Posted: 1:13 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014
By Chip Towers
UPDATED: Defensive back Shaquille Jones of Merritt Island, Fla., confirmed through his high school coach that he did, indeed, de-commit from Louisville and commit to the Georgia Bulldogs after his official visit to Athens this past weekend.
Following is the original story on Jones, who had previously committed to Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, formerly of Georgia. It has been amended to reflect confirmation of his pledge to Georgia.
ATHENS -- It’s official: Georgia has flipped a commitment from Louisville and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Shaquille Jones, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back from Merritt Island High School in Florida, rcommitted to the Bulldogs after visiting there this past weekend. Jones had committed to the Cardinals before visiting there the previous weekend but was swayed Georgia’s way after it came forth with a late offer.
“He said he’s going to go to Georgia,” Merritt Island coach Jeff McLean said. “He just said he liked the coaches and the campus and everything it had to offer and he feels like he can play there.”
Jones is a prospect who has flown below the radar with regard to major-college recruitment. He originally committed to South Alabama and former defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer. Sherrer has since joined Georgia as inside linebackers coach and “that was the connection,” McLean said.
Jones is currently is a 2-star rated recruit. Perhaps because of Louisville and Georgia’s recent interest, Jones has generated a lot of recruiting buzz of late. As national signing day approaches Wednesday, McLean said he has been hearing from Miami, Minnesota and South Florida.
“His family moved here from the south end of the county right last summer and he kind of got lost in the shuffle,” McLean said. “But he’s definitely got the talent to play (major-college ball). He’s a 6-2 corner who can run. People see his film and they say wow!”
Jones is the Bulldogs’ 19th verbal commitment for the class of 2014. They could sign as many as four others on Wednesday, including 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter of Norcross, defensive tackle Andrew Williams of Eagles Landing Christian Academy, safety Tavon Ross of Bleckley County and/or linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams of Cedar Grove.
Michael Carvell is reporting some news on ECLA’s Williams. Carvell also has some news regarding the academic issues that may prevent another UGA commitment from signing with the Bulldogs.
Check back here for continuing recruiting developments.