Jeune is a playmaker in the secondary

It's always nice to hear about a family fighting against long odds to come to the country to realize the American Dream. Moorpark S Wiston Jeune (6-4, 204) is a playmaker and a young man who came to the country only eight years ago. spoke to the young man from Haiti and he talked about his school, his season and what may lie ahead for him down the road…

"I want to play D-1 that's for sure," Jeune said emphatically. "I think I can play at the next level and I love to play this game. It's a lot of fun and something I'm good at."

Jeune grew up in Haiti and emigrated to the U.S. with his father in 1999. He began playing football in 2001 once he arrived at Malden High School and immediately became a player the coaches wanted to get onto the field.

"The coaches said I was a good athlete," Jeune said. "They said I had a lot of work to do, but that I was very good and that I just needed to get experience."

After playing four years for Malden, Jeune needed to attend a post high school academy in New Hampshire, but because he needed financial aid to attend he wasn't allowed to play football and that didn't sit to well with him.

"I wanted to play football and they said I couldn't so I said ‘I'm not going here'," Jeune said. "I started looking around and my head coach and athletic director from high school both knew some coaches out here so they called up some and I was originally scheduled to go to Allan Hancock, but I wanted to play receiver and they weren't going to let me have that chance so I came to Moorpark, but I ended up on defense anyway."

It's turned out to be a good fit for Jeune. So far in 2007, Juene has posted 52 tackles and three interceptions.

"My coaches said I've got a good future at safety and I'm having a lot of fun playing the position and making plays," Jeune said. "I feel like I can keep getting better because I really haven't been playing that long so I'm still sort of learning the game right now."

Jeune's physical numbers are outstanding. He runs the 40 in 4.51 seconds and he has a 36-inch vertical leap. Because he only started working out this past summer his lifting numbers don't stand out, but he still managed to put up 225 pounds nine times and schools have taken note of what he has to offer.

"Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah State, Kansas State, Wyoming and Utah have all called me," Jeune said. "They all said they like my speed and size and that they will be watching me over the next few weeks.

"I'm trying to get my highlight tape ready to send out and when I do that, my coaches think I will have a chance to get some offers." Jeune expects to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to track Jeune's progress as the season winds down.

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