Jamison focusing on strength training

Defensive line prospect is foregoing basketball season this year due to the recruiting process

Here is a sight for the mind's eye: A 250-pound defensive lineman patrolling the outfield, racing after line drives.

That is Terrance Jamison, a 3-star defensive end prospect from Thornton Township High School (Harvey, Ill.). Jamison was a 3-sport athlete at Thornton until this year, when he gave up basketball to focus on the recruiting process and lifting weights, gaining strength for the next stop in his athletics career: the University of Wisconsin.

Jamison, however, still plans to play baseball this spring, serving as a first baseman, third baseman, pitcher and outfielder. He said he batted over .300 and played well in the field last year but struggled as a power pitcher.

As for his favorite position: "I like outfield," Jamison said. "I get to run all over the place."

How many 250-pound defensive linemen like to run all over the place? Bear in mind that as a junior at Thornton, Jamison was a highly touted center on the football field and some considered him a prospect as an offensive lineman as well.

Jamison's speed, however, is one of his greatest attributes. He stands 6-foot-4 ½, 250 pounds but runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. Chasing after quarterbacks was his forte last fall, when he tallied 25 tackles for loss, including 15 sacks.

A forward on the Thornton basketball team last year, Jamison decided to forego the hard court this winter.

"I couldn't really do it this year because of recruiting," he said.

In the meantime, Jamison has focused on lifting weights and has gained 15-20 pounds since football season ended. He is also rebuilding his bench press and overall strength back towards end-of-summer levels. The Wildcats do not lift during the football season so Jamison watched his bench press drop from 275 to 225 by season's end. He is currently benching 250.

"I'm just building it back up now," he said.

Jamison, who committed to Wisconsin in mid-December, was recruited by former Badger tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello, who recently took a job as receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame.

"It kind of surprised me because he was talking to me about stability at Wisconsin but the thing is he wasn't let go, he decided to leave," Jamison said. "That was different. Basically I was kind of cool with it, though. I think it would have been better if he would have stayed but I'll just have to deal with it."

Jamison said he never second guessed his decision. Since Ianello's departure Jamison's recruiting contact at UW has been his future position coach, defensive line coach John Palermo.

"He's a good guy," Jamison said. "He's been a good guy since the first time I met him. He's the type of coach I want coaching me."

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