When Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) announced he planned to play college football at UCLA in June, he more or less expected to put the recruiting process behind him.
After he put on a blue-and-gold Bruins hat and explained how the university “just felt like home,” the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker figured he could turn his attention to his senior season.
But when it comes to recruiting, the announcement has become more like the halfway point in the process for top prospects.
Instead of slowing down, the process picked up in some ways. Washington wasn’t going to let Jack escape the state without a fight. The Huskies felt they had a chance to flip him from blue and gold to purple and gold.
They took advantage of every opportunity to pitch the program.
Each time the senior stopped by one of Washington’s practices in fall camp and every time he was seen on the sidelines at one of the Huskies’ home games, the coaching staff tried to explain why they felt he needed to rethink his decision.
After Washington’s win over Portland State early in the season, Jack was given a handwritten letter from linebackers coach Peter Sirmon.
“It’s sincere,” Jack said at the time. “From the coach, just one-on-one and everything. I know that he truly means it.”
The Huskies have pushed for the prospect all season. Some gestures, like the letter, were subtle. Others, like the program’s recruiting ace, Tosh Lupoi, dancing around Jack after the Huskies upset Stanford, were a little more direct.
Everything Jack has seen so far has made his decision more difficult. He has maintained throughout the year that he continues to be committed to UCLA, but he is exploring his options. He wants to ensure he made the right decision.
So, what are the chances Jack ends up at Washington? Well, that isn’t easy to answer. Each time he is asked about the Huskies, he talks about the picture Lupoi has painted. Jack said the image of a future in Seattle is becoming easier to envision.
But while he sees an opportunity at Washington, he hasn’t announced any plans to either flip or decommit. He has time. He has options. He also has a season to finish.
The Wolverines play in the Class 3A semifinals this week, so Jack’s focus is on his team more than his college future. Any potential change to his commitment status won’t come until Bellevue has finished chasing its fifth straight state title.
If Jack ends up signing with UCLA, it won’t be due to a lack of effort from the Huskies.
“Even though I committed, just to see their persistence and everything, it catches my eye,” Jack said. “I like that. They’ve been going even harder since I committed, so that was cool.”