Trying to find Jahlen Jack’s varsity football track record is harder than trying to find a ghost. Ghosts might exist. Jack’s varsity stats don’t, for a pretty good reason: While the freshman running back is technically a member of the Eastside Catholic football team in Sammamish, Wash., Jahlen hasn’t been involved in game action. None of the team’s freshmen have.
This is a learning year for Jack, the younger brother of UCLA star Myles Jack. Like his older brother, Jahlen Jack is still relatively short — he stands 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds — but what the younger Jack lacks in size he makes up for in speed, field vision and tough running. And unlike Myles Jack, Jahlen was used to the spotlight before even arriving in high school.
Jahlen Jack’s most famous achievement so far didn’t come on the field. It arrived in the form of a verbal scholarship offer from then-Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, a gesture which made Jack — then a seventh grader at Chinook Middle School — the youngest non-quarterback to receive a Division I scholarship offer.
Jack was still competing for the Bellevue Junior Wolverines when he received that offer, and you can see highlights from his time with the Junior Wolverines here. They were good enough to land him on a watchlist for freshman football players primed for success in the Class of 2018.
It’s clear that the younger Jack still has some way to go to reach his older brother’s success. If he keeps focused and faster as he intends to, the sky may still be the limit.