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Georgia’s ‘Fastest Prospect’ Scheduling Visits

Jonathan Jones doesn’t know which school he will attend yet, but the cornerback from Carrollton (Ga.) High School is quickly scheduling his visits for the summer.

Jones received an offer from Auburn when he visited the Tigers earlier this month. He followed up that trip with a visit to Georgia Tech, which has already offered a scholarship to Jones.

Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he plans to visit Tennessee on July 18 and Florida State on July 19.

“I don’t really have any leaders right now,” Jones told the AJC. “But once I visit Tennessee and Florida State, and see if they offer me or not, then I will have a better idea about everything. As far as my current offers, I’m really liking Auburn, Mississippi State and Georgia Tech.”

Jones’ speed is why he’s such a coveted prospect. The Junior Olympics candidate won the 110-meter hurdles (14.02 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (37.39) to help win the Class AAA all-points trophy.

Jones could run track anywhere in the country but appears focused on playing football.

“It’s just what I grew up doing,” Jones told the AJC. “I started playing football at the age of four. It’s something I just love to do. With track, people saw that I was fast and said, ‘go run track.’ But football is in my heart.”

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Georgia Defensive End Nearly Committed To Florida

Defensive end Jhaustin Thomas from Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga., nearly committed to Florida during a visit to Gainesville earlier this month.

At first, I was going to do it,” Thomas told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Then I decided I wanted to visit some other schools to have something to compare with Florida, and to be sure I’m making the right choice. Because once I commit, it’s over.”

It could be over for every school but Florida and South Carolina. Thomas told the AJC the battle for his services is down to the Gators and Gamecocks.

That position could change, of course. Thomas said he plans to visit South Carolina in July and is considering taking trips to Alabama and Clemson.

Thomas said he would like to commit to a school before his senior season begins. Columbia coach Mario Allen believes that’s a good idea.

“I’ve been trying to encourage Jhaustin to consider committing this summer because once football season is over, he goes straight into basketball,” Allen said. “He’s one of the better basketball players in Class AAA. He won’t have time (to take official visits) and see the schools like he really wants to do. We’ll see how it all pans out. He has a lot of upside, a lot of upside.”

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Georgia Linebacker Set To Announce Decision

Linebacker Dillon Lee from Buford (Ga.) High School plans to announce his college decision on Monday.

Lee is considering Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Southern California.

Lee’s older brother, Dallas Lee, is an offensive lineman at Georgia. That has led many to believe the Bulldogs have an advantage in Lee’s recruitment.

“My whole family is Georgia fans, and I’ve been going to games there my whole life,” Lee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I know a lot about them, and I’ve been trying to get to know the new linebackers coach since he was hired.”

Georgia is the most recent school to offer a scholarship to Lee, who has nearly 20 offers. Lee told the AJC he wasn’t offended by the AJC.

Lee is ranked the No. 232 prospect in nation by

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Tennessee Signee Ware Still Asking For Release

Basketball prospect Kevin Ware is still requesting a release from the national letter of intent he signed with Tennessee in November.

“Yes I am,” Ware told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The AJC’s story, which was posted at 3:15 eastern time on Monday afternoon, stated that Ware had not yet spoken to new Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. Ware told the AJC he missed a call from Martin on Monday morning and then left a message with Martin when he missed Ware’s call later in the day.

Martin said Monday afternoon during his introductory press conference at about the same time that he had spoken to both Ware and point guard Chris Jones, who is UT’s other signee for the class of 2011.

It’s unclear if Martin and Ware have actually been able to speak. Both made it be known that they would like to speak soon, and Martin said on Monday that he would meet with Ware and Jones next week after the Final Four takes place in Houston.

Ware’s release doesn’t appear to have been granted to this point. He told the AJC that UT officials would like him to meet with Martin before a decision is made on Ware’s request for a release. Jones indicated the same last week during a conversation with MrSEC.

Ware has appeared anxious to find out more about Martin.

“He’s a good guy from what I’m hearing … good reputation, good background,” Ware told the AJC.

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Monday Morning Headlines

Here are some recruiting headlines to begin your week.

1. Top prospect Jadeveon Clowney will likely wait past signing day to choose his school.

2. ESPN’s top uncommitted safety could very well end up playing in the SEC.

3. Florida State has taken away some SEC prospects. The latest: tight end Nick O’Leary.

4. Here’s a roundup of official visitors news coming out of the weekend.

5. Linebacker C.J. Johnson’s recruitment appears to be down to LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

6. The coach of tailback Isaiah Crowell and Georgia commit Quintavious Harrow spoke recently to the AJC.

7. Anthony Chickillo probably won’t play for an SEC school. He says he’s sticking with Miami.

8. Florida had two official visitors during the past weekend.

9. Arkansas is trying to convince several prospects to switch their commitments.

10. Here’s a list of SEC players who have switched their commitments this year.

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SEC: Alabama and Auburn put it on the line today

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SEC: Crimson Tide rolls, looks ahead to Auburn

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Georgia Offers In-State Receiver

Georgia has offered a scholarship to wide receiver DeMarco Robinson from M.L. King High School in Atlanta.

The offer came on Friday before Robinson scored two touchdowns to help M.L. King win a region championship.

Yeah, it was pretty good day,” Robinson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

What does the offer from Georgia mean to Robinson?

“It’s a real big deal to me,” Robinson said. “For the most part they’ve always been my favorite team. But as far as recruiting, it all depends on what they want me to play.”

Robinson would like to play wide receiver, but he could also play defense. He told the AJC he will find out on Monday which position Georgia wants him to play.

Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota and Marshall have also offered Robinson.

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SEC: Hooray for “The Hat” as LSU rises

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