As you might have read in this morning's paper - or on any of the dozens of sites that follow recruiting and ate it up this morning - former Carver player Jarvis Jones has been granted a release from his scholarship at Southern California.
Jones was on the path to a great freshman season, but suffered a neck injury that ended it short. He told me a few months back, the same day Lane Kiffin went to USC, that he felt great and was hoping to be fully cleared to play again this summer.
But Kiffin has since said the injury might have been career-ending for Jones, and so speculation started that Jones would transfer to continue playing.
And it's not like he didn't have other offers when he was one of the nation's top recruits just over a year ago. He chose USC over Florida, Georgia, LSU and Texas among a long list of others.
So where do you think Jones goes now? When this chatter started in January, it seemed the LSU message boards were hottest with it. Is that a sign? I don't think Jones ever said what his second choice would have been, so who knows? Who needs him most? Where does he think he can get the most playing time? I know he's told me when I've seen him in town he misses his friends and family, so will location play a part in his decision?
That being said, Carver coach Dell McGee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning that, yes, Jones did get his release from USC, but that the paperwork has to clear before anyone is willing to talk about where he might play again (read that here). If he goes to another Division I school, the rules state he will have to sit out a year. But McGee was vague, telling the AJC that may not be the case. So does that mean he might go D-II? If so, some coach is getting the greatest bargain of all time. Either way, even the LA Times couldn't get any more info that that.
Anyway, keep posted. I've left a message with Jones and he's usually good about calling me back. Maybe it's all that experience dealing with the media out California way.
- Chris White