ATHENS – Once Jarvis Jones started emerging as a star for the Georgia defense, it became inevitable that talk would arise that he might be a candidate to leave early for the NFL.
No chance, the outside linebacker said on Monday.
“Not at all. I’m gonna be here as long as I can,” Jones said when asked if leaving early for the NFL would be something he would consider. “Right now I don’t think I can play in the NFL anyways.”
Jones is a redshirt sophomore, having sat out last season after transferring from Southern California. Players who are at least three years out of high school are eligible for the NFL draft.
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The Columbus Carver High School graduate is just eight games into his Bulldog career, but has made a quick impact.
Jones had four sacks against Florida on Saturday, and now leads the SEC with eight sacks. He was named SEC co-defensive player of the week on Monday, a day after he was named Walter Camp national defensive player of the week.
“I’m not fast. I’m not strong,” Jones said. “People think I am but I’m really not. I’m gonna give you the same look every time. I’m gonna go 100 percent.”
Jones also said he's been playing the Will (weakside) linebacker position for the past three games. He played the first five games at the Sam (strongside) position. That was before Cornelius Washington's suspension, and Jones ended up shifting over, and the coaches liked him enough there they kept him there when Washington returned for the Florida game.