Jack Will Take Some Trips

The Bellevue (Wash.) linebacker and UCLA commit, Myles Jack, will take some official visits...

Bellevue (Wash.) outside linebacker Myles Jack (6-3, 220), has been arguably the top player in the Northwest this season.

Not just the top defensive prospect, but the top player, on either side of the ball.

The four-star was recently added to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, something Jack was thrilled with.

"It's just an honor," said Jack. "Growing up, I always watched the game, and now I get to play in that game, on TV, and to know the whole community will be watching, my family back in Georgia and down South. You see all the bowl games, growing up, and now you get to play with the guys from the East, the South, the Texas, you see all the great players and now you get to play with them. This will really be the beginning of my college career."

Jack committed to UCLA right before summer. But schools haven't stopped pursuing him and he plans to take a few official visits, with one already being scheduled.

"I'm going down to Mississippi State on January 25th, and that is the only one I have officially set," said Jack. "And I know I'm going to take one to Utah, because I told the coaches I would. And then one to UCLA of course, I talked with the coaches about when we want to set that up. I'm sure I'm probably going to take on to Washington. And then I have to see from there. If any other new schools come along, I want to save one for them. But those are the only ones I have for sure."

Jack said nothing has changed with his commitment to UCLA, although the official visits could end up having a big impact in his final choice.

"Oh I'm definitely still committed to UCLA, but I just want to take my officials," said Jack. "The officials are probably the biggest deal for me. Getting to spend two days on the campus. You can take an unofficial, and see the campus, but not really see everything you need. But I feel the official will give you that experience, being on that campus, getting all of your questions answered."

In the meantime, Jack has pushed recruiting to the back, his main focus being the Wolverines' aim for a fifth straight 3A state title, and a potential push for a national championship.

Bellevue is ranked #5 in the FOX Sports NEXT Top 50, and is ranked in the top five in just about every relevant high school poll.

On Friday night, Bellevue beat Gig Harbor (Wash.) Peninsula, 40-3, a late field goal by Peninsula the only blemish on the night.

But Jack and his team weren't happy with the 37-point quarterfinal win.

"Our defensive effort was still unacceptable," said Jack. "Our defensive practice all week wasn't up to tempo. They had their will on the first drive. Next week, it's all defense. This is a serious time. Now we need to get focused this week. The Tacoma Dome is always big for us, but we can't get lethargic, we have to bring it week in and week out. It's warm and won't be raining or anything so we have no excuses."

The Wolverines will face Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si in the 3A state semifinals on Friday night at the Tacoma Dome.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout.com Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout.com network since 2003.
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