Will son of former UGA football standout play for Bulldogs?

Will Jones hasn’t given up completely on the idea of following in his father’s footsteps and playing football at UGA.

OL Will Jones is the son of a former UGA safety from the late 1980s (AJC)

OL Will Jones is the son of a former UGA safety from the late 1980s (AJC)

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.

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145 comments Add your comment

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:10 am

why not give him a chance.

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:10 am

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:13 am

Richt should offer a scholarship before S. Carolina.

hammerhead

October 16th, 2012
11:14 am

They are giving him a chance as a preferred walk-on. However, with the number of available scholarships and the glaring need at OL, it’d be nice to see a legacy kid get a shot… BTW, his dad was no where near 6′ 7″ 310lbs!

Dawgdad (The Original)

October 16th, 2012
11:18 am

6-7″ 310 pounds and we don’t have room? Gotta save that position for another 4th or 5th string QB or our 10th wide receiver. Richt has under valued OL and DL importance since he has been there, always deferring to signing one more skill position player.

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:21 am

They should offer him a scholarship.Tunsil will end up with signing with Alabama.UGA will end up loosing Jones to Carolina along with Griffin.We will looe Tunsil and Adams.We need to sign people who want to be Dawgs.

Rick James

October 16th, 2012
11:23 am

No way should we let him leave the state..South Carolina would be a travasty.

chiefdawg

October 16th, 2012
11:28 am

maybe this is why o-line has been the most glaring problem during the Richt tenure at UGA

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:28 am

your right Rick James there is no way the kid should end up at S. Carolina

CC

October 16th, 2012
11:28 am

VoxDawg

October 16th, 2012
11:29 am

Give the boy and scholarship! We need kids who WANT to be Dawgs!

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:33 am

Richt just wants kids with a lot of stars beside there names.He don’t care how bad they want to be Dawgs

Alabama Dawg.

October 16th, 2012
11:34 am

We ned O-linmen so sign him he wants to be a Dawg

59bulldawg

October 16th, 2012
11:38 am

How is it that SC takes the recruits that are not on our A list and still beats us three years straight . . . this year kicking our asses around like we were bad class A high school team? We need linemen . . . and he’s a lineman that seems to want to be a Bulldawg. I don’t know how good he is but if he’s any good at all we need to find a way to get him.

59bulldawg

October 16th, 2012
11:49 am

You know I’m all for having good punters and kickers. But hell, we go out of our way to find them while letting our numbers on the O-line suffer every year. We have a lot of receivers and quarterbacks and I’m happy to have them but signing a bunch of skill players without maintaining healthy numbers on the line is like trying to build a house without a good foundation. A good line will make an average back look great. A good line will enhance both the running and passing games. A good line will force its will on opposing defenses. I have never understood why Richt has so much trouble recruiting this position..

Junior Samples

October 16th, 2012
11:49 am

…might be time to wake up Rodney and see if he is aware of this kid. We seem to come in second place on a lot of recruits here lately. He’s got to be better than some of these walk-ons that we have to fall back on.

Uncle Tom

October 16th, 2012
11:51 am

Everybody’s exactly right! Richt is obsessed with having 2 busloads of small defensive back/wide receiver types on the bench, but the offensive line is threadbare. I thought Tuberville taught him years ago that the battle is won in the TRENCHES! Is he that slow of a learner?

Bishopngravy

October 16th, 2012
11:54 am

Not bashing the kid, but I’ve seen him play 4 or 5 times, theres a reason Colorado State is his only offer.

1eyedJack

October 16th, 2012
11:56 am

Some of you guys should stick to knitting.

GO DAWGS!!

October 16th, 2012
11:59 am

we cant offer this kid who WANTS to be a Dawg and has great size but we offer Aulden Bynum at 6-4, 250……..smdh

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:03 pm

@ Alabama Dawg:

“Why not give him a chance?”

