Snow LB Anchors Top JC Defense

Ranked #2 in the nation, Snow Junior College is sweeping aside opponents with relative ease thanks to a potent offense and a stingy defense. Smack dab in the middle of the vaunted Badger defense is Orem, Utah native Jamison Fitt. The punishing linebacker is drawing interest from D-1 programs with hard-nosed style of play.

Ranked #2 in the nation, Snow College is sweeping aside opponents with relative ease thanks to a potent offense and a stingy defense. Smack dab in the middle of the vaunted Badger defense is Orem, Utah native Jamison Fitt. The punishing linebacker is drawing interest from D-1 programs with hard-nosed style of play.

"I'm about 6-1, 240 pounds," said Snow's middle linebacker Jamison Fitt. "I run the shuttle in about 4.4 [seconds]. That was the hand held time when we reported to Snow in the fall. My forty is a 4.6 flat. My bench, I did [225 pounds] 22 times, and we didn't test on vertical. I haven't tested in the vertical since high school, and I couldn't tell you what my squat is."

Snow has cut through opposing teams like a hot knife through butter. It started August 26th when the Badgers faced Air Force and downed the Falcon JV squad 34-0. After beating Scottsdale 28-7 and the Rhino Raiders 55-13, the Badgers tallied their second shut out of the season against Pima Junior College 61-0.

"We're having a good season," said Fitt. "It's coming along really well, and I've been having a good season. More importantly, it's how the team does, and the season so far pretty much speaks for itself. If we can keep winning and keep dominating people on defense, then it will make the team as a whole look better."

Following Snow's 48-17 defeat of New Mexico Military, the Badger defense held Glendale to 17 points in what has so far been the closest contest on the season (20-17). They rebounded the next week against Mesa Community College with a 44-6 victory. This Saturday Snow will face Scottsdale in a rematch game in Ephraim, Utah.

"Our defense is doing awesome right now," Fitt said. "I haven't seen the new statistics, but we were in the top five in the country for awhile. We dropped a little after we played Glendale and after New Mexico Military. We gave too many yards those two games, but our defense is playing really well right now."

Fitt is leading Snow's defense in many categories and is a big part of their current success.

"I just barely looked at [the stats] the coaches post weekly," Fitt said. "I'm leading the team in tackles right now and have 26 assisted tackles and 19 solo. I don't have any sacks, and then for total tackles for a loss, I think I'm at about two or three. On our team, they count those differently, so if we get a [tackle for a loss,] it doesn't count on my actual tackle chart."

Snow boasts quite a few athletes who are being scouted by Division I colleges from around the country. Quarterback Cade Cooper, who was formerly the signal caller for Timpview High School in Provo, is lighting up the scoreboards on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, former Timpanogos defensive end, 6-foot-4, 271-pound Oregon transfer, Thor Pili joins 6-foot, 309-pound Anchorage, Alaska native Junior Tea to dominate the trenches.

"Thor is doing great," said Fitt. "He's been a great contributor to our defensive line. They were good as is, but to have him come in… He's been starting for us. He was actually named the player of the game in our last game against Mesa. He's doing really well.

"Having Junior dominating on our defensive line right in front of me has made it easier for me as a linebacker to get to the ball. They usually put two or three guys on him and on some of our other D-linemen, which frees me up to make plays."

Prior to stuffing would-be running backs at Snow, Fitt played his prep football as an Orem High School Tiger.

"I just played fullback as a junior and we ran the option," said Fitt. "The coaches just used me at fullback and didn't want me to go both ways. I wanted to play linebacker, but the coaches wouldn't let me because they were afraid of injury, so as a junior I played fullback and played that the whole season."

During his senior year, Fitt was eventually moved to the defensive side of the ball, but it was not to the linebacker position as he had hoped.

"My senior year I was moved to defensive end because of my size," said Fitt. "The coaches moved me to D-line because our line was pretty small, and because of that I was kind of playing out of position, and it killed me as far as being recruited and having colleges look at me. It was tough for me and I didn't have a good year because I'm not really a defensive end. I also didn't play fullback my senior year either, so that didn't help."

Despite the disadvantages, Fitt still received letters of interest from major D-I schools.

"I got letters like some high school kids get," Fitt said. "I had talked to BYU and they invited me to walk-on, and I had talked to Coach Barry Lamb who said to me, ‘Go to Snow College and make a name for yourself, and we'll pick you up.' However, whether or not that happened was basically up to me with how well I played. It was up to me to go in and have a couple of good seasons first, but coming out of high school I had offers from Snow, Dixie and Southern Utah. I decided to go to Snow because I felt that was the best fit for me because of the type of defense they ran and the opportunity to play."

Growing up in the shadow of BYU, Fitt is a big Cougar fan and has been in touch with BYU coaches this year concerning the recruiting situation there.

"I have spoken with Coach Tidwell of BYU," Fitt said. "Rice [University] has been calling me weekly. Rice is a really smart school, but I've also heard that BYU isn't too easy either. I've talked with Coach Aikey of Washington State. I've also been receiving letters from Iowa State a lot and a couple from Oklahoma State and Utah, but I haven't actually talked with the coaches."

Despite his success in leading the Snow defense to an undefeated season so far, Fitt is still waiting on that elusive D-I scholarship offer.

"No, I haven't been offered a scholarship yet," said Fitt. "We've played three pre-season games, which is actually a lot. Our goal is to get some national recognition by getting some games under our belt in order to prepare for the season. The recognition is going well with us being ranked at number two in the nation, so I hope we can get some colleges looking this way at us."

With BYU receiving 22 early commits from athletes in California, Utah, Oregon, Hawaii and Texas, the scholarship availability for junior college transfers is very limited.

"When I talked to Coach Tidwell, he basically told me that as far as the scholarships they have open, they're very slim," said Fitt. "They explained to me the situation of the senior linebackers that are leaving and then guys coming back off of missions and high school stuff. From what I understood, there was one scholarship offer left, and it basically depends on how I play. If I have an outstanding season and finish off strong then there is a chance for me to fill that, but if not, then who knows. They've explained it to me and said it was going to be tough to fill in, but it really depends on how well I do."

With BYU holding scholarships for linebacker missionaries Matt Bauman, Grant Nelson and Jadon Wagner, who are all returning home from mission prior to next season, the scholarship crunch for that position is evident. In light of that situation, there is a possibility that Fitt will suit up as a preferred walk-on for the Cougars.

"It definitely is an option for me," Fitt said of walking on at BYU. "I would like to receive a scholarship, but I'm going to weigh that down if BYU doesn't offer me and another school does offer me with a chance to play. I would probably take that but, you know, growing up in Orem my dream was always to play for BYU. I can't say I would turn down a scholarship for a walk-on, but I guess I would have to wait and see what my offers are. I don't necessarily want to go out of state but I will if I have to."


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