The recruiting train is moving right along for Chris Creighton, and the Eastern Michigan Eagles. After starting the class of 2015 off rather slowly EMU has caught fire over the last few weeks on the trail.
That new found momentum continued on Monday evening when Jaylen Pickett of Zephyrhills High in Zephyrhills, Florida announced his verbal commitment to the Eagles via his Twitter account.
"I like the program. I feel like I can go, and compete as a freshman for a starting position. There is also a great support system as far as education surrounding the athletic program too." Jaylen stated to Hustle Belt as a few of the reasons why he selected EMU over Towson University.
A Jack-of-all trades for Zephyrhills, Pickett starred on both sides of the ball for the 8-3 Bulldogs as a senior. During his final year on the high school level he accounted for nearly 1,400 yards of total offense, and 15 touchdowns. Playing in the defensive secondary he finished the season with 77 total tackles, four interceptions, and a quarterback sack.
Even though some pegged the 6'0 190 pound standout to play wide receiver on the next level, Jaylen will make the transition to defensive back full-time when he reaches Ypsilanti later this year. Looking to replace quite a few bodies on defense, the EMU coaching staff plan to use Pickett's great vision, and ball skills in the rover role next season.
Want to see Jaylen Pickett in action? Take a few moments to check out some of his high school highlights, courtesy of Hudl: