Hailing from Roseville High School in California, junior tight end Jimmy Jaggers helped lead a junior-laden team to a 5-5 record this season. While Jaggers says more is expected out of the Tigers’ squad, 2016 is poised to be a successful campaign with a wealth of returning starters.
Roseville operates a run-heavy offense, so Jaggers did not have an overwhelming amount of opportunities to display his pass catching ability. When the ball was thrown in Jaggers’ direction, though, the 6’4″, 238-pound athlete was very likely to turn targets into catches.
“Personally, I quadrupled my catch production,” Jaggers told Today’s U. “I went from three catches my sophomore year to 12 this year. That was 12 [catches] on 14 or 15 targets. Just with that stat right there, you can see that the tight end isn’t really used as a pass catcher for our offense. It’s a lot of power run, a lot of double teams and a lot of me blocking out on the edge.”
“It allows me to demonstrate that I can block and I can man up, do things like that,” he went on to explain. “I also play 7-on-7 and things like that to show I can run routes and catch balls. I will do anything for the team. If the team needs a run blocker, then I will be there as a run blocker.”
With plenty of chances to showcase his blocking ability, Jaggers said it is “very possible” that he could have registered more pancakes than catches during the 2015 season.
“I like to bring that defensive mentality over to offense,” Jaggers said. “I love to finish my blocks with the guy on the ground. I try to run as angry as possible. I fight for extra yardage and I don’t typically drop balls in games. I think I only dropped one that was deemed catchable this year, so that’s what I try to focus on.”
Ranked as a 4-star prospect on 247Sports.com, the recruiting service has Jaggers slotted as the No. 5 junior recruit at the tight end position. Jaggers holds offers from schools such as Louisville, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and UCLA, among others for a total of 12 so far.
“It’s been a great time,” Jaggers said. “I’ve been enjoying it. It’s kind of been nice, kind of slow with this dead period that we’re entering. It gives you an opportunity to slow down, take a breather and enjoy everything. This is basketball season and that requires just as much work as football.”
With two visits to Michigan under his belt, Jaggers says his relationship with the Wolverines’ coaching staff is “very good.” Jaggers spoke about his time in Ann Arbor and his impression of the Michigan campus during his visits.
“Once for a game and once to get a real visit with the school itself,” Jaggers said. “I went over the summer when there were no coaches there and I was able to look around and get familiar with the school. I really like it there. I like that Midwest area. I like the way that the Big Ten uses the tight end and the Big Ten style of football. I would say everything is good with the Wolverines.”
In addition to Michigan, the Washington staff is making it known that Jaggers is a priority in their 2017 class. Jaggers touched on which programs seem to be prioritizing him for the ’17 cycle so far.
“Washington has made it clear that I’m a big part of their 2017 board,” Jaggers said. “I would say Michigan is up there and then recently Penn State has started talking to me about getting me out there. Michigan State is also another one that said I’m the top guy for their 2017 board as far as tight ends. I just need to get out there to get the offer and get a fair recruiting process with them.”
Jaggers has visited the Pac-12 interest in the past, and it does sound like it made an impact on him.
“At Washington, I had an excellent visit up there. It was awesome,” he explained. “The coaches make me feel really wanted. I feel that they’re really genuine recruiters and they aren’t going to sugar coat or talk about the awards you can win. It was simple that you’re going to be used here like this and Washington is one of the few schools that are recruiting me as a tight end, but think I could play defensive line as well.”
Outside of Michigan, Jaggers has been unable to visit any Midwest or East coast schools other than Miami.
The Hurricanes received a visit from Jaggers’ in 7-on-7 season. This is something the 4-star prospect is looking to change over the offseason.