Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Georgia's Jarvis Jones could make impact
By Chris Low
Last week, I listed several junior college transfers signing in the 2011 class that could make big impacts next season in the SEC.
My ESPN colleague, Bruce Feldman, had already penciled in Georgia nose guard John Jenkins, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams as eight of the top impact junior college signees nationally.
A couple of guys I didn’t mention, either because they didn’t sign in this class or were transfers from another four-year school, were Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers and Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti.
- The 6-3, 234-pound Jones projects as a likely starter for the Bulldogs after sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules. He signed with Southern California in 2009 and played in eight games as a freshman before spraining his neck. The USC doctors wouldn’t clear Jones for spring practice prior to the 2010 season, so he got a release from the Trojans and began looking for a new home. Originally from Columbus, Ga., Jones decided to come back to Georgia. He’s been cleared medically and has three years of eligibility remaining. Jones was an ESPNU 150 selection coming out of high school and rated as the No. 6 outside linebacker prospect in the country. In practice this past season, he started out at outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, but worked more at inside linebacker as the season went on.
- Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, signed last year with the Commodores after starting his career at Butte Junior College. Rodgers is expected to battle rising senior Larry Smith for the starting quarterback job in the fall and probably would have last season, but underwent shoulder surgery and redshirted. He’s been cleared in the past week to resume throwing and will be limited this spring, but should be fully recovered by June or July. The Commodores also signed three freshman quarterbacks who will be on campus this summer.
- Brunetti is transferring to Ole Miss from West Virginia after playing his freshman season with the Mountaineers. Originally from Memphis, Brunetti has applied to the NCAA for a hardship waiver that would allow him to play right away and not sit out the 2011 season. If he gets that waiver, Brunetti will be a part of an Ole Miss quarterback battle that will also include junior Nathan Stanley and a pair of junior college transfers -- Randall Mackey and Zack Stoudt. Mackey signed in 2010 and redshirted. Stoudt signed as part of this class and is already on campus. He will participate in spring practice.