June 5, 2010

Jones says he's looking for a new home

Former Carver-Columbus and Southern Cal defensive end Jarvis Jones said it's official - he's looking for a new college home.

"Everything happens for a reason," said Jones, who was enjoying a stellar freshman season before injuring his neck against Oregon in Week 8 of the 2009 campaign.

Southern Cal officials expressed concern, however, if Jones should ever play again and released him from his scholarship.

However, after receiving a second and third opinion on his injury, it was determined the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder could in fact continue his career without fear of further damage.

Jones said he has sent his paperwork and medical clearance to six schools - Georgia, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Clemson and Memphis.

Last year, Jones played in all eight games for the Trojans before his injury collecting 13 tackles, including one for a loss of 1.5 yards.

The former prep All-American said the lessons he learned playing under Carver coach Del McGee has served him well.

"Coach McGee has a great group of guys, all of them are close and they have dreams and they know in order to attain those dreams they need great character because sports can only last for so long and athletes with great character have people who are willing to stick their neck out to help them," Jones said. "That's why our guys are so humble and blessed because they are mindful of the people and the things they are surrounded by."

He's also got high hopes for former teammates Isaiah Crowell and Gabriel Wright, arguable two of the country's top prospects at their perspective positions this year.

"I tried to lead them in a positive way," Jones said. "It has carried over and they become leaders themselves."

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