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COLUMBUS, Ga. There was a celebration Monday afternoon at Carver High School when Rivals100 linebacker Jarvis Jones was announced a 2009 U.S. Army All-American. The football team was there, the students were in attendance, and the band was playing as Jones put on that black East jersey inside the Carver gymnasium.
Jones is the first player selected to be a part of this game from his school and he is excited about it.
"It feels great to be an Army All-American and I just made history today," said Jones with a smile. "I hope we have guys in the future from George Washington Carver to play in this game and it is an honor for me to play in it."
The 6-foot-3, 229-pound linebacker is more than a football player and he feels that is part of the reason why he was selected to play in this prestigious game.
"I am just a great leader and I go real hard. I am a good player, I make plays, and I think I am the guy for the job, so I feel honored to be picked to play against some of the best players in the country."
In 2007, Jones finished with 147 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss and four sacks. Those numbers showed he was elite and he was in the process of learning on the job. Now, he is ready to showcase his skills on national television.
"Playing linebacker as a junior was my first year playing defense and I wanted to be the best. I am ready to go out there and hold it down, so I can show everyone that I am the best linebacker in the nation."
When the Rivals100 'backer got into high school, he thought he would be a top basketball recruit in 2009. Carver Head Coach Dell McGee thinks he has pursued the right sport.
"Jarvis came in loving basketball, but he has really started to shy away from basketball now and taken a love to football," said McGee. "Seeing him go through this today is big for the younger guys and I hope they use it as motivation."
"I am proud of Jarvis, I am happy for him, and he is just a great young man. He is a leader and his ability on the football field is off the roof. He can go a long way."
Jones took the Tigers to a perfect 15-0 record and the AAA State Championship as a junior. He is focused on taking the Tigers back there this season, but after that, he will look towards the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
He knows what he wants to do when he plays in the Alamodome come January 3, 2009.
"I want to be the best linebacker to play in the game this year," Jones stated. "I want to make plays, I want to have fun, and I want to be remembered from this game. I want people to look back 10 years from now and see a record set by Jarvis Jones."