Name: Ahmad Jaradat
Hometown: London, Ontario
High School: Catholic Central High
Position: Offensive Line
Notes: Some consider Ahmad Jaradat to be the top prep offensive lineman in Canada. He helped lead his team to a 6-3 record, playing tackle, tight end, and defensive lineman for Catholic Central.
Jaradat won the Jim Allen Award as the the top lineman in the Thames Valley region Athletic Association, and he was rated the No. 1 college prospect in Ontario by All-Canada Gridiron.
Born in Kuwait, Jaradat and his family moved to Canada at the start of the Persian Gulf War. Jaradat hails from one of the top prep programs in Canada, but American Universities normally don't scout the region and he almost went overlooked. NC State recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie spotted him and laid the foundation for Jaradat's commitment. He considered Iowa, UCONN, and Colorado before verbaling to NC State while in Raleigh for his official visit.
"Markus Kuhn hosted me and they called us 'international' for the weekend," said Jaradat. "The I spent quite a bit of time with the coaching staff. Their knowledge of the game is just unreal. I was with coach Horton (NC State offensive line coach Don Horton) for an hour and a half. We just watched tape together and his knowledge of the game is just unreal. The amount of players he's sent to the NFL is just astonishing. Definitely his track record speaks volumes."
Jaradat can play any position along the offensive line, but he is expected to play center at NC State.
Scouting Report: "One of the real sleepers in the class of 2008 for NC State was Canada-native Ahmad Jaradat.
"At 6-4, 290 pounds he has good size for a center and shows remarkably quick feet on film. While there will be a huge jump up in the level of competition, Jaradat has the physical skills to compete for a spot along the offensive line.
"He is still raw and learning the position but enrolling this past January will give him a definite head start on next season. With his flexibility, frame and quickness, we feel Jaradat could emerge as an early contributor for the Pack if he's able to adjust to the talent level in college." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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