Jamaal Charles: 'I want to become a 5-star'

Port Arthur Memorial tailback <b>Jamaal Charles</b> raps with TheInsiders.com about his commitment to UT and talks about his work ethic and more in this candid report...

"It just happened," Jamaal Charles said of his Wednesday verbal to Texas. "All of a sudden I picked up the phone and called Coach (Mike) Haywood. He talked with me for a little while and then said, 'Hold on. I know what you want and let me get you Mack Brown's number.' So, I called Coach Brown and he congratulated me, said I made a great decision and said he was excited. Then, he talked with my family also."

One very important issue regarding the 6-0, 187-pounder's criteria for picking the Longhorns was the opportunity to also compete in track.

"Texas said I could do both football and track. I would like to run the 110 hurdles, the 400 hurdles and make the 4x400 relay team."

"I want to do everything possible to play as a true freshman," added Charles. "I know if I continue to work hard, I have a good shot to grab some early playing time."

The kid could meet those lofty track and gridiron goals given his very apparent desire to do his best as well as the same desire to put in the necessary hard work.

Example: When we mentioned his impressive football attributes as seen on game film -- including his ability to go-the-distance on any given play and his uncanny patience, allowing his blocks to develop before hitting the gas pedal -- Charles said: "It's nice to hear the areas you guys think I'm good at, but I have a really good work ethic and you will see me working very hard on the things I need to improve in this year. I want to become a 5-star and I know I can. So watch me this season."

High school head man Dean Colbert confirms Charles' excellent work habits not only on the practice field but also in the weight room. Rest assured, the Port Arthur Memorial ballcarrier is not understating his case one bit when mentioning he has the blue-collar work ethic needed to make strides in his overall game.

As for his recent surgery, Charles said that his shoulder simply nagged him more and more and it was time to do something about it.

"It already feels stronger," Charles shared. "It feels real good now. I will go see the doctor August 13th. And the doctor expects that I will be cleared to play then."

The fact that this kid could become even more effective must be scary for opposing defensive coordinators, especially with a very capable QB in Donovan Porterie and two OL studs (Justin Washington (who is committed to UH) and Quinton Williams (who is drawing considerable D-I interest) anchoring the offensive line. Considering Charles' stellar junior season, when he surpassed the 2,000-yard season milestone all high school 'backs would love to add to their resume, I'm sure Memorial fans are already getting goose bumps.

The Longhorn Nation and Greater Houston Area wish only the best and a complete recovery for Charles. And many Texas High School football observers can't wait to see what kind of fireworks the Texas Hot 100 No. 19's final prep season will bring.

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