Palomar's Jared Bamber is an All-American

When a player with the talent of Palomar TE Jared Bamber (6-4, 249) is on your roster, you do what you can to get him the ball. That's the plan for the Comets this fall, but with a roster as loaded with talent as they have, touches could be tough to come by however that didn't stop JC Gridwire from naming the talented tight end as a second team preseason All-American this past week...

Bamber was a big-time athlete at Chaparral High School in Temecula, Ca. and he was a fully qualified athlete following his senior season, but because he played wide receiver and linebacker he was very lightly recruited.

Enter Palomar and what Bamber said was the best situation out there for him.

"Palomar was a perfect fit for me," Bamber told "I love it here. The coaches are great, we have a loaded team and I think we can do something special this fall and I know I am getting coached up enough to really have a chance to play at the next level."

He wasn't used much in 2008, catching only two passes while being used mainly as a blocker, but that didn't stop JC Gridwire from naming him to their Preseason All-American Team.

"That's such an honor, I don't really know what to say," Bamber said. "I know I won't rest on it though. That kind of stuff makes me work harder.

"We had some issues throwing the ball last year, but this year we should be fine. I can stretch the field with my speed (4.7) and I have good strength so I can get off the jam or I can down block and seal the edge.

"This summer I worked on my route-running and just catching the ball better. I feel like I can do it all and I think I'll have a chance to show it this year."

Recruiting interest hasn't been flooding in, but Bamber did get his first offer relatively recently.

"Middle Tennessee offered me about a month ago," Bamber said. "It was a huge relief to me knowing I was good enough to get that first offer. That just made me work that much harder and it showed me that I have what it takes to play D-1 ball.

"I didn't really want to commit right away, but it blew me away. I'll wait and see who else offers me and then take some visits and then make my decision."

Besides Middle Tennessee, Bamber has also been hearing from California, Arkansas and San Diego State as well.

Bamber will be able to sign after the season this December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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