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Georgia’s Jarvis Jones among SEC talent declaring for NFL

The Associated PressJanuary 5, 2013 

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Texas A&M's Trey Williams (20) tries but fails to get the ball into the end zone on a running play as Ryan Swope (25) and Oklahoma defensive back Gabe Lynn (9) watch in the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


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Georgia’s Jarvis Jones heading to pros

Georgia All-American linebacker Jarvis Jones informed the school that he won’t be returning for his senior season, a decision that was expected almost as soon as he announced a year ago that he was returning to the Bulldogs. He is projected to be one of the top picks in the NFL draft after leading the nation with 14.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for losses and seven forced fumbles, while missing two games with injuries.

Gators TE Reed to leave

Florida is losing at least three underclassmen to the NFL. Tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s leading receiver this season, declared for the NFL draft. He joined safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as Florida players skipping their senior season.

Reed, a junior from New London, Conn., had 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns this season. He was a first-team, All-SEC selection by The Associated Press.

Defensive end Dominique Easley said he is unsure about his plans.

LSU’s Reid, Simon, Wing, Ware headed to draft

LSU safety Eric Reid, cornerback Tharold Simon, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing formally declared their intention to leave school early and enter the NFL draft.

Those decisions mean the Tigers will lose at least three defensive regulars, with linebacker Kevin Minter also having informed the school he’d be leaving this week.

Reid and Minter both were AP second-team All-America selections. Simon was a starter who had four interceptions this season.

Five commit at Under Armour game

At St. Petersburg, Fla., including Brooklyn, N.Y., defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko committing to Clemson over Florida and Syracuse (see ACC roundup), there were five commitments at the Under Armour All-America Game, in which Team Highlight beat Team Nitro 16-3.

Jackson, La., linebacker Kendell Beckwith committed to LSU over Alabama;

Lawrenceville, Ga., linebacker Trey Johnson chose Ohio State over Auburn;

Mission Viejo, Calif., cornerback Max Redfield committed to Notre Dame over USC and Ohio State;

and Seffner, Fla., safety Leon McQuay III committed to Southern Cal over Vanderbilt and Florida State.

Mississippi State promotes Collins to defensive coordinator

Mississippi State has promoted Geoff Collins to defensive coordinator, the school announced. Collins has spent the past two seasons as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach after coming from Florida International in 2011. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen let Collins handle the defensive playcalling responsibilities in the Gator Bowl after the defense struggled under Chris Wilson in the last half of the regular season.

Wilson remains on Mississippi State’s staff. He also coaches the defensive line.

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