdler and considered "Georgia's fastest football recruit." He was picked for the AJC's Super 11 (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Jonathan Jones, who is considered Georgia’s “fastest football recruit”, committed to Auburn on Saturday after visiting the SEC school.

The 5-foot-10, 172-pound defensive back from Carrollton High School picked Auburn over his other two finalists of Mississippi State and Georgia Tech, among a dozen scholarship offers. Jones is an AJC Super 11 selection. He has a 3.7 GPA and also a candidate for the Junior Olympics in the hurdles.

“I liked everything about Auburn, from the winning tradition to the coaching staff, along with the proximity from home,” Jones told the AJC. “Coach [Gene Chizik] made it feel like one big family at Auburn, and that’s one thing I really liked.”

Jones is a three-year starter at Carrollton, which played for the state championship last season. He is also a superstar in track. Last May, Jones finished first in the 110-meter hurdles (14.02 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (37.39) and won the Class AAA all-points trophy, while leading Carrollton to its second team championship in a row. This summer, Jones toured the country for track, including meets in California and North Carolina. He registered a personal record of 13.72 in the 110 at the New Balance Outdoor Invitational.

“In my 26 years, I don’t think I’ve ever had a corner as good as Jonathan — that has that tenacity with hitting and tackling and that kind of speed,” Carrollton coach Rayvan Teague told the AJC. “I’ve had guys who had more picks but not a kid that is the total package like Jonathan. The sky is the limit for him. He’s a great kid and a great competitor. There’s no doubt he’s a Div. I corner because of his speed and hips. But he hits like a Div. I safety, which makes him kind of special.”

Two other AJC Super 11 selections are defensive backs — Creekside’s Josh Holsey (committed to Auburn), and St. Pius’ Geno Smith (committed to Alabama).

RELATED: Ray Buchanan Jr., the son of the NFL Pro Bowler, committed to Arkansas over Ole Miss, among others. His father, “Big Play Ray,” played in the NFL for 12 seasons, including from 1997-2003 for the Atlanta Falcons. Buchanan famously exchanged trash talk with Shannon Sharpe before Super Bowl XXXIII against the Denver Broncos. (click on story link)

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112 comments Add your comment

BigTimeTECHfan

August 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

Wow, Auburn misses on Geno Smith to Bama, and then get a better CB in J Jones, sure wish he would have picked Tech.

Best of luck to JJ, play hard, study hard

tide roll

August 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

JuWuan James, Chance Warmack, A.J. Hawkins, Brandon Greene. Joe Harris, and Vadal Alexander leave the State, while Gerogia brings in the (2) Long boys from something called Memphis (Tn) Briarcrest Christian Academy , the (2) Theus boys from Jacksonville Bolles Academy, and Pyke from the lowest football classification in the State of Maryland. Can’t ya’ll see what’s going on here ? Are you blind? If I were coaches, parents and administrators who support high school football in the State of Georgia, I wouldn’t be happy. You made Richt what he is today, and you’re not getting support in return. There is no way on God’s green earth that these UGA signees are better than those prospects listed above! They’re deserving kids who are being forced to leave that State for one reason and one reason only. It’s pitiful, and something needs to be done about it

TryingToMakeSense

August 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

definitely interested to see how Auburn fairs out in the coming years now that they can apparently field more than a two man roster…cause they’re definitely hitting the recruiting trails.

RRTDawgs

August 20th, 2011
4:51 pm

This is so sad that none of Georgia kids want to play for there home schools i am getting real angry with the 2012 class UGA and GT are getting hurt with none of these recruits staying instate .

MikeP

August 20th, 2011
4:55 pm

Welcome to Auburn, Jonathan Jones. It’s great to have you in our Auburn family. The more time that passes, the happier you’ll be that you chose Auburn as the place to get your higher education and play your college football.

WAR EAGLE!

[...] is considered one of the fastest football prospects in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last May, he wont he state 110-meter hurdles (14.02 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (37.39 [...]

P_The_Ricker

August 20th, 2011
5:06 pm

RRTTDawgs,

relax good man. can’t speak for what tech has recruited lately, but uga picked up 5 dbs last signing class. a combination of coaches not as interested in dbs this year, as well as recruits is why holsey, smith and jones are going elsewhere.

all is fine in athens.

