Myles JackI only covered
once in high school, when his Bellevue (Wash.)
Wolverines traveled to Southern California to play Oaks Christian in the 2011 Mission Viejo Classic.
I recall Bellevue being largely undersized but impeccably coached, and that Jack, then a junior, had the look and size of a big-time recruit. That, of course, was after hearing gushing praise from coaches and journalists.
No one could have possibly fathomed what Jack accomplished on Monday, however.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker and running back for UCLA was named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. It's one thing he even attempted - or was thrown into the fray - on both sides of the ball. But to star in each area is truly one of the greatest feats I've seen in college football in the last 30 years. Bo Jackson didn't even attempt to play defense.
Here's a look at Jack at Bellevue, which just happens to be one of the most successful prep programs in the country. The Wolverines, led by one of the nation's top coaches Butch Goncharoff, have won five-straight state titles, 11 overall, and go for their sixth straight Friday against Eastside Catholic (Sammamish)
. Bellevue is No. 11 in the Xcellent 25
Jack was a second-team All-American
his senior year at Bellevue and had 98 tackles and 24 sacks. He was also a sprinter on the school's state-title winning 400- and 1,600-meter track relay teams.
By the way, the Oaks Christian game was the second time I had seen Bellevue in person. The other was when the Wolverines blitzed De La Salle 39-20 in 2004 to break the national win streak record of 151 games, which still stands today. We hear a rematch of the two elite programs is in the works for 2014.