Triplett Returns from Top Prospect Camp

Jarett Triplett, the hard-charging athlete (RB/DT) from Ouachita (La.) HS, traveled from Monroe, Louisiana, to the University of Oklahoma last weekend for the National Underclassmen Combine Top Prospect Camp. How did he perform?

Jarett Triplett is not your typical prospect who is listed as an athlete. He's not a QB in high school who projects as a WR or DB in college.

No, he's actually a 5-foot-8, 205-pound defensive tackle whose most natural position is running back.

All summer long, Triplett dominated the testing at camps and combines, repeatedly running in the 4.48 to 4.51 range. In addition, he was often the strongest man at each event, benching 185 pounds for around 30 times at every competition. On top of that, his vertical has been measured at 40 inches.

In other words, he's a short, thick, extremely powerful and fast RB who happens to make his living at defensive tackle for the Ouachita Lions.

And while Triplett loves playing nose tackle for head coach John Carr, he realizes that his future may lie on the offensive line of the ball - as a power back.

Thus, Triplett went to the NUC events this summer as a RB, and he did well.

After showing out at the Lafayette NUC, Triplett took his talents to the Ultimate 100 in Duncanville, Texas, and from there, he advanced to the Top Prospect Camp, which was held last weekend in Oklahoma.

"We mostly did drills for day one at the Top Prospect Camp," said Triplett. "At the end of the day, we did some 7-on-7. I knew most of the other running backs, because they were from the Southwest.

"I caught some deep passes on some good linebackers. It was hot out there, too. It was 109 degrees overall, 124 degrees on the turf."

It was well worth the trip, according to Triplett.

"It was worth it, getting to face all that good competition," he said. "I ran my routes as best I could, and the work we put in helped me with my cuts and ball-handling. I also got to work on my hands, because I'm best at taking the football between the tackles. Pass-catching isn't the strongest area of my game, off the top.

"I hope I'll get invited to play in the NUC All-World game."

Now, Triplett turns his attention to the upcoming season, which is right around the corner.

"Monday, we start fall camp and then we play Bastrop (and four-star DE Denzel Devall) in the jamboree," he said. "I'm ready for the Neville game (week three). This will be my last time playing against some friends I grew up with: (LB) Ricky Wyatt, (QB) John Diarse and Brandon Walker."

Two weeks later, the Lions have an intensive three weeks where they'll challege Evangel Christian (2A state champ), Ruston (5A playoff team) and West Monroe (5A state runner-up).

"Evangel lines up their quarterback very deep behind the line of scrimmage, so I'll be chasing him (at DT)," said Triplett. "Ruston, talent-wise, is very good.

"West Monroe lost two special players in Paul Turner (LSU) and Tyler Cain (ULM), but they have two good defensive ends returning: James McFarland and Terrell Lathan.

"They also have a hard-hitting powerlifter at linebacker in Jacob Tyson (6-0, 220). Their running back, Bubba Reeves, met up with me at the goal-line last year and I stopped him cold. I have to give it to him, though, because he's a hard runner. I'm going to be keying on him."

Scout's Take: You might not see Triplett run the ball much this season, but his primary position in college could likely be RB. His combination of speed, strength and athleticism (huge vertical and broad jump) is freakish.

At any rate. Triplett will be a tough obstacle at DT this year. He's so fast, stout and built low to the ground, that he'll probably blow up numerous plays behind the line of scrimmage.

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