Clemson, Georgia Lead Early for Top LB

Florida, Miami, Florida State, Kentucky, Alabama, Auburn and Illinois are schools that are in touch a lot, this top linebacker in Georgia says, but it seems Clemson and Georgia have his early attention.

LB Jarvis Jones Profile

He's visited both Death Valley and Athens on his only two trips to games. Those experiences, he said, were eye opening.

"I liked the atmosphere in Clemson for the Florida State game," he said. "They were going nuts. They were really into the game. The coaches were cool. I get a lot with Coach Napier. The blackout was crazy – they entire thing was off the chain. That thing was so wild."

Narrowing down the field, however, could take some time. Jones is "totally open" and won't be committing soon. He's trying to go to the place which fits him best, and where he fits in best.

"My reason for picking a school would be a place where I can fit in for the next three or four years," he said. "I don't have to go to school with guys I grew up with. I want to like my environment. I want to get a good education."

On the field Jones said he learned a lot this fall in one of the wildest games of the AAA playoffs. With his team down 18 points to upstart Chamblee, Jones said he rallied his guys – not allowing them to quit.

"That game was a pretty good learning experience because we didn't give up. I kept my boys together and pulled it off," he said.

He wowed the Georgia Dome crowd with two punishing hits – something he likes to do.

"I love to get big hits – I have to get a big hit every game," Jones said with a laugh.

The competitive nature of football in Columbus< Ga. pushes Jones and his Carver squad to get better every day. If you don't, he said, you will be passed.

"With eight schools in Columbus everyone is trying to beat everyone else," Jones said of the competitive battles. "To have that many schools in such a small place – it makes football pretty hot down here."

The recruiting has heated up for Jones, too.

The Tigers and Dawgs took in two of the top classes in the country. There are some contrasts between the two programs, but Jones said he likes both the coaches recruiting him for each school.

"Coach [Billy] Napier is real cool," Jones said. "He pretty much is recruiting me hard right now. We've had good communication leading their defense. Coach Searles is pretty cool. I'm country, and he is, too. I grew up in the country, and I am used to folks being country."

Jones said the one drawback to signing day, as far as he was concerned, was looking at the bulk of talent the Dawgs and Tigers signed at linebacker. He admits it is a concern.

"I saw the classes at Clemson and Georgia and thought that they signed a lot of linebackers," he said. "I wonder sometimes about the number of linebackers they have signed, but the coaches at Georgia and Clemson both say they want me to come there." Top Stories