Widely perceived to be one of, in not the, best linebackers in the entire nation, Georgia superstar Jarvis Jones will be leaving the Dawgs a year early to enter the NFL Draft, according to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports.
Jones is the headliner in a long line of spectacularly talented Georgia players to make the leap into the Draft.
Unlike teammates such as fellow linebacker Alec Ogletree and defensive tackle John Jenkins, however, Jones had to overcome immense personal tragedy to get to this point. The young man witnessed his own brother’s murder, and has played with a heavy heart ever since — he says it has motivated him to ascend to the great heights he has thus far.
Not only did Jones’ 14.5 sacks lead the nation in 2012, but it set the school’s all-time single season record. He also finished atop the entire country in tackles for a loss, having recorded a whopping 24.5 of them.
The best part of it all is the fact that the two-time All-American put up the nation’s best numbers even after missing two games this year due to injury.
Jones played at his biggest when the stakes were at their highest. Against then-No.2 Florida in their annual grudge-match, Jones compiled 3.0 sacks, 4.5 TFLs and 13 tackles.
In Georgia’s Capital One Bowl beating of Nebraksa and its highly prolific offense, Jones tallied two more sacks and eight tackles.
He is projected to be taken in the top 10 of this year’s Draft, and should make an immediate impact for whichever team snaps this great young man up.
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