If you give any player a “chance” just because he is a good student, a nice physical speciman, relatives has UGA ties and he really wants to play for UGA but has no “Bigtime” offers or is not ranked among players that you fully expect to produce that would be taking a huge chance on a place on the team that could be filled by a MUCH BETTER player!!!!!

Granted, he seems to meet all the requirements with the exception of TALENT and again recruiting is mostly a guessing game but you don’t pay the TOP price of a new car to your local car dealer for what has generally much lower expectations than you would for a MUCH better car elsewhere for the same price. These situations sometimes end up with walk-ons earning a scholarship but most frequently they do not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BILLY JACK

October 16th, 2012
12:05 pm

RODNEY GARNER IS THE WORST RECRUITING COORDINATOR DEF LINE COACH IN THE NATION-WE WERE THE 7TH TEAM TO OFFER THE ADAMS BOY FROM DOOLEY CO AND HE IS THE 2ND RANKED DT IN THE NATION-YOU BETTER PULL THE TRIGGER ON GARNER AND THE OL COACH OR EVERYBODY WILL BE GOING OUT THE DOOR TOGETHER.GARNER HAS BEEN ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL FOR YEARS NOW.

USCgococks

October 16th, 2012
12:06 pm

i have seen this kid play a couple of times as well and can tell you that he is just as good as Fernando Velasco was coming out of high school,, and that worked out well for you guys. If you dont want him, we will be glad to take him. great kid, great grades, hard working player, great in community. Have heard from many in Augusta area, that although Colorado State is only offer, many are coming in weekly to watch and speak with him and that offers will come once the season is over.

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:12 pm

@ 1 eyed jack(11:56 am post):

Well said Bro and for those to whom your message is directed, knitting is not a really bad activity when football on any level is definitely your weak subject: Why not give a 65 year old a chance if he loves UGA???

Flat Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
12:12 pm

Brainiac

There you are what happened in Columbia???

Flat Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
12:16 pm

Richt is too interested in finding the Crowells and Ealy’s and he doesnt believe in getting players that dream of coming to UGA

He wants his Dream Team loaded with thugs that want to take Introduction To Brownie Baking so they can keep us in the running every year for the Fulmer Cup

FSU

October 16th, 2012
12:16 pm

UGA under Richt, looks more like a team similar to FSU of the 90s. Skill everywhere.

UGA values flankers, QBs, r. Backs, corners, LBs, safeties, kickers, punters but not MASSIVE, strong, stout Offensive linemen in bunches of 4, 5, or 6 per recruiting class. By august summer camps, UGA always admits to losing two or three guys to knees, bad shoulders or normal attrition and by first game, we are down to maybe 8 guys.THIS FACT is why UGA will never wing big in the SEC.

Ringleader

October 16th, 2012
12:21 pm

Will Jones was a preferred walk on who earned a scholarship.

USCgococks

October 16th, 2012
12:24 pm

We will be glad to take Kelsey Griffin, Will Jones, and any others you guys dont want

Bright Idea

October 16th, 2012
12:27 pm

No mention here on whether the kid can actually play. He’s big, his dad played for UGA and works at Augusta National. Is that enough? ARC football is terrible.

intheknow

October 16th, 2012
12:28 pm

This kid plays with a lot of heart and will eventually be an outstanding 0-lineman….he’s still growing…. He comes from a great athletic family….and the Dawgs need O-linemen badly…and he’s smart…..if he goes to Georgia one thing is for sure he’ll never get in trouble for drugs or for beating up his girlfriend and he’ll be able to put together a gramatically correct sentence unlike the majority of the players who play for S.Carolina.(has anybody heard them talk?…straight from the hood)…..Georgia needs to offer this kid….a good coaching staff could coach him up to be a good productive player quickly!

