One of the five athletes at Tampa Bay Jefferson High School with a Wisconsin offer on the table is Jamesley Jean, a 6-5, 225-pound tight end. The Badgers are one of four programs to offer Jean a scholarship, along with Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State.
But Ohio State is the only one of those schools to make Jean's current top five. The other four schools in his current favorites are Auburn, LSU, Florida and Miami. Jean hopes to earn scholarships from his other favorites, but feels a sup-par 40-time at the NIKE Camp in Miami this summer hurt his chances.
"I was disappointed because I ran a slow 40. I ran a 4.7," Jean said. "Most people say that's great, but I usually run a 4.53. I was hoping that speed would show up at the Nike Camp but it didn't."
Jean is still raw on the football field, having never played the sport until two years ago. He said he's still learning the ins and outs of the game, but he's worked extra hard in the offseason to catch up with his teammates, which include other top national prospects.
Jean said distance is not a factor at all in his decision, but academics will play a major role. He wants to study to become a pediatrician. The No. 1 factor for football programs is how often they throw to the tight end.
He has very lofty goals for himself down the road.
"I'm want to stand out in college, because I'm working on trying to make it to the pros," Jean said. "Everybody has that dream…I say, if I set my goals high enough, then I will stand out. What is the highest trophy you can get in college, the Heisman? Well my position, tight end, is not really for a Heisman. But if I aim for a Heisman, then I can play at a higher level and probably stand out in a league as a tight end. I want people to say `Wow, he can catch, he can block, he can run.'"
Jean said he doesn't expect to make his decision until sometime after his senior season ends, as he hopes some more offers will roll in.
Tampa Bay TE Jamesley Jean lists top five
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