Okla. ATH Closing in on UNC Offer

By attending North Carolina's two-day camp late last week, Jarrett Lake is on the verge of receiving a UNC scholarship offer.

"They basically offered," Lake said. "They said they will send me my official letter once I send them my film. I'm in the process of sending them my film on Thursday or Friday."

The camping circuit has been fruitful for Lake, a 6-foot, 200-pound athlete from Jenks (Okla.). He has added scholarship offers from Arkansas and Oklahoma after camping at both schools. Additionally, following his performance at Oklahoma State's camp, the Cowboys' coaching staff is considering offering.

In addition to the aforementioned schools, Lake has collected scholarship offers from Texas Christian, Tulsa, UNLV, and Wyoming.

UNC's camp was the only camp that Lake attended outside of the Central Time Zone.

"I'm originally from North Carolina and my father is a real close friend with John Blake, so those are the reasons that made me come out there," Lake said.

Blake recruited Lake's older brother, Phillip Dillard, to Nebraska. When Blake recruited Lake's teammate Gabe Lynn last year, Lake and his father reunited with Blake.

At Jenks, Lake is, as he describes, a "Percy Harvin-type player." Predominately, he lines up at wide receiver, but he'll line up in the backfield at running back and even takes the snap in the "Wildcat" formation.

However, Lake has worked out at linebacker at every camp he has attended, including UNC's last week.

"[UNC's camp] was about my fourth [camp] playing linebacker, so I felt somewhat comfortable playing linebacker," Lake said.

With the exception of Tulsa, UNLV, and Wyoming, Lake is being recruited as a linebacker. He prefers to play on offense, but understands he might have the greatest potential at linebacker.

"I have to look at the whole picture – what's going to be the best fit for me and what's going to take me beyond college football and into the next level," Lake said. "If it's linebacker that's going to take me farther, then that's what I should play."

Working out at linebacker gave Lake a chance to practice under the guidance of Art Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach.

"He's actually a very good coach," Lake said. "He teaches you technique that will get you through colleges and get you to the next level. I thought he was a really good coach. I liked him as a person, as well."

During his UNC stay, Lake received the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Blake, Kaufman, and Butch Davis.

"The message basically was if you come here you're definitely going to be able to compete," Lake said. "They said they look for guys they know they can develop to help get to the next level… They said they are looking for players like me that are willing to make the program better and then move on to the next level."

The trio of coaches also offered Lake a critique of what they saw of him in camp.

"They loved the fact that I was able to move so well," Lake said. "They like that I bring so much speed to the linebacker position – I run a 10.6[-second time] in the 100 [meter dash]. They love the fact that I play so physical and I work so hard."

In addition to the 100, Lake runs the 200 meter dash and 4x100 relay. His best time in the 200 is 21.9 seconds.

Lake hasn't begun to establish a list of favorite schools.

"I've been waiting until after the summer to see where I'm at with how many schools have offered me," Lake said. "Then after the summer will be when I'll make my decision on where I'm going to go or when I'm going to commit."

Lake foresees taking all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.

UNC is in good position to land one of Lake's officials.

"Their program is turning around," Lake said. "Coach Davis, Coach Blake, they have a wonderful mindset on what they want to do with that school. With the players that they are bringing in and surrounding themselves with I believe they will get the job done. I have a really good feeling about UNC."

Having Blake on staff also helps UNC's chances.

"I wouldn't actually call it an advantage, but I do have a closer relationship with Coach Blake than any other coach at any other school," Lake said. "That is somewhat of an advantage, but that doesn't mean that's where I'm going to go."

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