ATHENS, Ga. -- When speaking to Jarvis Jones for any length of time, the first thing than becomes readily evident is that he has certain goals and nothing will stop him from achieving them. Jones speaks in absolutes, and his certainty inspires those around him. His genial nature wins over teammates, fans and even cynical reporters. The second characteristic that is evident when talking to him is that he is quite philosophical. For someone who plays so violently on Saturdays, he speaks softly and deeply about football and life in general.
But he wasn’t always that way.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach sat down with Jones last week in what was supposed to be a 15-minute interview. More than an hour later, Schlabach emerged with the story of a young man who blamed himself for the murder of his older brother, Darcell Kitchens. Jones, of course, had nothing to do with it -- but such tragedy is hard for a 15-year-old boy to accept, especially since Kitchens was Jones’ best friend.
For more about Jones’ journey and his destination read Schlabach's full story here.
Also, be sure to watch DawgNation's interview with Jones last night about the Heisman hype and predicting snap counts here, as well as ESPN football analyst Todd McShay's Heisman prediction for the Georgia Bulldog.