Coveted by a host of Division-I schools, Cavs’ Jarrett has busy summer.
June 10, 2010 Kyshoen Jarrett didn’t want to get too excited.
When the East Stroudsburg South cornerback heard rumors floating around that Penn State was going to extend him a scholarship offer, Jarrett decided to make a phone call.
Name: Kyshoen Jarrett
School: East Stroudsburg South
Size: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds.
Rankings: Rated as a four-star prospect, the nation’s 159th-best player and 13th-best corner by Rivals.com; rated a four-star prospect and the nation’s 15th-best corner by Scout.com.
Scholarship offers: Akron, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Stanford, Syracuse, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Schools interested but yet to offer: Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Honors: Chosen as All-Mountain Valley Conference first-team corner the past two seasons; three-year starter for the Cavaliers.
Statistics: As a sophomore, had 45 tackles, two interceptions and forced three fumbles; as a junior, had 43 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
The two-time All-Mountain Valley Conference corner and three-year starter for the Cavaliers dialed Nittany Lions offensive line coach Dick Anderson, who recruits Northeast Pennsylvania for Penn State, to see what exactly was going on.
“I just braced myself and gave them a call and the conversation between me and the coach just seemed different, a different type of atmosphere over the phone, and he said that the Penn State coaching staff was going to offer me,” said Jarrett, who got the PSU offer June 1. “From there it was all smiles. For the rest of that day I was smiling and excited about the whole process.”
It was a process that had him patiently waiting for the Nittany Lions to pull the trigger.
With only 15, maybe 16, scholarships to offer for the 2011 class, the Nittany Lions were being selective about who received an offer. After going through the spring evaluation period, Jarrett was rewarded for doing what the PSU coaches asked him to do.
“They just told me to be patient,” said Jarrett, rated by both Rivals.com and Scout.com as a four-star prospect. “I didn’t know if they really had an interest in me or not, but I guess they were right. They were evaluating their players and sending out offers. They stayed true to their word and finally offered me.”
It wasn’t his first offer.
Jarrett sits at 16 offers and is talking with several other schools who are interested but have yet to offer. The first offer came from Pittsburgh last September.
“I didn’t know I was seen as a Division-I prospect until I got that first offer,” Jarrett said. “I know that I could play football, but I just didn’t know if I had the potential to play at the next level because at that time I was still young. It really didn’t hit me right away.”
Jarrett’s recruiting has been picking up steam since the beginning of the year.
The rising senior was named one of the top performers at both the Premier Showcase at Rutgers in February and State College Nike Camp last month.
At the Nike Camp, Jarrett was described as, “showing discipline in not biting on double moves and made receivers earn their catches; turns and runs very well and can lock onto a receiver’s hip and stay there throughout the route.”
At the Premier Showcase, Jarrett was cited for being “the most aggressive of the defensive backs when it came to press coverage and was excellent off the snap at knocking opponents off balance.”
“I feel like so far my performance has been good at all the combines and there are going to be a couple of camps at schools I don’t have offers from that I could hopefully get offers from so I can better evaluate where I want to go and will best fit me,” said Jarrett, who plans to camp at West Virginia and Virginia Tech this summer and will make a host of other unofficial visits.
There won’t a be rush to make a decision.
Jarrett plans on taking his allotment of five official visits and going from there.
“I’ve been hearing a lot of people who are very protective, a lot of guidance, saying commit before the season,” Jarrett said. “I do want to take my officials though out of the top five that I have by then and honestly I’m just going to pray on it.
“Hopefully whatever happens happens and I get my answer.”
By Joe Miegoc
Record Sports Writer