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LB Myles Jack trains for Texas team

8/17/2012

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Throughout the summer, Myles Jack has dreamed about Aug. 30. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound athlete (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) has considered every possible scenario as he prepares for the season opener against Euless (Texas) Trinity at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

He has spent so much time watching film, he pictures plays while working against the Wolverines’ scout team. After finishing the first fall practice Wednesday night, the UCLA commit said the team talks Trinity all the time.

“It’s just great to be back out here to get ready for Trinity,” Jack said.

Playing for a program that has won four straight Class 3A state titles -- nine of the last 11 -- Jack understands there is pressure to perform.

He knows he needs to be a senior leader.

“It’s our turn to go out and win state,” he said. “We (the seniors) put it on each other, hold each other accountable. We’ve been going through practices at 5:30 a.m. and, if you don’t show up, you’ve got to run hills. Everybody is keeping everybody else accountable. We know what’s at stake this season.”

But, while the long-term goal is a state championship, Jack has fixed his full focus on Bellevue’s Week 1 matchup with the Trojans.

He has spent so much time preparing for the season he hasn’t spent much time thinking about official visits. Despite his commitment to the Bruins in June, Jack plans to take all five trips, including stops at Georgia Tech and UCLA.

Jack stopped by Washington practice twice last week, spending time with teammates Sean Constantine -- he committed to the Huskies in April -- and Bishard “Budda” Baker.

“It’s kind of cool committing and seeing who is still with me,” Jack said. “A lot of schools are still talking to me.”

When he talks to friends and teammates about his decision, their only advice is to make sure he found the right fit.

“They’ve been telling me, just make sure you made the right decision,” Jack said. “Think through everything. It’s your decision, so you can do whatever you want with it. I’m still weighing things. I’m still with UCLA 90 percent, but I’m open.”