SugeKnightDawg

October 16th, 2012
12:28 pm

Hold on there people. Here’s a list of our current offensive linemen from georgiadogs.com:

61 David Andrews C SO 6-2 295 Johns Creek, Ga./Wesleyan
55 Ben Reynolds C JR 6-2 255 Bainbridge, Ga./Bainbridge
79 Mark Beard OG SO 6-5 302 Adamsville, Ala.//Coffeyville CC
68 Chris Burnette OG JR 6-2 322 LaGrange, Ga./Troup County
73 Caleb Drake OG RS FR 6-1 275 Hogansville, Ga./Callaway
64 Dallas Lee OG JR 6-4 300 Buford, Ga./Buford
66 Hunter Long OG SO 6-4 310 Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian
73 Greg Pyke OG FR 6-6 327 Baltimore, Md./The Boys’ Latin School
78 Watts Dantzler OL SO 6-7 320 Dalton, Ga./Dalton
77 Preston Mobley OL FR 6-3 300 Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County
76 Zach DeBell OT RS FR 6-6 293 Tarpon Springs, Fla./Tarpon Springs
72 Kenarious Gates OT JR 6-5 318 Grantville, Ga./Greenville
75 Kolton Houston OT RS SO 6-5 280 Buford, Ga./Buford
74 Austin Long OT JR 6-5 324 Memphis, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian
70 Eddie McQuillen OT RS FR 6-8 300 Newnan, Ga./Trinity Christian
71 John Theus OT FR 6-6 309 Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School
63 Xzavier Ward OT RS FR 6-7 293 Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County

Anyone see what’s missing here? Seniors! UGA is loaded with young linemen.

7 out of 17 are either Freshmen or True Freshmen.
5 out of 17 are Juniors and I’m not sure any are going to leave early (would be a bad decision to try to come out early from what I’ve seen).

UGA already has 2 commits for the 2013 class and I’m not sure how many out there are considering UGA but numbers is not a problem right now, experience is the problem.

Yes, there was an OL depth problem at UGA under Richt but the last 2 or 3 recruiting classes have addressed the numbers issue. I think every signing day should feature some OL no matter what, the question is how many. If UGA burns a scholarship on Jones plus signs the 2 already committed, will you then complain that UGA didn’t sign a player in another area of need? We’re not Alabama; we cannot sign everyone every year.

Or are UGA fans now open to gray shirting and dumping the low hanging fruit every winter?

In looking at the current roster, I am wondering why does UGA have 7 fullbacks…

Spider Dawg

October 16th, 2012
12:32 pm

@SugeKnightDawg, thanks for posting a list of the offensive linemen on the team but you’re missing the point. That are most certainly the weakness of the team. They got destroyed by South Carolina’s defensive line, and have looked shaky all year. We didn’t do a good job recruiting, and the ones who we took haven’t shown much or any improvement with coaching.

johnny too good

October 16th, 2012
12:34 pm

Why is everybody rushing to sign him and criticize Richt and staff for not offering? Has anyone seen film or done research on the kid? Yeah he’s big, but he might not be that good.Too many “assumption artists” and not enough informed opinions

tide roll

October 16th, 2012
12:34 pm

You idiots want UGA to offer this kid, but you could care less about another UGA legacy. ANTHONY JENNINGS, whose father Willie played for the DAWGS. The kid grew up a DAWG fan, is the top DUAL THREAT QB in AMERICA and, get this,the kid is headed to two time NATIONAL TITLE winner LSU. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so pitifil. Do it Richt, do it Booboo, and DO IT DAWGS!! 32 YEARS. No damn wonder.

USCgococks

October 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

found these clips of him online We will be glad to take him

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1640460/#highlights/16778380

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:38 pm

You NUTCASES make me wonder sometime how you have the intelligence to even get on this blog and what really bothers me is that supposed informed bloggers, like Rick James and others. chime in on this midless drivel about UGA not offering a guy PRIMARILY because he wants to be a Dawg.

I have a $1,000.00 that says not even 5% of ALL on this blog know ANYTHING about this kid. Apparently some, who say they have seen him play, pretty well indicate he isn’t D-1 or even college material on ANY level. He will not be signed by USCe because he is NOT what Big Time football is about.

