Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial running back Jamaal Charles is holding five scholarship offers so far, but that won’t be the end of the offers for the talented track and football standout.
“Jamaal is going to be a good one,” Memorial coach Dean Colbert said. “He has the ability to run the ball and do it at a high level. He also has great speed, so if he gets in the open, he can really hurt you.”
The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is a member of the initial Rivals100 and is one of the top players in the state of Texas for the class of 2005.
“He has a lot of schools recruiting him,” Colbert said. “He gets a lot of mail, and so far he has five scholarship offers. Those won’t be all he gets either.”
The five schools with offers extended to Charles include Arizona, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Tulsa. Others close to offering a full-ride include Houston, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
“There is a group of schools that is close to offering or they’ve said they probably will when the evaluation period starts next month.”
Colbert said Charles is concentrating on track right now and is getting some attention for his hurdling talents.
“He’s very good at the hurdles,” the coach said. “He has some schools keeping a close eye on him for that too.”
As a junior, Charles rushed for 2,051 yards and 27 touchdowns.