IHATEUGA1990

August 20th, 2011
5:09 pm

what a surprise GT doesnt land another good recruit!! CPJ you suck

GoBigDog

August 20th, 2011
5:12 pm

Congratulations, Jonathan! I hope that you enjoy your time at Auburn and wish you the best in football, except for one weekend each year… Also, with your GPA, it’s surprising that you didn’t choose GT.

RRTDawgs

August 20th, 2011
5:14 pm

I know DB are not huge need for us i just hate that lot of 2012 class in Georgia is leaving the state our biggest need is O- line and RB i think UGA will at least get few from GA. Jordan Watkins and K. Whitehead .

Ramblin Man

August 20th, 2011
5:28 pm

Thought GT had a shot with Jones. Good luck Auburn young man. Still early and he could change his mind before February.

BananaJacket

August 20th, 2011
5:31 pm

Congrats Jonathan! Sorry you didn’t choose Tech, but at least you stayed in the South. Before the haters get started, just remember you get to go to college free (pretty much) and have tons of fun playing a GAME.

Tossed Salad

August 20th, 2011
5:59 pm

Actually, troll, of all the OL you just named, J Theus and A Long are the highest rated coming out of h.s.. Both are in Athens.

War Eagle

August 20th, 2011
6:03 pm

Great News. This kid has all the makings of a big time player. You get in your mind two words “We’re Coming”.

Uga fan

August 20th, 2011
6:03 pm

This guy is a flat out STUD. I’m really surprised that uga did not offer-smart kid too

Honolulu Dawg

August 20th, 2011
6:04 pm

Tide Roll you know nothing about football. Obviously the coaching and recruiting advisors know more than you. Stick to watching the games on your television and enjoying 2 tickets, 4 hotdogs and a coke package deal at GT

Go Dawgs!

LOLtech

August 20th, 2011
6:05 pm

Chalk up another one for the Yellawood guy and Trooper Taylor. Hope it goes well for you because Auburn is going down worse than Miami. As for Tech, do you really think people want to be part of that dork offense and turkey neck coach? Not to mention the smell of rotten piss as you walk through campus with the local homeless moochers.

Ringleader

August 20th, 2011
6:26 pm

Tide Roll……….I think you need to be monitoring the Miami coaches you have and see where the money is.

david

August 20th, 2011
6:29 pm

AU will be fine….everyone that visits Auburn loves it…..GT cant compete with Auburn…and they know it…

bhamwreck

August 20th, 2011
6:31 pm

Imagine if Auburn and Alabama had to rely on in-state talent – No Trent R., Ingram, Mcelroy, Cam Newtons, etc. Thats why they make it so attractive to come. These guys basically get the red carpet treatment from the “hostesses” and by red carpet treatment I mean red light district treatment. Of course they want some more of that!

RRTDawgs

August 20th, 2011
6:42 pm

That is why Miami got all those great recruits if you smell what the Rock is cooken .

Energy Vampire in Need of a Life

August 20th, 2011
6:58 pm

How much do DB’s go for in Yellaland? Don’t spend it all in one place…

Poopdawg

August 20th, 2011
7:10 pm

Tide roll , well what’s the 1 reason? Maybe it’s because yourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr SATAN?

RambleOn84

August 20th, 2011
7:12 pm

Don’t be a jerk, “vampire.”

The guy wants to play for the National Champions. Can you blame him?

Would have been nice for him to come to Tech, but he chose to go elsewhere.

Don’t make disparaging comments about these kids…have some class.

Blackoutanyone?

August 20th, 2011
7:14 pm

Gene Chizik: “Ms. NCAA Official..uhh MikeP is telling everyone on the AJC recruiting blog that the investigation into the Auburn program is over and actually there never really was an investigation. Is this true… are you really finished with the investigation?” NCAA Official Julie Roe: “You’ll know when we’re finished, And we’re NOT finished.”

