Jarrett Starts Wake's 2007 Class
Kyle Jarrett
Kyle Jarrett

Posted Aug 22, 2005

This month, Wake Forest’s football class of 2007 got off to a tremendous start when West Forsyth (NC) High School linebacker Kyle Jarrett committed to Wake Forest.

“I went over and visited and talked with the coaches,” Kyle Jarrett said. “When I went into the meeting with Coach Grobe, I wasn’t sure if I was going to commit. I wanted to get a feel for Wake Forest. My dad was in Germany and he’s a big part of my decisions. After talking with Coach Grobe, he pretty much answered my questions before I asked them. It felt like family.

“A big deal to me is academics and family along with playing football and being a part of a great team,” Jarrett said. “Coach Grobe is a great coach and Coach Lambert and everyone with us too. It felt like it was the right decision to make and I decided to go ahead and commit to Wake Forest and I’m excited. It’s like family up there. I met a whole bunch of players up there and it was great. The atmosphere is awesome.”

With Jarrett’s commitment to Wake Forest, the Deacon program picks up not only a great athlete, but also an impressive individual who also performs well in the classroom. “What I think Wake Forest is getting in Kyle Jarrett first of all is a tremendous student-athlete,” said West Forsyth head coach Chip Petree. “He comes from a family of doctors and lawyers so obviously he’ll fit into the academic side of Wake Forest.

“Athletically, you’re seeing a true three sport star,” Petree continued. “He’s one of our main physical rebounders in basketball, he’s all-conference and qualified for state meets in track in the 100 and 200, and in football he was dominant as a freshman, all-conference as a sophomore.”

Although Jarrett could play a variety of positions at Wake Forest, he will stick at the linebacker position this season at West Forsyth. “This year, he’ll be a linebacker,” Petree noted. “He’s the type of kid who athletically is a slash kind of player. He could be a wide receiver believe it or not. Obviously a linebacker, a rush end, a safety.”

“Linebacker, strong side linebacker,” Jarrett said when asked the position Wake recruited him to play. “I can play whatever they want me to play. It depends on how big I get.”

“You recruit him as an athlete who has everything you need academically,” Petree added. “He’s got tremendous moral character, has super parents and upbringing, and he’ll be a tremendous asset to Coach Grobe’s fine program.”

Although Jarrett is just a junior, the 6’3, 215-pound linebacker knows he will continue to be recruited by other schools – but he’s dead set on being a Demon Deacon. “I’m still a junior and schools are going to recruit me,” he noted. “I’ve visited other schools and I might see other schools, but I’m a Deacon and that’s the most important thing right now. I’m going to finish my high school career here and go play at Wake Forest.”

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