A once very stable pipeline for the University of Utah, the state of Texas has produced significantly less Utes over the past years, as the transition to the PAC 12 has seen the Utes focus recruiting efforts to other parts of the country. Even still, safeties coach Morgan Scalley consistently recruits the state of Texas as hard as he can, and on Tuesday, he and the rest of the coaching staff saw their first return on those efforts. Beaumont Central athlete Michael Jacquet committed to the Utes on Tuesday, during a small ceremony at his school, in which two of his teammates also made verbal commitments.
At 6'3-180lbs, Jacquet has a big frame and has good speed to go along with said frame, but will play a different position at Utah than he currently does at Beaumont Central, which is mainly quarterback. "The staff wants me to play cornerback or wide receiver, and I've always had it in my mind that I could play any position. I am willing to make that change in order to get on the field." The change from quarterback to either receiver or corner won't be an unfamiliar one for Jacquet though, as he said he grew up playing those positions, and may even line up in those spots this season. "I grew up an athlete, as I played mainly wideout and safety up until my freshman year in high school. I'll also be playing some wideout this season, but I'm not sure if I'll be playing any defense."
Utah first offered Jacquet back in May, and thus started the relationship between he and safeties coach Morgan Scalley. That relationship ended up being the key factor in Jacquet's commitment to Utah. "Coach Scalley made me feel as if I was talking to a family member. His personality is upbeat, and he seems like the type of coach that would be able to fire me up before a game, and I really like to be fired up." Jaqcuet also raved about the University as whole, as well as Salt Lake City. "The academic program at Utah is a huge success right now, and I really like their engineering program. I also think the environment is amazing, even though it's cold up there and I'm from a place where it's hot all the time."
With a commitment now out of the way, Jacquet will focus on his upcoming season with Beaumont Central High School, and has his eyes set on winning a state championship.
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