Jaylin Brackett recently made what was not only his first trip to Appalachian State for a weekend unofficial visit with other elite 2018 recruits but also his first trip above 3,000 feet. The scenery was memorable but the experience was greater for Brackett as he named the Mountaineers his current leader. Approaching his senior season Brackett plans to commit before his opening game in August.

Jaylin Brackett has played two season of varsity football at Madison (AL) Academy where those teams have a combined 24-6 record, including a 4A state championship game appearance in 2016. Brackett was 4A All-Region 7 first team from his defensive line spot, but before he approaches his senior season he’s in the midst of recruiting season.

That process began with a trip to Appalachian State on April 29th for Brackett where he toured the campus, football facilities, and spent tangible time with the coaching staff, along with a number of other valued prospects.

”It was a great school, a really, really great environment, I really loved the campus. I want to thank (Linebacker) Coach Dale Jones for inviting me out there,” Brackett says of his day at App State. “I loved the academic part, the weight room, I loved everything about App State.

”I like the indoor facility a lot and the view from the press box. I liked what told us they’re going to do to the place with the new jumbo-tron (scoreboard and graphics screen).”

Brackett’s time with Mountaineer coaches was clearly impactful for him.

”I talked to (Mark Ivey) the defensive line coach and Coach Jones, they talked about me coming up there officially, and my grades and ACT score – I made a really good ACT score – and they liked that,” said Brackett. “They talked about where I would be playing, how my classes would fit, and basically everything that happens normally around App State.”

Brackett prioritizes academics both now and as he considers his college options, as well as his relationship with his future coaches.

”First thing I’m looking for is the academics; if the school covers my major in a great way that would catch my eye,” Brackett said. “When I’m there playing football I would love to enjoy being around the coaching staff. App State has a great coaching staff and I love their attitude towards me and everything about them.”

Not only was this Brackett’s first trip to Appalachian but it was also his first mountain trip, as he recalled.

”Never,” Brackett answers when asked if he’s spent time in mountain terrain previously, “But, it was a great experience. It was a long drive and with the mountains I was a little nervous, but it was really nice.”

Brackett is already thinking about a future trip to App State, hoping to make a game day visit this fall.

”I’m going to come up, I just have to decide which one I can come to,” Brackett says.

But, if his current schedule holds Brackett will have already made his college selection, with a current leader in mind.

”Me and my dad have talked about it, and I plan on committing before my first game,” Brackett says. “In recruiting right now my number one would be App State, but a lot of schools are coming in to see me now. We’ll see how spring and summer goes.”

Brackett and Madison Academy open at home on August 25th.


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