CLASS OF 2017: JAMARI CHISHOLM
Northeast Oklahoma DT (6-4, 275)
HOW DID HE GET HERE? If you’d have asked around the day before national signing day, Chisholm’s name probably wouldn’t have popped up on the radar. Yet there he was on Feb. 1, a surprise junior college signing that emerged after Galena Park North Shore’s K’Lavon Chaisson spurned Texas for LSU. Chisholm held offers from Central Florida, Syracuse and Georgia State.
STAR RATING: 3
RECRUIT RANKINGS (JUCO): Overall, 160th; Fab 55, not ranked; Position, 22nd
MILES TO AUSTIN: 519
AT NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA: Was an All-Southwest Junior College selection last year, and an honorable mention all-conference pick two years ago. NEO finished fourth in the league.
2015: 8 tackles, 2 TFL, .5 sacks
2016: 57 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries
WHAT HE’S WALKING INTO: Chris Nelson and Poona Ford appear to be at the top of the depth chart at defensive tackle, but the Longhorns do need to improve their depth. That’s where Chisholm likely steps in. He’s the only defensive tackle Texas signed in 2017.
THEY SAID IT: “It’s about being ready when your number’s called.” — Chisholm
DID YOU KNOW?
- Chisholm’s love of trucks goes back to when he was 7 years old. His childhood friend, Kaden, would yell for everyone to get in the back of his father’s pickup. “He took us down to the river, locked it into four-wheel drive and yell out, ‘Y’all ready?’ Then he’d take us in the mud. Man, I loved this. From there on, I just loved trucks,” Chisholm said. Nowadays, he’ll go window shopping every chance he gets. “Every time we go out, we’ll have to stop at the Ford dealership and he’ll say, ‘I’m gonna find out how much that one cost. I’m gonna find out what it does.’ That’s him,” NEO defensive line coach Lane Powell said.
- Chisholm won’t say which recruiter bad-mouthed him, but at least one Big 12 school will get his juices flowing. “He was looking at me and said, ‘His feet are slow. I don’t think he’s going to do anything,” Chisholm said the rival Big 12 recruiter said. “Just because my feet aren’t good enough for you, you’re saying I’m not a good enough football player? I won’t say I had a great practice every day, but I did have some good practices that led to some big games.”
- Texas defensive line coach Oscar Giles isn’t the only UT assistant who vouched for Chisholm. Offensive line coach Derek Warehime, who has plenty of connections in the state of Oklahoma, also spent time at NEO. “He’s going to have good days and tough days,” NEO assistant Zach Allen said of Chisholm. “But I told him you’ve got to stand on the relationships you’ve made and trust that coach Giles, coach (Tom) Herman and coach Warehime are exactly who they are when they were recruiting him.”
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