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Jones played regularly his freshman year in Athens. He had eight tackles and one sack for the Bulldogs in 2009.
Northside-Warner Robins defensive tackle Abry Jones, who committed to Georgia, said he was not surprised to see his teammate, linebacker Eric Fields, back off his commitment to Clemson. Both Northside players are AJC Super 11 selections. Fields, who was unavailable for comment, has said he still favors Clemson, but wants to take official visits with the Tigers and Georgia. “He has been saying that for a while, so it wasn’t a big deal when it came out [in the media],” Jones said. “I pretty much figured he’d go ahead and do it [back off the commitment]
An early kickoff and non-SEC opponent were the primary reasons Georgia coaches wound up entertaining just a handful of recruits during the season opener against Georgia Southern on Saturday. Recruits at the game included Georgia commits Mike Gilliard of Valdosta, Abry Jones of Northside Warner Robins and Oconee County quarterback Zach Mettenberger. They were joined by senior receiver Michael Bowman of Ridgeland and Griffin junior MarKeith Ambles. “I think [the small turnout] was because it was a 12:30 p.m. game, and a lot of people didn’t want to make the trip,” said Mettenberger, who lives about 10 miles from Sanford Stadium. Mettenberger said Aaron Murray of Plant Senior (Fla.) High, Georgia’s other commitment at quarterback, is expected to visit Athens later this season. “Aaron is coming up for the Alabama and Vanderbilt games,” he said.
For Abry Jones, his college choice came down to feel. Where did he feel the most comfortable? Where was he relaxed? Which place was most like home? Georgia hit the trifecta. "It is where I decided I wanted to be, " said the Northside-Warner Robins defensive lineman. So the 6-4, 250-pound prospect committed to Georgia. He is Georgia's seventh commitment for 2009. He picked Georgia over Florida, Miami and Clemson. "There is an excitement in finding a place and knowing that is where I am going to be playing football for the next few years, " Jones said. Jones was the Bulldogs' top target at his position and rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com. He spent the weekend at Georgia with his mother and watched the G-Day game Saturday. "I was watching the players that play my position, their technique and what they do and then tell myself that those are some of the things that I can do in high school, " Jones said. Jones said he also kept an eye on his position coach Rodney Garner during the game and liked how he reacted to the players. "He is a man who can help you and coach you and he knows who to get you ready to play when it is time to play, " Jones said. Georgia entertained several recruits Saturday. The Bulldogs' scholarship limit is lower this year because of a lack of seniors on the team. Georgia probably will give out 15-20 scholarships.
Georgia coach Mark Richt welcomed 86 high school players for "Dawg Night" prospect camp on July 18. The most celebrated prospect in attendance was Branden Smith of Atlanta's Washington High. Smith, considered one of the nation's top cornerbacks with around 25 offers, opted not to participate in the camp. Defensive end Abry Jones of Northside-Warner Robins, who has committed to Georgia, was also an observer. However, three Georgia commitments decided to go through the workouts: lineman Dallas Lee of Buford, linebacker Michael Gilliard of Buford, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger of Oconee County. Mettenberger looked much sharper and crisp with both his technique and throws that he did at another Georgia camp earlier in the summer. He seemed to quickly develop chemistry with wide receiver Rantavious Wooten of Belle Glades, Fla. Wooten was perhaps the camp's most impressive player with his speed and quickness, attracting the attention of Richt and other members of the Georgia staff.