Posted: 1:13 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Update: Shaquille Jones confirms commitment to UGA 

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.

60 comments
Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

I'm glad he jumped on his offer and knew where he truly wanted to go... Welcome home Shaq Jones. Welcome HOME

#GO DAWGS

VanguardETFs
VanguardETFs

Fact is UGA already won when Grantham left.  No need to keep making fun.

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Because we are obsessed and jealous over everything UGA and SEC!  However my Buckeyes OWN the SEC!  2014 National Champs!

midtowncowboy
midtowncowboy

Why do so many  monkey's who do not support GA post on GA blogs.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

What a great day for the kid and time to coach him up now.  Pruitt obviously can do that.  Hope the kid turns into a gem and a hell of a player.  Great success story. 

TampGator1
TampGator1

@TheBuckeye.....That was a funny considering no one on here gives ONE crap about what you post or think on here.  But....most of us are sick of your constant crap on here.  But you have that right, as you live in America.  To bad you don't life in North Korea. 

MikeJay
MikeJay

Thank you for unintentionally making my point with your spot on analysis.  Yes, more 2 stars turn out to be nothing when compared to 5 stars, exactly my point.  There are many factors that going into this rating system and they are not all talent based.  Kids from smaller schools are generally under valued do to competition level not their talent.


This kid was overlooked as schools went after 'bigger' fish.  That has nothing to do with his potential to be successful at the next level, which I pointed out.  My post was In response to all the idiots posting we had to have 4-5 star's talent only.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

MikeJay, let me tell you how dumb your analysis is. For every 2 star player that turns out to be a decent player,

there is 8000 of them that never do anything. You do have 5 star bust, but nothing like the chances of a 2

star being succesful. If any of you have a brain, you will figure out Brother is getting this kid because he has ran out of DB options. Dumb butts!     

MikeJay
MikeJay

Stars are not about talent but potential.  In other words how likely is this kid going to turn out to be a stud.


2002- UGA . David Pollack 3 star, Thomas Davis 1 star, Odell T- 2 star, JT Long- walk on,Ian Knight -walk on, Ben Watson - 2 star, Tony Gilbert -2 star,Kentrell Curry- 3 star,. These were all starters on that team.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

Queenmama and NCDAWG, we need both of your keen analysis on how to spin  a 2 star player.

Mike will be proud of anything you come up with and wll agree with you.

I will help you. You never know , he could be the next Hershel.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

This is exactly how Ga people think. Classless. You didn't beat Grantham, he milked you out of millions and

is making a million now. Some flip, the kid is a two star, alert the media! Why don't you just stick your tongue at

Grantham? Yea , Grantham loses alright, right to the bank. Idiots   

MH18
MH18

Let the "Shaudenfreude" commence. 

Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

#wecocky as bryson Williams-Allen say

96JB
96JB

Speaking of flying below the radar, he wasn't on the radar at say BAMA. Glad to have him but Dawgs need more stars as coaching them up usually doesn't happen in Athens. Maybe Coach Pruitt and the new staff will prove different....If he can keep Richt away from his side of the ball.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Let's just declare today pile on The Beav day

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Bryson Allen Williams just said he's signing with South Carolina on Wednesday....so long to him....I'll be satisfied if we just get Lorenzo Carter. This is a good class.

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

Shaq Johnson looks like sleeper at CB.....Man I wish we could get LB B.A.Williams. Saf  T. Ross, T.Harrell , CB W.Green, DE L Carter, A.Williams.

One thing I have notice we are recruiting more athletic guys which is good but I also believe in size. Martinez believed in Ath type players, but he sacrifice size as a result Bama exposed that in 08..We had a South Florida looking defense....Grantham on the other hand love size which is good however too much size we started overlooking true ball players furthermore we were starting to look like a Big Ten type defense.....not good in space and lack of some speed pass rushers (Aub, Neb, Clem). 

 My point is,  I hope Pruitt and Co are balance and not ridged in their recruiting approach...I very familiar with his credentials as a recruiter, but that's at BAMA & FSU both are known for recruiting top 5 classes.Go Dawgs!!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

Hot Diggity Dawg......Coach Rick reels in yet another 2 star recruit. If he can now land a 3 star, it will be like having one 5 star. Are u kidding me??????????????????????????

SinceVince
SinceVince

Kid will need to hit the weight room...... When will Uga flip a 4 or a 5 star kid.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Is he going to be a corner or stay at safety?

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Welcome to UGA Shaq! You're gonna love it! 

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

These are the kind of players that turn out to be stars. Under the radar, nobody wanted him, 2-star and he becomes big time at the next level.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

172 pounds?


DB?


Let me guess. He's the next Richard Sherman


I'd let The Beav have him, put some weight on and have him transfer if he's worth it. 

Farcas
Farcas

Your buckeyes will choke as usual. You are just to stupid to understand that fact.

Hines Ward MVP
Hines Ward MVP

Monkeys!?!?!?!? really?? In 2014!?!?!?

Seems like midtown cowboy is a racist and wants a big black hairy banana

MikeJay
MikeJay

@midtowncowboy


Because their Mommy's and Daddy's did not hug them enough and they crave attention anywhere they can get it.   Kinds of sad really.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@TampGator1  I think it's rather odd that grown men spend so much time and thought on 17 and 18 year old high school football players. If it were you own son, I'd understand, otherwise, it's rather odd. 

Farcas
Farcas

Dude, change your name to SlackjawDawg. It fits better with your intelligence.

Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

Great post uga only expect 5 stats

Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

Great post uga only expect 5 stars

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@SlawDawg  Michael Sam was a 2-star recruit. But I don't expect you to know what he did in college football. You probably don't even know who that is.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Bubbatavious  You're never satisfied. We will land Lorenzo Carter and you'll still have something to gripe about you f'king troll

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@DawgGoneIt He sure will love it. Shreveport is so nice in December for the bowl game.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@THEBuckeye(aka The KY Jelly Boy)


I have found no evidence of ANYONE asking your assessment of the 172 lbs. recruit!!!!!

dawgs01
dawgs01

@THEBuckeye again another football expert telling us that a high school kid does not weigh enough.  let take in the fact that the average college freshmen gains 15 pounds so if he does that that puts him at 187 not bad.  these are high school kids who usually play a few sports have testosterone flowing threw their blood just burning the calories not to mention a lot of these kids don't get enough calories in high school to make up for their caloric deficit from sports.  I was 205 graduating high school after my first semester in the strength and conditioning program and proper nutrition I was 230 at Christmas break.  positions like LB, DL, OL those guys can add anywhere from 25-45 pounds in college corners and smaller athletes 15-25 just depends on what their frame can handle. 

  It never fails every time they put a new recruits measurements on here someone says to small to play division one football

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

172 coming out of high school. He will gain weight in college. What do you expect? A 230 lb corner? He'll be around 185-190 by the time he gets in the program which is a good size for a corner.

Ghost13
Ghost13

@THEBuckeye  OSU starting CB Bradley Roby was 175 lb senior in high school.Doran gran was  171 lbs.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Farcas  farcus farcus farcus, THEBuckeyes1 is a stalking fraudulent weasel. He is no more a Buckeye than  I am a Tech fan. And you bought him hook line and sinker. 

Upnorthgc
Upnorthgc

See what the old ball coach does with Georgia 2/3 stars? He goes and beat uga with the players they didn't want