Any writer could come up with a ficticious “prospect”, write a few lines about him and the Single Digit IQ posters on here would overwhelm the writer with compliments then proceed to rip apart all things Dawg Nation because CMR and Staff hasn’t signed him. I predict that very scenario will occur within a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It really makes most reasonably knowledgeable UGA football fans a little nauseous when reading such from many who profess to be UGA fans yet they participate in the MINDLESS DRIVEL as though there is nothing to be embarrassed about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:40 pm

@ Johnny Too Good:

Great post!!!!!!!!

Johnny Too Good = DGD

Flat Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
12:42 pm

People

Richt and Garner want their Dream Team loaded with thugs that want to take Introduction To Brownie Baking so they can keep us in the running every year for the Fulmer Cup

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:44 pm

@ Spider Dawg:

South Carolina “destroyed” the whole UGA team not just the OL and everybody IN THE NATION was raving about UGA’s Offense, including the OL so pick another area to harp on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Carvell

October 16th, 2012
12:45 pm

It’s really hard to judge offensive linemen in high school. Quite frankly, many of the best ones later on in college or the NFL really weren’t that good in high school. One of the main reasons for that is that when they were in high school, they hadn’t “grown” into their big body yet, and were still very raw and undeveloped. I saw Will Jones at the junior all-star game. Great kid, good size but has a long ways to go in football. I can understand why UGA, South Carolina and other D1 schools haven’t offered yet. But I’m guessing some D1 school in the South will fall in love with his upside potential in January and offer.

7576DAWG

October 16th, 2012
12:47 pm

How many UGA Camps has he attended over the last few years? If you go to a private school you have to showcase yourself in another setting to prove that you can handle SEC competition. My guess is he appears to be too soft and is not conditioned hard enough or strong enough.

ADMan

October 16th, 2012
12:48 pm

It really doesn’t matter..Richt and his coaching braintrust have consistantly proven that they can’t coach up talent let alone a kid that wants/needs to be coached up. Just look at their record the past 5-6 years. They can’t get it done period!….They need to start with hiring a new offensive coordinator….Bobo is so predictable that even my wife knows what play the Dawgs are going to run each time.The team plays with no heart….and that starts with the head coach…the players act just like him….always making excuses and blaming someone else for their in ability to get it done……Sad…really Sad.

Flat Tire On I-95 in Jacksonville

October 16th, 2012
12:48 pm

Brainiac

SC didnt destroy the UGA team; they destroyed our 3 Stooges coaching staff

;)

Brainiac (CMR/UGA Fan For Life))

October 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

@ SugeKnightdawg:

Good work on UGA OL list my friend but you are wasting your time on quite a number of FOOLS who apparently know NOTHING about college football BUT think they know EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

intheknow

October 16th, 2012
12:50 pm

No truer words have ever been spoken Michael!

Johnathan

October 16th, 2012
12:55 pm

Richmond Academy is a public school in 4A football. same region as Statesboro, Burke Co.etc.
Not a private school 7576DAWG

intheknow

October 16th, 2012
12:56 pm

Hey 7576DAWG….the kid goes to a public school …and how do you know if the kid can or can’t play or is too soft by just looking at his picture? Are you stupid?

USCGoCocks!

October 16th, 2012
12:59 pm

i have seen this kid play a few times. We will gladly take him. He is just as good right now as F. Velasco was coming out of high school, and that turned out pretty good for you guys. He seems to be great kid, great grades, great in community. He has played well is all-star games, etc. Looks to have great feet and size, doesnt seem to be very strong yet, but a year in weightroom redshirted would fix that. We will take him if you guys dont.
found some clips of him online and looks like a good one to me

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1640460/#highlights/16778380

SugeKnightDawg

October 16th, 2012
1:00 pm

I think it’s funny that the bashers think this Jones kid will solely carry the UGA OL in 2013.