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Georgia Bulldog DB Commit Demello Jones A "Flat Out Winner"

March 21, 2023

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs are champions in college football, and they’re looking to be champions on the recruiting trail as well in next year’s class.

The Bulldogs are off to a tremendous start in the 2024 class with 10 current commitments, half of them being Georgia natives.

Georgia’s most recent 2024 commitment is four-star athlete Demello Jones, who chose the back-to-back national champions over offers from Alabama, Auburn, among others.

Leading Swainsboro to a 13-1 season and an appearance in the 2A state championship game, Jones was a do-it-all player for the Tigers last fall, making plays in all three phases of the game. The Bulldogs offered Jones in late November and hosted him shortly after for the Georgia Tech game.

Jones is being recruited to play defensive back in Athens, so Dawg Post caught up with Swainsboro defensive coordinator Dwight Smith to get an idea of what Jones will bring to assistant Fran Brown’s secondary.

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“The University of Georgia is getting what they’ve been getting these past several years, an athletically and mentally gifted kid with an absolute edge about him”, Smith told Dawg Post. “Coach Smart and his staff have done a great job of identifying these guys and locking in on making them Georgia Bulldogs. Demello checks all of the boxes. They are getting the ultimate competitor, and probably the most unselfish kid in the country. He’s equally as special when the play isn’t designed for him to make and celebrates his teammates success more than he celebrates his own.”

Jones love the game. He loves to compete. He’ll play any position asked of him, and brings a leadership quality as well. He’s easy to root for, and he’s exactly the type of player who could thrive in Georgia’s secondary down the road. 

“To me what separates him from most of the athletes in the country is the fact that everything comes so natural to him”, Smith added.  “There is literally nothing he can’t do, and if he’s not the best, he’s going to work at it for as long as it takes to became the best at it. That’s just how he’s wired.”

As good as Jones is on the gridiron for the Tigers, he’s also a key track and field member who will turn some heads with his speed. Jones helped lead the Swainsboro 4x100 team to first place as a 10th grader and claims a personal best 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

“I’m the Head Track and Field coach and I still don’t know what 4 events he’s going to participate in because he’s the best we have in about 8 events”, Smith continued. “So I’ll have to strategically put him in events to put the team in the best position to win the Region and State Championships, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He played for the State Title in Football, willed his Basketball Team to a Final Four appearance and If I was a betting man, I would say his team will have a strong showing at the State Track Meet in May as well. He’s a flat out winner.”

A “flat out winner”. That’s that Jones will bring to Athens. At running back last year, Jones showed his natural athleticism and playmaking ability, rushing for 1,279 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has receiver-like ball skills, catching 14 passes for 382 yards and seven more touchdowns. In the secondary, Jones closes well with the ball in the air and knows how to delivery a bit hit on the ball-carrier. He’s tough, physical, and knows how to tackle, making 44 total stops while breaking up six passes.

Dawg Post ranks Jones as the No. 22 prospect in the state for the 2024 class. 


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