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One UGA defender leaving, another likely to join him

Last year around this time, it was looking as if safety Reshad Jones would bolt Georgia for NFL riches. In the end, he remained in Athens for another season.

This time around, there is no waffling. Per Joe Schad of, Jones will make himself available for the draft. Jones also confirmed his decision to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I feel like I’ve done everything I can do at Georgia,” Jones told Schad. “I’m physically and mentally ready. I bring passion to the game and also versatility, because I can play both free and strong safety.”

Jones and teammate linebacker Rennie Curran will conduct a teleconference today, Schad reports, with the latter likely joining the former in announcing his intentions to jump to the NFL a year early.

It’s been widely expected that both would leave a year of eligibility on the table. That expectation should come to fruition at some point this afternoon.

With the decision of Jones and -- likely -- Curran, that brings to 22 the number of eligible underclassmen who have decided to leave school early. Just how do we know that precise of a number? Why, we clicked HERE, of course.