When it comes to recruiting for the Class of 2008 perhaps the deepest position is the linebacker position and one of the very best is Jon Major from Parker (Co.) Ponderosa High School. Major, 6-4 and 225 pounds, is the No. 1 rated strong side linebacker in the nation and the No. 2 rated linebacker overall, behind Arthur Brown (Wichita, Ks.). He is currently sitting on almost three dozen written offers and that number gets larger almost by the day.
“I am keeping all my option open,” said Major. “Right now I have 33 (written) offers. I want to narrow things down by the end of the summer. I will be proactive this summer and go out and visit some schools so I hope to have things (top five) set by the end of July. Nothing is final about where I am going and the schools I will see. I will play everything by ear.”
As you can tell Major is keeping things close to the vest. And why not? This talented defensive standout is one of the nation’s most sought after players. While he maintains that lofty status, he has also maintained a healthy 3.7 GPA (24 ACT), with his final final exam on Wednesday.
“It (recruiting) can get busy, especially at times like this. I try and keep my priorities in check. Times can get rough but you have to make parameters. I have learned it’s important to keep the (recruiting) process in control and not let it get out of hand. I have gotten some good advice from my parents and coaches.”
So with his senior season on the horizon, his grades in check and schools to be seen for some (unofficial) visits this summer, Major has everything coming together according to his plan. Now, he just needs to figure out where he wants to attend college.
“I am talking with all the coaches and I am looking at all their situations. I want to see how I fit in and see if there is a connection with these coaches. Scheme doesn’t matter and I am willing to learn any system and I think I can fit in anywhere.”
Major projects as a strong side linebacker or possibly a middle linebacker at the next level. He has great size and good speed. Major can move very well both north-south and side to side. He is cat quick playing inside out. Major reads and reacts as quick as anyone you will see among his peers. He is a ferocious hitter who plays with passion, aggressiveness and is relentless on the field. Major can shed blockers and get to the ball. He fills the hole and punishes the opposition, whether it’s the ball carrier or blocker. Major shows good vision, agility and instincts for the linebacker position. Overall, he is an outstanding physical linebacker prospect that can make plays all over the field.
“I think I will probably end up playing middle linebacker. I have played that position since I was eight years old. I am physical out there and I know that is a huge part of the game. You need to show them who is the boss out there and I use that to my advantage. I think I also have great instincts for the position, for the game.”