Bellevue (Wash.) High School running back/linebacker Myles Jack is made for football. It starts with his name (how can it get any more perfect than that?), carries over to his build (he’s listed as 6’3″ 235 lbs.) and then finishes with his ability. Not only does Myles Jack look different than everyone else on the field; he plays different than everyone else too. That’s why the senior received scholarship offers from all over the country — finally committing to UCLA this summer.
I’ve had two chances to watch Myles Jack this year, and the kid has impressed me both times. My first glimpse of Jack came in a game against 4A Bothell (Bellevue is a 3A school) earlier in the season. I’m new to the Seattle area, so I didn’t know much about Myles before the game started. I quickly learned that he was the player to watch. Jack laid one of the biggest hits I’ve seen this year when he drilled Bothell quarterback Ross Bowers. The ball popped out of Bowers’ hands for a fumble, which was then scooped up by Bellevue for a touchdown.
The second time I saw Myles Jack was just last week against Mt. Si. It was a clash between the No. 1 (Bellevue — winners of 33 straight games now — ranked as one of the top teams in the country) and No. 2 (Mt. Si) 3A teams in the state, and Jack dominated from beginning to end. He capped Bellevue’s opening drive with a 19-yard touchdown run and then added what I’m calling the ‘run of the year’ in the second quarter. Jack took the handoff, jolted to his left, but quickly ran into trouble. He was able to stiff-arm his way past a couple of defenders, but then he was wrapped up and taken toward the ground. Jack never touched the turf though, instead he rolled over the defender (who wound up underneath him) and hopped right back on his feet. Jack immediately had to fend off another Mt. Si player before he cut back toward the middle of the field for an amazing 78-yard touchdown. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the most impressive run I’ve ever seen at the high school level.
As impressive as he is on offense, Myles Jack is a beast on defense as well. I already talked about his big hit against Bothell, but that’s just the beginning. Jack, who is listed as an outside linebacker, plays as a down lineman most of the time. It’s that new hybrid position — looking more like a defensive end than a linebacker. No matter how he’s lined up, Jack has no trouble getting to the quarterback (unless he’s triple teamed like he often was last week). I don’t think he registered a sack in the game against Mt. Si, but he hurried the quarterback several times. Jack’s most impressive defensive play happened in the second half: the Mt. Si quarterback rolled to his left, Jack caught up with the QB as he threw the ball, and with one arm (yes, just one arm) Jack forcefully tossed the quarterback to the ground (the QB slid across the wet grass like he was pushed over by a bulldozer).
While Myles Jack is a monster on the football field, he seems like a nice kid off it. He called me ‘sir’ probably ten times in our five-minute postgame conversation. I also talked to one of Bellevue’s assistant coaches about Jack and he told me no one can say a bad thing about the guy, saying he’s an all-around good kid.
According to Scout.com, Myles Jack is ranked as one of the best outside linebackers in the country (rated No. 17), while Rivals.com lists him as the third best prospect in Washington (behind Skyline quarterback Max Browne (committed to USC) and his Bellevue teammate Sean Constantine (committed to Washington)). Jack received scholarship offers from Purdue, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and pretty much everyone from the Pac-12. The assistant coach told me it wasn’t an easy decision for Jack, but he verbally committed to UCLA in June.
A polite kid with a world of talent — it’s hard to not root for Myles Jack. He still has a state championship on his mind this season, but it’s on to national championship dreams at UCLA after that. It’ll be fun to see how his career plays out with the Bruins.
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