Ben Jones Profile
“I decided to commit to Georgia,” he said. “I am glad I finally went ahead and made up my mind. I was going to pick Georgia anyway, so I decided to pick Georgia. I have not heard back from Bama.”
And Jones said he doesn’t care that he didn’t hear from the Tide. Although Jones lives less than an hour away from Tuscaloosa, he said Georgia is the place for him.
“My mom and I went over some things and she asked me where I felt most comfortable and every answer was Georgia,” Jones recalled. “She said: ‘That’s where you want to go then.' I wanted to commit when I went to Georgia, but I wanted to see Alabama, too. I knew for sure last night and this morning and that’s why I made up my mind.”
Jones said Stacy Searles, who the Alabama lineman will play underneath while a Dawg, was happy to hear the news.
“I called him and he said that they were glad to have me,” Jones said.
“My mother said she was very proud of me, and I think my father would be proud of me, too,” Jones added.
Jones’ father passed away “about nine years ago” according to the youngster. The late Mr. Jones graduated from Georgia and then took a forestry job in Alabama, which is how the family ended up so close to the Crimson Tide’s campus.
“I want to do well for my high school team,” said Jones, who said Bibb County High will now be his focus. But, he said, he will try to attend the Bulldogs’ game with the Tide this fall.
“I think I can get tickets to the Alabama-Georgia game in September. My uncle is a big Alabama fan. I will probably just wear normal clothes this time,” he said making a reference to his visit to Tuscaloosa for Georgia’s “Man Enough” win over the Tide in 2002. Jones and a group of his friends went to the game together with Jones the lone supporter of the Dawgs. He said he didn’t mind wearing his David Greene jersey at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Jones’ commitment marks an unprecedented string of success in Georgia football recruiting. Since May 18th, the Bulldogs have landed top recruit after top recruit. Jones’ commitment is Georgia’s 16th overall for the class of 2008.
Jones made a name for himself at the Scout.com Elite Camp in Atlanta Memorial Day Weekend by more than holding his own with the likes of four-star prospect A.J. Harmon.
It was that performance that got the attention of Georgia’s coaching staff as Jones earned an offer to the Mark Richt Camp, which finished Saturday. Jones made quick work of most of the defensive tackles at the camp. During one stretch Friday afternoon Jones dismantled five defensive tackles in a row, throwing some of them to the turf in the process, before giving way.
He had many of the coaches at Georgia giggling with excitement to watch a player with his energy compete as such a high level. There was not a more impressive offensive lineman at the camp; he may have been the finest rising senior on campus – he certainly was the most impressive player at Georgia without an offer coming to the two-day event.
But it may have been Harmon, one of the most heavily sought after Bulldog recruits, who has at least some part in Jones’ commitment. After being humbled by Jones at the Scout.com Elite Camp in Atlanta in late May, Harmon let Georgia head coach Mark Richt know just how impressive Jones was.
That, at least in part, was one reason Jones got an invitation for the Richt Camp. Last Friday Jones arrived for camp to try to earn a scholarship. That same night Harmon committed to Clemson.
A 3.9 GPA, National Honor Society student who has a shot at being his schools’ valedictorian, Jones’ rise has been swift. He has the same potential Nick Jones had when he arrived in Athens in 2003. That Jones ended his career at Georgia as a four-year starter at guard and center. Ben Jones could play either guard or center, too.
Jones is considered a three-star center prospect by Scout.com. He is considered the nation’s fifth-ranked center and is Alabama’s seventh-rated overall prospect.
Ben Jones 1v1 Scout.com Elite Camp