Local star Jamison discusses ASU offer

Local 2016 defensive athlete Brandon Jamison's first BCS scholarship offer came from Arizona State this month.

Arizona State has targeted Scottsdale Chaparral’s Brandon Jamison for a key defensive position. The program extended a scholarship opportunity to the Firebird defensive end last week.

“ASU offered me and they are recruiting me to play Devil Backer,” Jamison said. “I am being recruited by coach (Keith) Patterson but I have been in contact with (graduate assistant) Ken Dillingham a lot too. We obviously know each other from when he coached here at Chaparral.

“The program has come a long way since coach (Todd) Graham took over. It's amazing that they have the least amount of penalty yards besides the military academy teams. I think the talent is unbelievable and the ASU coaching staff is awesome.”

The 2016 recruit has an intriguing skill set at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He had 79 tackles and 17 tackles-for-loss including 14.5 sacks as a junior. He is also a track standout. One of the state’s top hurdlers, his best time in the 300 meter hurdles reportedly is 38.30 seconds and in the 110 meter hurdles is 14.12 seconds.

Jamison was competing in track and spring football until his track season ended last week.

“We have been practicing for a couple of weeks now,” Jamison said. “But because of track I have not been practicing as much. Track ended last Saturday so I am just practicing now.

“I did well in track but I tweaked my hamstring recently and since I could not run at full speed I did not run in the state finals last week. Spring ball has been going well. There has been a lot of good competition so far.”

ASU is Jamison’s only Power-5 conference offer so far. Air Force, Cornell, NAU, South Dakota State and UC-Davis have also offered a scholarship, he said.

“I have had a lot of coaches coming through this spring but with the NCAA rules, I have not talked to any of them,” Jamison said.

Other programs are in the mix as well.

“I think Boise State could be close to offering,” Jamison said. “I have been in contact with Northwestern too. It would be cool if Arizona offered. I have talked to (former Chaparral head coach) coach (Charlie) Ragle. He came out to one practice but other than not much contact with them. I would like to hear from schools like UCLA and Stanford too.”

Jamison is not in a rush to make a commitment but he does have a plan for making his decision.

“This summer I plan on taking more visits to schools to learn about them,” Jamison said. “I plan on visiting ASU and learning more about its academic programs as well as other schools. I would like to make my decision at the end of the summer.”

Born and raised in Scottsdale, Jamison is open to either staying close to home or leaving the state.

“It would be cool to try something new,” Jamison said. “But it would also be awesome to play close to home and in front of your family and people you know.”


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