The ‘Mystery Man'

Jarrett Lake was one of the more talented players on a rock solid Jenks squad that advanced to the State Finals in 2008. Despite playing for one of the state's powerhouse programs he is still flying under the national recruiting radar.

Jarrett Lake, a 6-foot-0, 200-pound athlete is one of the most talented players in the sate of Oklahoma and will play a key role for the Jenks Trojans in '09 as the school will be looking to get back on the top of the 6A pile, but he is still flying low on the recruiting scene despite hearing from some of the nation's heavy hitters.

"I have been talking to some of the coaches. Next week is OU's spring game and I am going to be going to that," Lake explained when asked about the schools that were showing the most interest.

"I have also been talking to Missouri. I have been to OSU (Oklahoma State) a couple of times and I just went to their junior day. Kansas State, Ohio State, [Oregon and Texas Tech] and that is really it right now. Ohio State has been sending me a lot of stuff. They want me to come to one of their camps up there."

Lake is excited to visit Norman for the Spring Game on April, 11.

"I am excited to basically see all that they have to offer," said Lake. "[I want to] see what the depth is looking like and to see what positions that they have open for my class that is going to be coming in and what position they need me to play.

"Some coaches are looking at me to play outside linebacker and some of course are looking at me to play wide receiver. I am jut looking to see what they have to offer."

Lake is no stranger to the OU campus as he visited with Sooner cornerback signee Gabe Lynn a few times last season.

"I thought it was really nice," Lake confirmed. "It just seemed like the whole environment that they have there is really nice. Plus they have a great tradition of football there and I really just feel like it is a good school to go to. They are down pat with their strength and conditioning part.

"The hype and the whole environment before and after the game is really amazing."

Lake says he could play offense or defense on the next level, but it may depend on how his body develops, because he does not expect to get a whole lot of time in on the defensive side of the ball.

"I believe it is like that," responded Lake when asked if his future position will be determined by his growth.

"Because this year I do not see how I am going to get a lot of time at linebacker or on defense this year. They want to use me a lot on offense out of the slot like they used Tramaine Thompson last year. They are going to use me a lot like they used him."

Jenks has been updating their entire film system this off-season, so many of the highlight tapes have not yet been released, and Lake believes that is one of the reasons he has not yet received an offer and why he could still be flying under the recruiting radar.

I really don't think a lot of coaches know about me. A lot of people even around Jenks say that I am the real mystery man or whatever. When everybody sees me play and they see that I can get the job done [then I will be on the radar]. I just don't think a lot of coaches know about me and they have not got the chance to look at my film yet.

As a junior, Lake helped the Trojans advance to the State Finals by hauling in around 20 passes for over 500 yards and five touchdowns.

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