Jones to NFL

ATHENS -- Georgia safety Sean Jones has made up his mind to forfeit his senior season and enter the NFL Draft this season, his mother said Wednesday night.

"He's definitely leaving," said Carol Jones from her home in Atlanta. Carol Jones said her son informed the coaching staff Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day Wednesday, Coach Mark Richt said he was expecting the news from Jones.

"Sean's probably leaning toward going," Richt said. "That's the impression I'm getting."

Richt was less certain about defensive end David Pollack, the other Bulldog known to be considering an early exit. Pollack's father Norm said Monday night that his son was leaning toward staying at Georgia and added Wednesday that nothing had changed in the last two days.

Neither Sean Jones nor David Pollack could be reached for comment.

Although Pollack was named an All-American as a sophomore and has more name recognition, the loss of Jones could be more costly to the Bulldogs.

Jones led Georgia with in tackles this year, and, along with Thomas Davis, formed one of the nation's best safety tandems. Jones' decision came on the night when the Bulldog basketball team was in Knoxville, Tenn., the site of Jones' biggest play of the season, when he returned a fumble recovery 92 yards for a touchdown in a 41-14 win over the Volunteers.

He probably will be selected in the first three rounds of the April draft, possibly as early as the first round.

Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to enter their names for the draft. Richt said he hoped to have both players' final word by the end of this weekend in order to prepare for recruiting.

"It's getting down to that time where they have to make decisions on what they are going to do," he said.

WORKING RETIREMENT: Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley will be named to an administrative position with the Arena Football League's Georgia Force at a press conference today in Duluth.

Dooley's son Daniel joined the team recently as the vice president of sales and marketing. Vince Dooley's term as athletic director ends June 30, 2004. He will be replaced the following day by his senior associate Damon Evans, who was hired just before Christmas as the school's athletic director designate.

BUSY WEEKEND: The Bulldogs will host one of the biggest recruiting weekends in recent memory beginning on Friday. Prior to the start of the Capital One Bowl, Georgia was expecting more than 20 prospects to make official visits this weekend. Richt, who isn't allowed by the NCAA to talk about specific recruits, said he was expecting a gigantic weekend.

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