We haven't seen a lot of San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive lineman Jamaar Jarrett. The talented rush end sat out the Spring camps and combines but that hasn't stopped the colleges from recruiting him and his stock has absolutely shot through the roof.
Jarrett, 6-6, 240 pounds was an all-state underclass selection as a sophomore and followed it up with another strong junior season. The lineman has the size to play anywhere on the defensive line in college and Grizzlies coach Chris Hauser said offers have been flooding in this month.
"Name a school and they have been by here," Hauser said. "Everyone of them has said the same thing, Jamaar is the best defensive lineman they have seen and the offer usually comes a few days later. Ron English at Michigan and Coach Ken Delgado at Cal were both here in the last week and they have offered.
"Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon, Ole Miss, all those schools have offered and that's just off the top of my head. The only school that hasn't offered that Jamaar is really interested in is USC. He's going to their rising senior camp and they said they'll be offering if Jamaar goes out there and shows what he can do.
"He's just an incredible talent and still not even close to reaching his potential. He has a great frame and could stay on the edge or bulk into a defensive tackle or play the three technique. Coach Carroll even said they think with his long arms and great frame, he could eventually wind up as a prototype left tackle if things didn't work out on defense.
"I think if USC decides to offer, things could get interesting. If you asked me three weeks ago what would happen if SC offered Jamaar, I would say he would likely jump on it. Now that all these other great programs have offered, I think Jamaar really wants to take his time with his choice, see the country and take all five of his official visits.
"We'll sit down at the end of the summer and decide where he should visit but ultimately, it's going to be Jamaar's decision. I think two schools right off the bat that he'll visit are Cal and Michigan. He really likes both of those schools a lot. ASU is high on his list because he really likes their DL coach, Grady Stretz. Grady was the first coach that came to the school when the evaluation period started and that made a very good impression on him.
"I think he'll visit one of Colorado or Nebraska. Grady likes the Pac 10 but I think he wants to visit a Big 12 school and those are the two schools he likes and both have done a great job recruiting Jamaar. Then I would say Oregon would round out his trips, but again, we still haven't really discussed this and a lot could change. The USC camp will be big and if they offer or don't offer, that will really change the direction of where his recruitment is ultimately going."