Jankowski mum on offers, favorites

Versatile Arrowhead athlete, one of the top prospects in Wisconsin, is quiet on offer details

Jason Jankowski, a 6-foot-4, 249-pound class of 2006 prospect at Arrowhead High School (Hartland, Wis.), received phone calls from an impressive list of Division I programs during the month of May. And he has come out of the spring evaluation period with some scholarship offers. But at the behest of Arrowhead coach Tom Taraska, Jankowski is holding the particulars of those offers close to the vest.

"Coach Taraska wants me to keep an even head," Jankowski said in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

"I'm not at liberty to discuss who's in the top (whatever number) just for the fact that Coach Taraska wants me to just have them keep coming in so that I can keep my options open," Jankowski said.

However, Jankowski did provide a list of the schools that called him in May: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Florida State," he said.

Jankowski played linebacker and defensive end for Arrowhead last season. Most schools are recruiting him to play either defensive end or middle linebacker in college, but Michigan told him that in addition to those positions, they would like to try him out at fullback and tight end. Wisconsin has talked to Jankowski about tight end, as well as defensive end or linebacker.

Jankowski, who is working with two speed training programs, was recently laser-timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, he said.

"There aren't that many of that kind of guys out there that can move around at [his] kind of body," Taraska said in a telephone interview last month.

Taraska and Jankowski said that they planned to meet early this month to discuss Jankowksi's options in detail.

"We've obviously discussed that numerous times," Jankowski said. "And he just thinks that right now I need to keep it on the down low until I'm ready to commit."

Said Taraska: "Normally, what I ask the kids to do is wait until we get to the first week of June and then what we do… is we sit down and we talk to these kids about where they want to go to camps, what [scholarships] they have up and where their interest is. Until then historically what I let them do is let all the schools make their phone calls to them… and then we (discuss their options)… That's pretty much been standard procedure at Arrowhead for 20 years… So I kind of tell them and the parents that once we get to the first week of June then what we'll do is we'll sit down and see if they are interested, where you want to go and what you want to do. And as far as what camps you want, what schools he's really interested in."

Jankowski said his camp plans are still up in the air.

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