Tyreece Jacks Another '06 Top Back To Watch

The City College of San Francisco Rams had a secret weapon last year -- freshman Tyreece Jacks. With 8 touchdowns and almost 1,000 yards rushing, Jacks was the featured back for a team that perennially sends talented graduates to Division 1 programs.

But after last season, Jacks isn't a secret anymore.

"Defenses will be looking for me, but this offense has a lot of talent. We're going to be very good this year," Jacks said. "I can't wait for the first game."

After running amok at Woodside High School during his senior year where he racked up over 30 touchdowns and 2,000 yards rushing, Jacks received recruiting letters from top notch universities like UCLA and Tennessee. But he struggled with the SAT's and ended up at CCSF to work on his grades and his game. Since then, he has continued to excel on the field while devoting more time and energy in the classroom. 

"I haven't settled on a major yet, but my GPA is 2.7," he said. "I'm working hard to maintain my grades." 

After this season, Jacks will have 3 years to play 2 and has received letters from LSU, Cal, BYU, and the University of Washington. Like virtually every running back in the state of California, he'd love to end up at USC. But the truth be told, he's tired of hot weather. "I'd love to play at Minnesota," he said. "I think it would be perfect for me."

Coach Glen Mason are you listening? A potential Golden Gopher is calling from the Golden Gate Bridge.  

At 5'10 and 175 in high school, Jacks was diminutive even for a running back. It's no wonder his biggest influence is Barry Sanders. Since matriculating at CCSF, he has gained 20 pounds of pure muscle and still maintains his 4.4 speed in the 40. He also benches 395.

According to head coach George Rush, "…he's packed on muscle and looks good."

Jacks loves catching passes out of the backfield, and his favorite move on blitzing linebackers is the cut block. "That way I use size to my advantage." And his favorite play? "My favorite play is the pitch. I get to utilize my speed and power."

If Jacks realizes his dream of playing anywhere that's not hot, there is one downside. His inspiration and biggest fans, his mom and grandparents, won't be able to see him play. "They come to every game," he said. "They're my rocks. But I know they will always support me in spirit, whether they're at the games or not."


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