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Jarvis Jones Declared Eligible To Play, According To Report

Georgia Bulldogs LB Jarvis Jones "has been cleared by the NCAA and SEC and will be eligible to play" according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip TowersThe Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer reports UGA has yet to confirm the report, but agrees with Towers that an official announcement later Tuesday is likely.

Jones' eligibility has been under investigation by the school since a report in the Leder-Enquirer revealed Jones and UGA basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had received benefits while playing for a Columbus AAU basketball team in 2009, before either was a Georgia student-athlete. Jones was a USC Trojans commit during the time period in question.

Within a day after the report broke, UGA had contacted the SEC and NCAA while looking into the matter, turning over their findings on August 5. 

Jones is expected to compete for plenty of playing time and likely a starting spot.

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