Inside Jamarr Jarrett's De-Commitment to ASU

It was a Letter of Intent day surprise for the Sun Devils and it was a pleasant one. Jamaar Jarrett switched his pledge the eve of signing day from Oregon and faxed his LOI to Tempe. In this candid interview Jarrett's head coach, Chris Hauser, told Devils Digest of the chain of events that led the 6-5 255 defensive lineman from San Marcos (Calif.) to becoming a Sun Devil.

Hauser indicated that he usually doesn't advocate his players to take official visits during the season. On a November bye week for the Mission Hills Grizzlies Jamaar Jarrett tripped to Oregon, and when the season concluded he visited Arizona State. "Both schools treated him really well," said Hauser, "and that made the decision that much more difficult. He's was in a situation where not many players are in – in control of his destiny."

When Jarrett met with Oregon in mid-January, Hauser thought that he may have felt a little pressured at the moment. In that meeting, where neither Hauser nor Jarrett's mom were present, the defensive lineman pledged to the Ducks.

The Sun Devils happened to have a scheduled visit with Jarrett the day after he committed. Hauser said that he, and probably the ASU coaches as well, expected Jarrett to state that he's a solid verbal to the Ducks and that he didn't want to be further pursued by the maroon and gold.

Naturally, that never happened.

"The coaching staff at ASU told me: ‘We kind of gave him a lot of doors to shut for us but he never did. We'd like to see if we can stay on this kid.' I told them that I would talk to Jamaar and see what he said. Obviously I found out that he still wanted to be recruited by Arizona State."

When Oregon entered the recruiting picture, some family factors certainly played in the recruitment of Jarrett. "He has a grandmother there and his mom was thinking about moving there. Mom was hoping that he was gonna relocate there too," stated Hauser. "So with Oregon it was really a family decision and I think Jamaar stepped back one day and said ‘what about my decision?' I think that's how he formulated his decision."

"As He thought it through and asked himself which school he really wanted to go to he changed his mind."

Jarrett visited Colorado the weekend before signing day, and Hauser indicated that the Buffaloes were just as strong of a suitor as the other two aforementioned schools. "He was probably hoping that myself or one of the coaches would tell him what to do, but we all knew that it had to be his decision in the end. That's why he decided the night before signing day."

Hauser noted that after Jarrett visited Oregon and ASU he "kind of put the breaks on himself." Visits were planned to California, Washington and Louisville but they never materialized.

"I think that he thought after those two visits that was enough," said Hauser. "When kids take that first visit, they always fall in love with the school. They think everything is amazing and get swept off their feet. That's why I was happy that he took another visit, which was Arizona State, because he was also sky high after that visit."

Jarrett, listed as the No. 35 defensive end in the nation by recorded 42 tackles and four sacks as a senior, and faced constant double- and triple-teams. The 10-2 Grizzlies reached the CIF-San Diego section finals. "Right off the bat, he's not a finesse player right now. He's a very physical defensive lineman. He's very strong with hands and he's a very aggressive kid," said Hauser of Jarrett's skills. "He has an unbelievable motor and he won't take a play off."

"Where I believe coaches will have fun with him in his pass rush game. That's where I think his repertoire needs to develop. In high school when you bull rush against smaller guys, you can get away with that. In college the game changes dramatically and he has to develop more moves. It will be fun to see his arsenal be created."

Jarrett's coach stated that his player, while having the body to play defensive tackle, is very adamant about staying at defensive end. "If he's asked to move to defensive tackle, he will leave the program," Hauser noted. "He was straight with the coaches saying that he will not move inside."

ASU's defensive line coach Grady Stretz was the first coach to contact Jarrett back in the spring of last year. "That relationship was built back in May, and ever since then it's just has grown and grown," Hauser commented. "He wants to play for coach Stretz and that was the coach he was around the most."

"Coach Stretz believes he can get the most out of Jamaar, and Jamaar is excited that he will be competing from day one to get on the field. He knows that he's not promised a starting job, but he knows that he will be given an opportunity to compete for a starting job."

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