Paul

August 20th, 2011
7:15 pm

Why you would you want to play for a cheating school like Auburn! Chizik is a fraud!

dawgster

August 20th, 2011
7:16 pm

@RRTDawgs…Everything is fine with the dawgs….Yes, there are a lot of kids going out of state, but remember we can only sign 20-25 at the most this year and the state of georgia is loaded where these other states are not so much…..We have concentrated our efforts on so other DB’s, but remember its not a priority this year as it is with other teams….We will get a very good one in the end, but will be from out of state….I believe the coaching staff is doing just fine to this point…Now before anyone jumps in here and says “another typical dawg fan saying that if he didn’t sign with UGA, then we didn’t want him”….not the case at all, very good player and will do just fine at AU…In the end I think you will be very happy with who signgs with us…..Remember still along ways from NSD and alot of things will change with these recruits, and probably some that have verbally committed to the dawgs, but we will get a very good class…2013 should be even better….go dawgs

Once again tide roll

August 20th, 2011
7:23 pm

I must give you credit for tenacity, you are a glutton for punishment. Let’s review some things for the umpteenth time.

John Theus is more highly rated than Alexander, Harris and Greene.

Juwaun James not being in Athens is not because UGA did not want him.

And for the players you listed above, all of them put together do not equal Bama’s loss of Cam Newton to Auburn.

cantondawg

August 20th, 2011
7:25 pm

Tide Roll,

Are you just brain dead or what..You post the same thing every day…Yes, UGA wanted Harris, Alexander, Juwuan Jones very badly and did what they could to get them..I’m not sure of the interest in the others. However, not every player has the same agenda of wanting to stay home and play for the home state school. Harris had family in SC. Alexander had family in LA. Kiffin and Orgeron did a helluva job recruiting Jones…Sometimes you miss no matter how hard you try…P.S..How did Alabama let Ben Jones (All-Sec Center) get away…ALSO, How did you guys let Chad Jackson(5 star first round pick) from Birmingham go to Florida.

dawgster

August 20th, 2011
7:31 pm

Hey everyone…why do you wast your time responding to “Tide Roll”…If you don’t know his agenda by now, then you haven’t followed his comments in the past….Also, for the record…he is not a Bama fan…pretends to be but hides behind that and his computer to anger dawg fans on here…Its your choice to respond or not, but there are many very good people on here that you can actually have a civil and respectful conversation with…talking college football and recruiting….Not sure why the AJC continues to let him spill his “racist” remarks continuously, but I guess its the free speech thing…Personally, I feel a little sad for him and wonder what his “story” his…go dawgs

RRTDawgs

August 20th, 2011
7:43 pm

Thanks dawgster i agree just frustrating how slow this recruiting process has been for UGA i guess sometimes you let off a little steam .

Bishop Cecil Newton

August 20th, 2011
7:54 pm

What were the terms of his deal?

C’mon AJC, do your job!

dawgster

August 20th, 2011
8:09 pm

@RRTDawgs…nothing wrong with letting off some steam…I completely understand and yes these kids committing to other schools does make you ask the question at times…but we have to trust the Coaching Staff that we have…..They do the evaluations of these kids and its true their evaluations will not be always in line with others, but they know their specific needs and try and get kids that not only want to be dawgs but that will fit into our system…unfortunately at times we will miss on some, but so will other teams…Obvisously right now, Bama and AU are the hot commodities in the SEC…It doesn’t take but one season or two to change that with alot of these recruits….I will close this…Its a long ways till NSD….Many things will happen this season that will affect these recruits with certain schools good and bad….Now lets go get some O-line help to block for Crowell, Marshall, and Henry…..go dawgs

Ramblin Man

August 20th, 2011
8:14 pm

For those that do not know Jones was getting love from GT bot not as much as Shumate out of NJ. This could burn GT in the end, but neither GT or UGA are hurting to sign DB’s and only offered a few as it is. All these commitments could change come Feb. and many recruits know they need to snatch a commitment now because there is no way the “U” will be keeping all thiers.

