The Georgia Bulldogs are still looking for another running back to close out the 2012 class, but that did not stop them from offering one of the top in-state juniors for the 2013 class. Running back Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led all high school running backs in Georgia this season with 2,375 yards, and scored 38 touchdowns. He was evaluated in games against Lassiter and Grayson, and apparently the Georgia coaches liked what they saw.
“Coach [Bryan] McClendon came to a couple of my games, and when I called him after, he told me that I was a baller,” Jones said. “He came by the school today and told my head coach that Mark Richt was going to call and offer and for me to consider myself having an offer from the University of Georgia,” Jones said.
That is offer No.4 for Jones, with Duke, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt also extending verbals to the talented junior. Jones is considered by many to be the top tailback in Georgia for 2013.
The latest offer has Jones excited.
“I was kind of shocked and speechless," he said. "I could not believe it was true at first. It means a lot go get an offer from an SEC school that is so close to home. I told my parents, and they were excited.”
While he is still in the early stages of his recruitment, Jones has interest in playing in Athens.
“I thing playing at Georgia is a good possibility,” Jones said. “I like Mark Richt, and Coach McClendon seems really cool. I just think it is going to be a good opportunity.”
Jones visited Georgia for the Mississippi State game with teammate Brandon Kublanow, a 2013 offensive lineman who also has an offer from the Bulldogs.
“I got to see the facilities and the locker room, and I was able to watch how their running backs played,” Jones said. “Me and Brandon talked about going to the same school, depending on who offers both of us.”
Georgia's roster includes another Walton standout, and he has given the Raiders duo his thoughts on what it is like to play for the Bulldogs.
“Brandon [Burrows] has told me a couple of times how much he loves the coaches and the atmosphere at Georgia,” Jones said.
Jones sees himself as a versatile, all-purpose back who can run the ball, catch passes out of the backfield and make plays on special teams at the next level.