Jarvis Jones – Linebacker – 6-3, 225 – Carver HS (GA)
Scout Ranking: #3 Strong-Side Linebacker
Pete Carroll was able to lure Jarvis Jones from Georgia to come play on the West Coast. Jones is a player that the coaching staff is very excited about and plans to throw him right into the linebacker competition this fall. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker looks like a future star with his size, speed and hitting ability. Despite missing a portion of his senior season with a broken thumb, Jones still had 77 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles.
Jones joins Frankie Telfort and Marquis Simmons to give the Trojans a very talented trio of linebackers in 2009 class.
According to Carroll: “He’s an amazing player. He’s got great size. He’s 6-3, 230-something pounds. He’s an all-around athlete. Explosive, dynamic, an excellent basketball player and might have a chance to play on the basketball team. He’s that dynamic. He attacks and rushes up the field. He’s a great blitzer and cover guy and we’re ecstatic that we’re able to get Jarvis. We think he’ll have a chance to play and contribute and compete for playing time immediately when he gets here.”
Reason for Choosing USC: “I think USC is a great school and Coach Norton and I developed a great relationship too. He played linebacker and was a great linebacker. I think he can help me in situations he’s been in coaching my through those situations.”
Chose USC Over: Texas, LSU, Florida, Georgia
Future Impact: Jarvis Jones has a real chance to come in and make an immediate impact as a freshman at USC. The hard-hitting linebacker has the size, ability and maturity to see the field at either middle or outside linebacker in 2009, and could become USC’s next great linebacker down the road.
Jarvis Jones has the potential to make an impact as a freshman.
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