Brandon Jamison, at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, can be an imposing figure coming down the track, clearing hurdles on his way to the finish line.
He does it with ease at Scottsdale Chaparral, where the junior is ranked third in the state in the 300-meter hurdles at 38.30 seconds and third in the 110 high hurdles at 14.12.
Then, on the football field, he flips a switch and runs down quarterbacks and running backs.
It has led the defensive end to four scholarship offers so far – Cornell, South Dakota State, Northern Arizona, and, most recently, the Air Force Academy.
Jamison, ranked No. 9 in the state in the 2016 class by azcentral sports, will do double duty in the next month, going from track to spring football, where college recruiters’ eyes will be on him.
“I would like to show that I am athletic enough to play, just show my overall athletic ability with my size and speed,” Jamison said.
When will that first major offer come in?
It seems like a matter of time before Jamison gets that Pac-12 offer.
Last season, Jamison had 79 tackles, 17 for losses, and 14 1/2 sacks on a team that reached the Division II semifinals.
Surprise Willow Canyon junior linebacker/kicker/punter Jared Stangler, 6-1, 220, says he going to take unofficial visits this summer to Fort Hays State, San Diego, South Dakota School of Mines and Colorado School of Mines.
Stangler not only is an exceptional athlete but a great student, and Harvard has contacted his high school counselor.
He made all-section honorable mention last year when he was limited by an ankle injury.
“My ankle injury wasn’t as bad as people thought,” he said. “I was kept out as a precaution.”
This spring, Stangler will be working out at linebacker, tight end and kicker and punter.
“All the D-III and NAIA schools I have talked to want me to kick, punt and play linebacker,” he said. “The bigger schools like me for either but say I have to pick one.
“They really like my grades and said I will help the team GPA a lot. I could get an academic scholarship almost anywhere, so I could even be a preferred walk-on at a D-I and still have school mostly paid for.”
Making the rounds
Scottsdale Saguaro has seen a steady flow of college coaches come through since last week. And not just to see the big two – junior defensive back Byron Murphy and sophomore offensive lineman Kayden Lyles.
On Monday, Utah State came through to see three 2016 prospects – center Michael Weinstein, wide receiver Julian Carter and offensive guard Jackson Martin.
Martin’s size, 6-5, 350, coupled with the ability to start last season on a 14-0 state championship team, makes him an intriguing prospect to college coaches.