JP

August 20th, 2011
8:16 pm

Set back and wait…Auburn will have to give back their NC and Heisman in a few years just like USC. SEC = cheat at all costs to win football games, who cares about these kids as long as we win! How many 60 minutes stories haved we watched that covers some SEC superstar football player (or at least was supposed to be coming out of HS) who never went to class and never really produced on the field. Now he’s homeless or in jail becasue he doesn’t know how to do anything but play football and sell drugs. Keep going to the SEC kids, they do a great job preparing you for life!

Ramblin Man

August 20th, 2011
8:16 pm

dawgster,
I agree. GT also needs more help on the lines than anywhere else so as I will be happy to see pretty much any recruit commit, but will be happier when I see lineman commit.

lilburndawg

August 20th, 2011
8:19 pm

Alabama and Auburn are so interested in Georgia kids that they let the #1 QB in the country go to Fla State. dumb dumb dumb lol

RRTDawgs

August 20th, 2011
8:21 pm

Hopefully we can get the NJ corner Yuri Wright and i would be really happy with that .

Andrew

August 20th, 2011
8:23 pm

Troll = short for Tide Roll —- you cant make that sh*t up.

GT Fan 1

August 20th, 2011
8:28 pm

As usual, between GT and a big name school, they go anywhere but Tech. Wish Ball State or Ga Southern had offered, then we’d got him

GT/Fl football fan

August 20th, 2011
8:49 pm

GT Fan 1You mean like pat gamble that had offers from Stanford, Georgia, or marcus allen who had offers like tcu, Florida state, and Tennessee.

GT/Fl football fan

August 20th, 2011
8:52 pm

Because the last time I checked Georgia, Tennessee, Stanford, Florida State, and TCU are big named schools.

NOVAJacket

August 20th, 2011
9:11 pm

Easier to get on the field at Auburn as a DB this next year vs. Tech or UGA.

nash

August 20th, 2011
9:22 pm

Its good to see a C Town player get a free ride to school but like many people I knew it would come down to Auburn and Tech but I thought Tech would have won the battle. This kid has speed and is a hitter so I expect to see him on Saturdays playing in Bryan Denny (what ever it is called) good luck young man but not when you play the DAWGS

Lovin this

August 20th, 2011
9:25 pm

The comments started off nice. And then the “I wonder how much they paid him – Auburn’s going down “worse than Miami”, I swear” morons took over. It’s fun being on top and watching how unhinged the rival masses become.

Auburn in 2010 = 14-0. Heisman, Lombardi, BCS Title. They’re all staying in Auburn – nothing is being returned or revoked. It’s time to let it go and walk away.

Dawg Tired

August 20th, 2011
9:34 pm

I just gotta believe that MSU is tired of getting outbid by Auburn. I congratulate Auburn. They know how to do what it takes. Plus, they’re proud of it. You gotta love ‘em.

MikeP

August 20th, 2011
10:54 pm

Blackout, there can be no investigation until a school receives a Letter of Allegations. Auburn has received no such letter. Sweet Julie didn’t like Chizik calling her out and fired back. She should have put her brain in gear before she engaged her mouth. Now, instead of simply chastising Mississippi State they will have to clear Auburn in the same notice. Funny how that worked out for Auburn. +++

In the cases of USC, Ohio State and Tennessee, there was tangible evidence of extra benefits. There is no evidence that Auburn did anything wrong. If the case had ever been open, it would now be closed.

Here’s betting that UAT gets a Letter of Allegations before Auburn does. I’ll bet you Julio Jones’ 18 suits from the Tuskaloser clothing store!

In Tuskaloser there IS tangible evidence. UAT is already on probation so it won’t go well with them. In fact, it’s gonna be real ugly. When dyed in the wool bamzo Finescum refuses to let it be discussed on his show, you can bet things are bleak over there in West Vance.

Bull

August 20th, 2011
11:20 pm

MikeP are you serious. The NCAA has six open investigations going on right now at Auburn, it’s public information the NCAA already stated that they have launched an investagation

pbeaty

August 20th, 2011
11:34 pm

I was able to see Jonathan Jones run 110m at GaTech Invitational, Taco Bell Classic and at the Ga State Prelims and finals. He has great speed. I wanted him to play football and run track at S Carolina and follow Terrance Trammel into the Olympics.

pbeaty

August 20th, 2011
11:48 pm