Roseville (Calif.) tight end Jimmy Jaggers is as dedicated to his craft as any player on the off season passing circuit.
While many players travel with their teams all over the country to play in occasional tournaments, Jaggers travels all the way from north of Sacramento to Southern California every week just to play for B2G Five Star.
His dedication has paid off with scholarship offers from the likes of Tennessee, Michigan, Utah, Arizona State, Boston College, Washington and UCLA.
Jaggers latest scholarship offer came from USC.
“The USC scholarship offer was definitely a process,” said Jaggers. “I worked out with Coach (Clay) Helton last summer when Coach Sark was still there.
“He liked me a lot and I like USC a lot, so we’ve been in contact since then. We got on the phone last Thursday and he extended the offer. It was a good was to have too.
“Hometown school, kind of. It’s only my second offer from the California schools, so it’s nice to have more options close to home. And obviously, it’s nice to have an offer from a school like USC with a big time tradition.”
Jaggers is one of the few tight ends participating in the seven-on-seven circuit. However, while he is one of the bigger players at any given tournament, he is also one of team B2G Sports most vital.
That mirrors the Trojans offense, which still uses the tight end position and 11 personnel packages.
“The coaches at USC told me they’re taking two tight ends for sure,” said Jaggers. “They said that tight end is a big need. I’m going down there the practice before the spring game and talk more about where I fit in with them.”
Having attended Trojans Rising Stars Camp, Jaggers has seen more to USC than the practice fields. Touring the campus and speaking with the school’s department heads last summer, Jaggers sees USC as a fit beyond football.
“It’s a big private school and it means a lot to have a USC degree,” said Jaggers. “I feel comfortable there and like it. The whole football, academic collaboration is something I like about USC.”
Jaggers is now looking to begin to narrow down his college choices to a manageable number. That will come on the heels of some unofficial visits to the Midwest.
“I need to get out a try to see some of these schools so I can check everything to make sure I have done my research,” said Jaggers. “I’ll be graduating early, so I’ll obviously have a decision before signing day.
“I’d like to commit as early as possible, but I have to find the right school. I have to take some trips to make sure I feel comfortable with my choice.”