Will Jones hasn’t given up completely on the idea of following in his father’s footsteps and playing football at UGA.
But it seems to be an unlikely scenario for the 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive lineman from Augusta’s Richmond Academy high school.
Jones has one D1 football scholarship offer, and it’s from Colorado State. He will likely take an official visit to Yale in January. South Carolina and UGA are keeping in touch, although the Gamecocks seem more likely to eventually offer.
“The last time I talked to (UGA assistant Kirk Olivadotti), he said I could come up there, be a preferred walk-on and try to earn a scholarship,” Jones told the AJC. “He said they just didn’t have anything at the time. That’s the deal with Georgia.”
Would Jones consider walking on at Georgia? “I’d love to play at Georgia. But if I do get the chance to play somewhere else where my parents don’t have to pay, and where I can earn a scholarship, that would be my choice.”
Offensive line is the glaring weakness on both UGA’s current roster and in its 2013 recruiting class. The Bulldogs have three commits at the position, and could sign at least two or three more, with the top remaining targets considered to be Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla., and Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C.
Many UGA fans remember his father, also Will Jones, who was a football star at Woodward Academy and later earned a scholarship with UGA. Jones played safety and is most remembered for a key interception to preserve the 1987 win over South Carolina.
The elder Jones is a longtime employee at Augusta National Golf Club as Director of Commerce Affairs, among other roles. The younger Jones, along with his twin brothers (both high school freshmen who play football and basketball) got to play the famed golf course for the first time last year.
“I’m not much of a golfer anymore, but it was fun playing Augusta National – not to many people get to say that,” said the younger Jones, who estimated he shot somewhere in the 90s.
Jones, who has a 3.2 GPA and plans to major in business or history, will likely generate more attention from colleges after the completion of his senior season.
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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