Reshad Jones has come back full circle and will stay for the 2009 season. Brett Jensen writes that the Georgia safety told members of the coaching staff this morning that he had changed his mind and wanted to return for his redshirt junior season.
You had to at least wonder when the confirmation of his leaving didn't break late this morning that maybe defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and/or head coach Mark Richt grabbed his ear after a good night's sleep.
Jones was one of the members of the highly touted 2006 class that included fellow five star recruit Matthew Stafford and was the top rated safety in the nation. A product of Booker T. Washington, the state of Georgia's top recruit chose Georgia over a slew of other offers after being recruited heavily by Rodney Garner.
Although Jones has yet to have the breakout season many were expecting back in February of '06 when he signed his LOI, few doubt the safety's potential. This season he was second on the team in tackles after starting 12 of 13 games.
Many fans have grown impatient with his inconsistent play, but he also led the team in interceptions this season. If Rennie Curran was dotting the "i" in Columbia by forcing the Mike Davis fumble, Jones was crossing the "t" when he sealed the victory by means of his interception on the Gamecocks' last drive.
Assuming the starting safety's heart is behind this final decision, it is good news for Dawg fans and surely has coaches around Butts-Mehre breathing a sigh of relief.
It is just a matter of time before the production follows the potential. And this Dawg Blawgger can't wait...