Wednesday, June 19, 2013
New Spartans commit felt wanted by MSU
By Jared Shanker
Jalen Watts-Jackson (Orchard Lake, Mich./St. Mary’s Prep) camped at Michigan State on Sunday. The following day, he received an unofficial offer from an assistant coach. On Wednesday, Mark Dantonio spoke with Watts-Jackson to confirm the offer. And later that day, the 2014 cornerback drove to East Lansing and pledged to the Spartans.
“I like the family environment,” Watts-Jackson said. “I went in and all the players were talking to me. It was like a family, and I won’t even end up playing with most of them.”
Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) offered the 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back based on his Sunday performance, but Michigan State has been the team recruiting him the longest. Spartans assistant Brad Salem has kept in touch with Watts-Jackson since his sophomore season, and continued to recruit him despite a junior season riddled with injuries.
The fact Michigan State never quit showing Watts-Jackson attention made an impression on him, so when he was offered Monday, he knew he would become a Spartan.
“He’s always been there,” he said of Salem. “It meant a lot to me because I knew I had a big sophomore year and me getting hurt affected me. It played a big role.”