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With 34 days left until the Virginia Tech Hokies square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, we turn our attention to #34 on the roster Mr. Kyshoen Jarrett. With just one year under his belt, Jarrett will go from backup cornerback to the starter at Rover. Jarrett started the spring at free safety but Coach Gray likes some one who is vociferous at that position. So, as we enter this fall, Jarrett has been penciled in as the starter at Rover next to Detrick Bonner (who we will discuss in 26 days) at Free Safety.
Weight: 188 lbs
High School: East Stroudsburg South High School
How Did He Get Here?
The Coaching Carousal often helps Virginia Tech land a few recruits every now and then. It certainly helped us last season when Jarrett decommited from Pitt after Dave Wannstedt was fired. With spots dwindling, Jarrett didn’t take much time to verbal to the Hokies. He gave his pledge on December 21st 2010.
2011 Season Rewind
The Pennsylvania native only saw 25 snaps on defense last season. While you would like that number to be higher, especially when you’re choosing not to redshirt a true freshman, I think you’ll see Jarrett blossom into a star in the Virginia Tech secondary this year. Blessed with a high amount of athleticism, Jarrett should give the Hokies a dynamic option at punt returner as well.
As we head into this season (we’re just over a month away now), my concerns with our secondary have evaporated as long as our four starters can stay healthy. Jarrett and Bonner should give the Hokies an added dimension at safety. Both guys can play one-on-one with a wide receiver if need be and both are good in deep coverage. Honestly, I don’t think we’ve ever had this versatile of a secondary before. That’s a good thing since there’s a chance that all four of these guys will return for 2013. That’s a scary thought for opposing QB’s.
Jarrett was a surprise commitment on the recruiting trail and you can credit Torrian Gray for stealing one when Pittsburgh fired Dave Wannstedt. The Panther’s loss is our gain and looking at our depth chart I’m glad we won that recruiting battle. With a good summer preparation, I think Jarrett should give the Hokies a boost at the rover position this season. Our safety play wasn’t great last season so hopefully having a more instinctive player in that role will benefit our defense.
Completely Made Up Fact
We’ve had a few laughs this year at this part of each Countdown article. But, this is why I’m a huge fan of Jarrett, from an off-the-field perspective.
Not many 16 year olds (that’s how old he was at the time the article was written) would have this view on life.
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