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Ex-USC LB Jones to go home to UGA

A little less than two weeks after reports surfaced that he was transferring from USC, Jarvis Jones will find a new collegiate football home close to where he called home before heading out to the West Coast, the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting.

According to the paper, the Columbus, Ga., native was cleared by Georgia’s medical staff during a visit Tuesday and will transfer to the school.

USC’s medical staff had not cleared the linebacker following a neck injury suffered during the 2009 season, one that new head coach Lane Kiffin termed as potentially career-threatening earlier this offseason.  UGA’s doctors apparently disagreed with USC’s prognosis, and Jones will seek a waiver that would allow him to play in 2010 instead of being forced to sit out the season in order to satisfy the NCAA’s transfer rule.

“He didn’t willingly leave Southern Cal,” Jones’ high school coach Dell McGee told the paper. “It was considered medical in nature. They didn’t clear him to play. I’m under the assumption that he’s going to be able to play. Georgia is probably going to ask for an appeal to play.”

Jones was heavily recruited by Georgia before he ultimately became a part of the Trojans’ 2009 recruiting class.

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6 Responses to “Ex-USC LB Jones to go home to UGA”
  1. Trojanman says: Jun 16, 2010 3:22 PM

    So, two USC players have recently announced transfers – one who was not medically cleared to play, and one who was already suspended from the team. Meanwhile, all early commits remain committed, and new commits have even been added.
    Maybe the NCAA’s death penalty light isn’t going to work at killing USC?

  2. John Taylor says: Jun 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    @ Trojanman: I’ll get killed for saying this but what the hell. Lane Kiffin is doing a helluva job holding that roster and those commitments together. Very, very impressive.

  3. skinny pigeon says: Jun 16, 2010 10:52 PM

    He’s obviously paying them well.

  4. SEC in possession of UGA’s report on Jarvis Jones | CollegeFootballTalk says: Aug 4, 2011 7:39 PM

    […] described by Lane Kiffin as a career-threatening neck injury.  Two weeks later, however, he was cleared by UGA’s medical staff and transferred back to his home […]

  5. Report: SEC, NCAA clears UGA’s Jarvis Jones | CollegeFootballTalk says: Aug 9, 2011 11:02 AM

    […] described by Lane Kiffin as a career-threatening neck injury.  Two weeks later, however, he was cleared by UGA’s medical staff and transferred back to his home state.  He sat out the 2010 season in order to satisfy NCAA […]

  6. Armond Armstead considering a transfer from USC | CollegeFootballTalk says: Jan 4, 2012 9:44 AM

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