Small Town, Big Talent

Division 1-A Royal High School may be a small school in the middle of Washington, but that does not mean that the record setting performances by one if its student are any less amazing. College recruiters certainly are not deterred by the out of the way location.

When a once in a lifetime type athlete comes along, a good coach will find every way possible to get that talent involved in the game. Such is the case with Royal High School Head Coach Wiley Allred. Coach Allred used his quick, elusive superstar, Jeff Jack, all over the field en route to a championship season. Jack took advantage of his pure athleticism to light up stat sheets both during the season and at summer football camps.

"I'm 5'11", 200 pounds and I ran the fastest shuttle time at the L.A. combine and I ran a 4.09 shuttle," Jack said. "I had a 36" vertical leap at the BYU combine."

Jack helped lead his team past 2-A State Champion Othello High School as well as number one ranked Okanogan High School on its way to a perfect 11-0 season.

"We opened up our season against the 2-A State Champion last year [Othello] of our state, and we beat them [31-19]," said Jack. "We then won out the rest of our games and had our first playoff game were we beat Okanogan [57-8] who was ranked number one in the state for our division."

Since that first game, Jack has racked up several state records that began during his junior year. D-1 and Ivy League coaches have watched to see how the young athlete progressed throughout his senior season. Jack has not disappointed in least.

"I guess the whole stats thing kind of started last year when I broke the single season point record when I had 335 total points," Jack said. "Last year I was player of the year for the 1-A division and this year I was defensive player of the year for the [SCAC] league as well as First Team All-State running back and first team linebacker. I had 98 tackles, 78 solos on defense this year.

"I also have 1,461 yards on 163 attempts and 28 touchdowns. I had nine yards a carry. I had 152 yards receiving with one touchdown there. I had three punt returns for touchdowns and two interceptions.

"This year I just broke the all-time single season career point record as well with 670 points. I think I had 42 touchdowns and also I have the PAT record last year at around 86."

Despite the accomplishments, Jack is still waiting on a scholarship from a D-1 school. Currently the University of Washington and BYU have their eyes on Jack. Ivy League schools have also expressed interest.

"Right now I have a scholarship for Eastern Washington University," said Jack. "I got that scholarship over the summer. Other schools that are looking at me are BYU, Washington, Idaho, Yale, Princeton and Harvard. My GPA is 3.84 and I scored 1760 on the new test."

Jack visited BYU during the summer camp and has already been introduced to BYU coaches. He was escorted around campus by a former BYU and NFL linebacker.

"It started off with my brother in law [Derek Allred] who is friends with a linebacker [Justin Ena], who used to play up at BYU. He used to play for a pro team but I think he just got released. He used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles but the last team he used to play for was Tennessee. I took my junior season highlight film in with Justin Ena who was there with me, and he introduced me to some of the coaches there. He showed me around the campus for a while. Coach Reynolds is the one who recruits me, and my most recent call was about a week and a half ago."

Despite not having a scholarship offer from BYU, Jack has an official recruiting trip for January.

"[BYU's] going to get an official visit set up with for January," Jack said. "I'm really impressed with Head Coach Mendenhall. He's a real hard working guy who brings a good, new tone to everything he's doing to build that program at BYU. I think they're starting to turn into an exciting team to watch."

Jack also plans to serve a full time LDS mission following high school. TBS will follow up on the recruiting process for Jack months to come.

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