Jones’ decision means that the draft’s projected top linebacker and top running back, as well as one of the top quarterbacks and one of the top wide receivers, are not planning to work out at this week’s combine.
A two-time All-American at Georgia, Jones is one of 32 SEC underclassmen making the jump to the NFL this year. He is one of six underclassmen ranked among the top 10 prospects on Kiper’s latest Big Board.
During the 2012 season, Jones led the nation in sacks (14.5) and tackles for a loss (24.5), both Georgia records. In two seasons at Georgia, the USC transfer recorded 28 sacks and 44 tackles for a loss in 26 games.
GEORGIA: Offensive lineman Kolton Houston, who has yet to play in college after testing positive for a banned substance by the NCAA, is no longer listed on Georgia’s official football roster, but his status with the team remains the same.
“I’m still on the team,” Houston said in a message to the Athens Banner-Herald. “I’m just waiting to get cleared before I start practicing.”
The school still hopes Houston will become eligible to play.
“Kolton is currently not working out with the team, which is the same as has been the case since his NCAA eligiblity has been in question,” team spokesman Claude Felton said via e-mail Thursday. “But his status is the same as last fall. He’s still on scholarship and work (is) still being done to restore his eligibility as has been the case the last 2-3 years.”
Houston has remained ineligible for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance banned by the NCAA. Georgia has said that Houston was unknowingly given a substance banned by the NCAA — the anabolic steroid Norandrolone — after sustaining a shoulder injury playing for Buford High School.
LOUISIANA STATE: Vice chancellor Herb Vincent says former Tigers great Billy Cannon has checked out of a hospital, two days after being admitted for treatment of a stroke.
Vincent says one of Cannon’s family members informed him Thursday that Cannon was on his way home.
Cannon’s family has said that the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner was performing his job as dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola on Tuesday when he showed symptoms of a stroke and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.
The family has not released specifics about the prognosis for Cannon’s recovery.
In addition to starring at LSU, Cannon had a successful pro career in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders, and then went to dental school.