Jamesley Jean was one of those players that didn't announce his college decision until almost signing day. After taking visits in January, he sat down with his parents to discuss his options.
"It was a very hard decision. It came down to NC State and Auburn. I could see myself at either school. I talked with my parents and we came to an agreement and it came up NC State. It was a better move for me. I like that region up there. I also have family there now. I have a cousin that lives 30 minutes from Raleigh."
NC State landed an aggressive Tight End with big-play capabilities, and that had to have been good news for Tight Ends Coach Curt Cignetti, who lost Sean Berton and Joe Gray to graduation.
According to LeRue Rumph, who played against Jamesley, he talked non-stop before, during and even after the games they played. I asked Jean about that reputation.
"I talk a lot. That's just part of the game. But being able to back it up is the hard work."
Jamesley has indeed backed up his talk with outstanding play. He was the anchor on the end of a potent offensive line for powerful Jefferson High School who finished with a 13-2 record, and set a record for the most wins as well as advancing further than any Jefferson team in history. Jean was also tabbed to play in the Florida-California bowl game where he snagged one side-line pass for 12 yards.
Jamesley also got to know fellow NC State signee Jimmy Sutton at the bowl game.
"Jimmy is my boy. He is a cool dude. We just chilled out there. It was a receiver/tight end type of a relationship. I didn't know where he would go to school when we were together. He was undecided at the time."
The future NC State tight end also knows LeRue Rumph, who he plans on rooming with this summer.
"LeRue is my boy too! I have talked to him a couple of times, and he and I are suppose to room together."
Both Jean and Rumph are scheduled to arrive in Raleigh after the July 4th holiday.
According to Jamesley, he will be a full qualifier. "I have all my grades and I have a qualifying SAT score. I have been working out, trying to get ready to go up there (Raleigh)."
The work-out schedule is from the NC State coaching staff, and it is stringent according to Jean.
"I work a lot on my agility. I run the ropes and that helps my balance. I can see I will be doing a lot of running too. It's in my program they sent me. That and drills that help my quickness."
Jamesley did not start playing football until the 9th grade. Since then he became one of the top tight end prospects in America, and is a key part of what many feel is NC State's best recruiting class ever.