Proven Recruiting Approach Landed Jarrett

There's no one recruiting philosophy that guarantees securing the services of a prospect. Yet in only its second year, the coaching regime at Arizona State has shown on several occasions that it can sway players from previous commitments and have them ultimately sign with the Sun Devils. San Marcos (Calif.) defensive end Jamaar Jarrett is one prime example of ASU's effective recruiting methods.

Jamaar Jarrett visited Oregon on his school's bye week and ventured to Arizona State when his season concluded. His experiences being pursued by those two programs and a handful of others were an eye-opening experience to say the least.

"I was new to the recruiting process and our high school was new too," Jarrett explained. "So we didn't have any former players that got recruited and could guide me through it, and tell me all the little things I should know. I was kind of in the process by myself."

In the middle of January the defensive end pledged to the Ducks.

"When you go visit Oregon their facilities are really nice and that's what they sell to you." said Jarrett. "I bought into it and that's pretty much the whole reason why I committed there. When I went and visited Arizona State and Colorado (who he visited the last weekend before Letter of Intent signing day) I started to question things and that led to me de-committing."

In a previous interview to Devils Digest, Mission Hills HS head coach Chris Hauser noted that at the time of Jarrett's commitment to Oregon, neither he nor Jarrett's mom was present in the room with the defensive end.

"The Oregon coaches put a lot of pressure on me," Jarrett recalled. "Every time they met with me they were saying ‘when are you going to commit to us?' You hear that and what can you say to a coach? You feel obligated. When I was up there on a visit they were always asking, ‘why aren't you committing now?' It was a tough process."

The Sun Devils happened to have a scheduled visit with Jarrett the day after he committed to ASU's Pac-10 foe. 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.

Luckily for ASU that's wasn't the case, the Sun Devils' defensive line coach Grady Stretz continued to successfully pursue Jarrett.

"Coach Stretz visited me when the time was right. He told me the things that I needed to hear," Jarrett noted. "He talked to be about the roster at defensive end and how key I would be on the team. I never heard that from Oregon. He treated me very well on my visit and I didn't get that from Oregon."

"Whenever Coach Stretz talked to me he wasn't putting on a show – he was real."

ASU's defensive line coach was the first college 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 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."

When Jarrett decided to drop Oregon from consideration, it became a two-team race between ASU and Colorado. The defensive end admitted that not until a few minutes before he actually signed and faxed his Letter of Intent to Tempe did he actually settle on the maroon and gold.

"Colorado, just like ASU, showed me a great time. I was going back and forth between those two hoping I make the right decision," he said. "I was just trying to get my head straight. Signing day just popped up on me and I still didn't know what I was gonna do."

"But in the end I know I made the right decision."

As mentioned, when Jarrett saw the depth chart at defensive end, he felt that he did have chance to play early. "I know I'm not coming to Arizona State to be given a spot," he acknowledged. "I know I have to bust my butt and earn my spot on the team. When I watch game film of the defensive line, I see a lot of second and third team players getting reps and that works well for a player like me."

"It helps that the coach recruiting you is also your position coach and he can really explain everything that goes on with the defensive line."

Jarrett is listed as the No. 35 defensive end in the nation and the No. 4 defensive end in the state of California by Scout.com, and was an all-league selection. As a senior he recorded 42 tackles and four sacks, and faced constant double- and triple-teams. The 10-2 Grizzlies reached the CIF-San Diego section finals. In his junior season he totaled 83 tackles and nine sacks.

"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 created."

Jarrett listed his speed and technique as areas he would like to improve on. "I feel that I have very good explosion off the ball and I can beat my guy," he said of his strong suit.

ASU's incoming freshman admitted that the Sun Devils' contest vs. Oregon this season will be special for him, and he's joked saying how relieved he is that since the game is in Tempe he won't hear that many boos from the stands. Even though the defensive end's reputation is playing at a high constant pace, he knows that there's also comes a time where he needs to dial it down and not let emotions get the best of you.

"I approach every game like that," he said. "But that game will be exciting and lots of fun."

In the off-season Jarrett has been following the regimen that all incoming freshmen were given by ASU's Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Hilgart. On July 7th Jarrett will start his summer classes at ASU while also working out with his new teammates.

"I didn't have great four years of schoolwork in high school, so I'm really looking forward to working hard in the classroom in college from the beginning," said Jarrett. "Football is important, but I really want to get my schoolwork down too."

Recruit Profile

Name

Jamaar Jarrett

High School
Mission Hills HS, San Marcos, Calif.


Position
Defensive End


Height

6-5

Weight

250

Date of Birth

3/28/90

Birthplace

Bakersfield, Calif.

Nickname

"Didn't have one."

Favorite TV Show

"SportsCenter."

Favorite Movie

"The Program."

Favorite Singer

"Lil' Wayne."

Favorite Food

"Steak."

Favorite Drink

"Raspberry Ice Tea."

Favorite Athlete

"Michael Jordan."

Favorite Pro Team

"San Diego Chargers."

Person you most admire

"My mom. She's struggled a lot in her life, but overcame a lot too. She definitely helped me get to where I am now."

First Football Memory

"First day of freshmen practice, getting yelled at by the head coach. We didn't screw up or anything, he just yelled at us because we were freshmen (laughs)."

One Thing most people don't know about me

"I like to play Golf."

Why did you choose ASU?

"The environment. All the coaches there treated me very well. Coach Erickson is very down to earth, and he wants to win a national championship. That's what I'm all about."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"I'd like to still be playing football. If that doesn't work out, just hoping my business degree takes me somewhere and I have a good job."

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