Jones leaving USC for Georgia

Georgia lost out in a fierce recruiting battle for Jarvis Jones in the class of 2009.

Jones, a highly rated linebacker from Columbus, Ga., chose Southern California over Georgia, Florida, LSU and Texas. But in his latest round of recruitment, the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Jones has decided to come back home and plans to play for the Bulldogs after getting his release from USC.

A neck injury cut short his freshman season at USC, but he's been medically cleared by the Georgia doctors. Jones will have to sit out the 2010 season, per the NCAA's transfer rules, but will still have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2011 season.

The Bulldogs will lose a couple of senior linebackers following the 2010 season (Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent) and were already thin at the position, especially on the outside in first-year coordinator Todd Grantham's new 3-4 scheme. So adding Jones to the mix in 2011 will be a nice addition.