'14 OLSM Ath Watts-Jackson has big night

Orchard Lake St. Mary's junior athlete Jalen Watts-Jackson starred in the upset of Detroit Cass Tech 13-6 Friday night. GBW was there to check on the rising 2014 prospect, as he talked about his performance, improvement from Summer camps, his love of the Wolverines, and more.

Watts-Jackson has big night in upset win

Orchard Lake St. Mary's junior athlete Jalen Watts-Jackson led the Eaglets with two interceptions in their upset of defending division-1 state champion Detroit Cass Tech 13-6 Friday night. He talked to GoBlueWolverine about it.

"All the hype behind it all week—focus, focus, focus, that's all we were," said Watts-Jackson, who lined up at safety in the Eaglets' upset win. "We knew that this team would be the real deal. We just had to step it up and that's what we did."

Watts-Jackson first interception came after a Eaglets (4-2) fumble early in the third quarter. Cass Tech (4-1) took the fumble to the St. Mary's 25-yard line. Then as Cass Tech sophomore quarterback Jayru Campbell threw a floating pass towards the goal line, Watts-Jackson was able to snag the interception. Watts-Jackson second interception closed out the game as the Technicians were trying a last pass on fourth down in the closing seconds.

"It makes me feel great," Watts-Jackson said on the upset victory. "Basically, I owe it all to coach. He just put us in positions. All we had to do was be athletes. All week watching film two hours a day, and it put us in position (to win.)"

At 6-foot, 170-pounds, Watts-Jackson gives a lot of credit for his impressive junior season to the camps he attended this off-season.

"I definitely went to a lot of camps, like college camps," said Watts-Jackson, who noted Purdue as one of the camps he attended. "And that taught me a lot of stuff. So working with my coach, he taught me a lot of things that I wasn't able to learn last year. Drills and ladders and all of that. It just helped me improve my game."

Currently, Watts-Jackson has no scholarship offers. He said he has received letters from Michigan and Michigan State. A self admitted Michigan fan, Watts-Jackson said he "definitely" would like an opportunity to visit Ann Arbor soon.

"Wolverines are my team," Watts-Jacson exclaimed. "Every since I was younger. I had family members go there. It's just always been my team."

But despite his love affair with the Wolverines, Watts-Jackson said he would not jump on an offer early. And he said a chance to play is one of his most important decision factors.

"I would like to do the whole process," he said. "Michigan is my team. But an offer early won't mean I will go early. I want to do the whole process and see what situation is best for me. I would just like a chance to play. People go to college all the time, but they don't get a chance to touch the field."

As for how he evaluates himself as a player, he said, "I'm not the fastest guy, but I'm a great football player. I'm just looking for a chance to play."

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