Wadood Lives Up to Hype in Opener

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior athlete Jaleel Wadood had an impressive opener in what his first varsity game playing for the Braves...

Jaleel Wadood is one of the most versatile players in the state and lined up all over the field against Compton (Calif.) Dominguez. His primary position for the Braves will be safety but he'll likely move to corner in college.

Wadood also saw a lot of time at running back and is the teams primary punt returner. He is a dynamic player with great football instincts. Defensively, he covers a ton of ground and is always around the ball. The athlete doesn't have great size, hence the likely move to corner in college, but he plays big and isn't afraid to come up and deliver a blow in run support.

He showed very good quickness and power running the ball and returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown. He also had a long touchdown reception called back due to a penalty.

"I was a little nervous before the game," Wadood said. "This was my first game at Bosco so I wanted to make a good impression. I thought I could have been a little more active on defense but overall I felt pretty good about the game and happy we came out with a big win."

On the recruiting front, Wadood said things remain status quo for him.

"Nothing has really changed," Wadood said. "I have offers from Oregon State and Arizona State and I'm hearing a lot from USC, UCLA, and Colorado. Right now, I'm open to everyone since it's so early. Location is important and it would be nice to stay close to home but I'm not going to be closing any doors to anyone."

Wadood played for Lakewood (Calif.) last season and the Braves will host the Lancers this weekend.

"I'm definitely motivated," Wadood said. "There were some hard feelings when I left and I know it's going to be a physical game. I'm ready to go though and can't wait for game day."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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