Jahmel Rover Returns for Chaffey College

When you talk about running backs who can do it all, Chaffey RB Jahmel Rover (5-9, 210) is at the top of the list. So accomplished as a running back, that even though he missed the 2008 season, he was named to the JC Gridwire Preseason All-American team as one of the top JUCO players in the country. Humbled, he told JCFootball.com recently that he'll show everyone what he can do very soon...

Jahmel enjoyed a standout prep career at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, Ca. and though he was short some core credits, San Jose State worked with him and helped get him qualified to play D-1 football. However, things didn't work out with the Spartans and Rover ended up at Chaffey where he excelled as a freshman in 2007.

"I had a choice to make and Chaffey was just the best school I could have gone too," Rover told JCFootball.com. "I want to move on to bigger and better things, but Chaffey is the place that will help me get there because we have great coaches and a great scheme that I feel really has helped me progress as a person and as a football player."

In 2007, Rover posted over 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns while earning All-Conference honors and he had hoped to build on that with a huge sophomore campaign in 2008. However a knee injury that required surgery caused him to delay that big season by a year.

"I had to make a decision and I felt getting the situation taken care of is what was best," Rover said. "I could have played with it and then gotten the surgery after the season, but that would have hurt me in moving on to a four-year school, so I decided to redshirt last year and to come back this year and be ready to go and 100% healthy."

Rover has progressed nicely since the surgery, taking part in all of the Panthers' offseason workouts as well as spring and fall camp.

"I'm good to go and ready to show what I can do," Rover said. "Because of my size and vision, I can run between the tackles, but I ran a 4.42 this spring, so I have enough speed to get outside and hurt teams on the edge too.

"I'm physical, I like to hit, but I can be elusive and make guys miss as well. Basically, whatever role a team needs me to play for them, I can do it."

On the recruiting front, Rover is from two Big 12 schools the most, but he's also hearing from schools like Cal, Arizona, Iowa and TCU as well.

"Kansas and Colorado have been the two schools that have been showing me the most interest," Rover said. "They both told me they will be watching my first few games to make sure I'm back and then they will make a decision on me. I'm fine with that. I just want to go out and do what I can do and then I think things will take care of themselves."

Because he's so focused on his academics, Rover said that will play a big role in where he ultimately ends up signing.

"I want to go into nursing, so I'll be looking at the program at the schools that are recruiting me," Rover said. "I also will look at what type of offense a team runs because I really like the one-back offense and then it will come down to the coaches and the players and if I fit in well."

Rover is on pace to finish his AA in December and he'll have two years to play two following the season, but he also plans to petition the NCAA to get his redshirt season back and that may result in him having three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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