Jarvis Jones was one of the best linebackers in Georgia regardless of class for 2008. He looks to carry on the great year he had into his senior season. That standout junior campaign has resulted into many schools offering him this early in the process. "Recruiting is going pretty well right now. I have offers from Georgia, Florida, LSU, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Clemson. My coach told me that USC is thinking about offering me. I have 12 total offers right now, I think," said Jones.
While Jones is just getting started in his recruiting process, FSU is a school he has visited on a few occasions recently. Jones is teammates with 2008 Seminole signee Jarmon Fortson. The two are friends, and have made trips earlier this year to check out FSU's basketball games. He said, "I've been down there a few times with Jarmon. FSU is a nice school. I'd say with Jarmon going there and everything they are in the mix. I was supposed to go to their Junior Day, but I couldn't make it. I just came down with Jarmon because I wanted to check it out and have some fun at the same time."
While coaches are still limited in their ability to talk to recruits, Jones has had a few conversations with Seminole coaches. "I have spoken to Coach Fisher and Coach Dawsey," said Jones. "I think we get along; they are nice coaches. They told me they liked my film and how I play and said they'd really like to have me play for them."
As a child Jarvis grew up a fan of one of the biggest rivalries in college football. He told NoleDigest that he was a fan of Georgia and Florida, but it won't play a part in his decision, saying, "Georgia and Florida were my two favorites growing up. I liked watching them play and what they did on the field. Right now I'd say I am very wide open. I don't have a top 5 or anything right now. The plan is to see who all offers me then going from there."
Jarvis doesn't like to compare himself to other players, but he is a big linebacker who helped spearhead one of the best defenses in Georgia this past season. The 6'4" 212 pound linebacker feels he is a leader, and that is a role he relishes. "I don't compare myself to anyone. I think I am a big leader on and off the field. I am a hard working player who gives their all all the time. I think at this stage I need to work on dropping back into pass coverage and finding the ball," said Jones.
Often times it is not uncommon to see teammates go to the same college, especially if they are friends. Jarvis says that while he and Jarmon Fortson are close, it ultimately will not play a role in his decision. He said, "Me and Jarmon are like brothers. I'm gonna make my decision on where I feel most comfortable. He supports me and has given me some advice so far on what to expect."
As of this time Jones has no plans to go to combines, and he intends to go to camps over the summer. Don't look for a decision anytime soon, as Jones plans to take all 5 visits when the time comes. "I'm going to decide on Signing Day. I'll take my 5 visits to find what I'm looking for. I am looking for academics, comfort level, somewhere that's gonna make me better and the coaches," stated Jones.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jarvis and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.