December 4, 2008

CMU Commit Leads Team to 7-3 Record

Before his high school season, everyone knew Jarrett Fleming was a special athlete and a talented football player. What was up for debate was whether or not he was a winner. The reason for this was his South Bend Washington team went 0-10 his junior season. However, Fleming answered the question with a resounding YES as he led his team to a great turnaround with a 7-3 season.

Fleming, who committed to Central Michigan over the summer, played a big role on both sides of the ball in helping his team to its 703 record.

"It was overwhelming how we turned it around," Fleming said. "When we were losing every game last year, I didn't know how I could keep going. But we worked hard and just kept winning. We didn't get big heads after a couple of wins because we knew what last year felt like. We just kept working hard."

Offensively, Jarrett finished the season with 18 catches for 344 yards and an astounding eight touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, where he is projected to play in college, Jarrett finished the season with 56 tackles, five sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

"Individually, my season was the result of a lot of hard work that people don't always see," Fleming said. "The great plays I make are just the result of hard work. A lot of the things I do that people go crazy over were things that I had practiced all year. It was just a lot of hard work paying off."

With his high school season over with, Jarrett is now looking forward to his upcoming career at Central Michigan.

"I can't wait to get started at CMU," Fleming said. "We have some big opponents we are playing with Arizona and Michigan State. I just want to come in there, work hard and contribute in any way that I can."

Recently, Jarrett made the trip to Mount Pleasant to see the Chippewas in action against Ball State. In spite of the CMU loss, he came away impressed.

"It was exciting," Fleming said. "The fan section was just crazy. It was packed even before the game started. It was a great game. Central was just one play away from winning it. I was ready to put my pads on and play I was so hyped."

Jarrett also got to hang out with some of the other members of his recruiting class while at the game.

"It feels great to be a part of a class with so much talent," Fleming said. "With Shamari Benton, Aaron McCord, Zurlon Tipton and so many others, it's just crazy. I never thought we would have this great of a class. We just want to come in and keep the winning tradition going."

Jarrett has also built a strong relationship with CMU linebackers' coach Mark Elder who has been his main recruiter.

"I love Coach Elder. That's my guy," Fleming said. "We talk all the time. Even this summer when I was in North Carolina with my dad, he wrote to me all the time. No other schools did that. He is a real cool guy. He didn't promise me anything during the recruiting process, which a lot of other schools have tried to do. He is a real intense guy and I like that."

Because of basketball season, Jarrett will not be able to make his official visit to CMU until January.

Until then, CMU fans can rest assured that Jarrett Fleming is not just a great athlete but also a winner. On the other side of the coin, Jarrett can smile knowing full well the next time he is in Kelly Shorts Stadium; he will have his pads on.

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