Jarvis Jones is one of the nation's most coveted defensive prospects. Jones, the Rivals.com No. 36 rated overall prospect in the country, helped lead his Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School team to a state championship. Along the way he racked up 157 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, three sacks, two interceptions and one turf toe. In fact, the injury is still bothering him.
"I am hoping to start practicing when we begin on Monday," Jones said. "But this turf toe is still bothering me. I mean it's still lingering after all these months. I would say I am about 90% right now. It happened in the (Georgia) Dome. I am hoping to go back to the doctor this week."
Jones is a very active linebacker that plays with aggression. He's physical, fast and makes plays all over the field. At times Jones can be a devastating hitter. He plays the run well, whether the play is coming his way or whether he has to pursue. Jones has a nice, long frame that he should fill out nicely as he continues to develop.
"I go full speed on every play. I find read the play and find the ball. I think I am also the type of linebacker that plays sideline to sideline. I am getting better in pass coverage with my drops but it's something I still need to work on and get more comfortable with."
Jones estimates he has close to 25 scholarship offers at this time. With that many from many of the nation's top programs Jones is taking things slowly and claims he's open at this time.
"I am. Some of the teams I like are Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Texas, USC, Florida State, Miami and Auburn. They are all great schools and they have all offered.
"Clemson is a small town but I like it. It's the ACC and they are going to be competing this season. They should have a good year.
"Georgia has a great staff and it's the SEC. They finished so strong last year. I know many of the people around here want me to go to Georgia.
"Florida is always a highly rated school. They will be ranked high once again and they should compete for the SEC.
"Texas has a great staff and they always seem to be so talented. It's just a super program.
"USC has the tradition and they have to be one of the top programs around. They have a super staff and they just win.
"FSU always has their share of talent. It's the ACC and they do well with linebackers. They also have a nice staff.
"Miami also has the tradition and they produce players.
"Auburn is close to home and that's just a super program all around.
"I am looking at where I can fit in the best and feel comfortable. I will be there for four years and that's important. I am also looking at the staffs and playing time."
Now Jones had two teammates that signed with Auburn and Florida State respectively this past February in quarterback DeRon Furr and wide receiver Jarmon Fortson. Will that help the Tigers and Seminoles?
"No. Like I said I am pretty open. Those guys are my friends and they are supportive and want me to do what's best for me."
So far Jones has been to Georgia, Clemson and Florida. He is going to take unofficial visits this summer to USC, Texas and Florida State.