Georgia out front for 2012 RB

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior running back Matt Jones is hearing from schools all around the country, racking up numerous early offers.
"Recruiting is getting bigger and bigger every day," Jones said. "A lot of people are sending me mail. It is just getting bigger and I am trying to take it as I can. I am trying not to take it too fast, trying to take my time. I think I have 16 verbal offers now. Oregon and Wisconsin just offered."
While he has a plethora of options, it is one SEC school at the top for his services early on.
"Georgia is my leader," Jones said. "It is everything about Georgia. I like it up there. The feel all-around, the whole environment inspires me. I really like Georgia."
Jones most recent visit to Georgia was for Dawg Night, but he is hoping to return again this season. He has been keeping a close eye on the program throughout the 2010 season and said the Bulldogs 1-4 start didn't make him think twice about them being his leader. He has been impressed by Mark Richt's clubs three consecutive victories and attributes it to the return of a major offensive weapon - a player who he believes he can have a similar impact as if he was to don the red and black.
"When they get that one clicking player on offense the whole team revolves around them," Jones said. "I think I can come in and make that impact, help Georgia get rolling. They have that in A.J. (Green) right now and I think I can be that next guy that helps them."
With so many months before he has to sign, Jones isn't ignoring other interested parties. In addition to the Bulldogs, a trio of in-state schools are receiving a lot of attention from him.
"I am also interested in Florida," Jones said. "They just got Mike Blakely to commit. I like them a lot. I have been talking with Coach (Stan) Drayton. I like them a lot.
"I Iike Miami and Florida State as well," Jones added. "Me and (Florida State commitment) James (Wilder Jr.) have been talking on the phone and stuff like that about the big backfield we would like to have. We have been together since little league. The 'Canes, they produce big backs, and it is right here, four hours away. I also really like their uniforms."
As for when he may make a final decision, Jones hasn't given that much thought.
"I think I am going to stretch it out," Jones said. "I am trying not to get all caught up in the college stuff. I want to finish my high school year."
In addition to previously visiting Georgia, Jones has previously been on campus at Florida, South Florida, Purdue, and Notre Dame. He will trip to South Florida on Wednesday for the Bulls game against Rutgers.
With two touchdowns on Friday night in the Hawks 49-7 victory over Tampa (Fla.) Gaither, Jones now has a total to 16 touchdowns.