College Career: A four-year starter and a two-time first-team All-MAC performer,
Strengths: The buzz surrounding Jarrett is how much of a physical hitter he is. But before we extol the virtues regarding his ability to lay a lick on ballcarriers, Jarrett is also a very astute, smart player with a high football IQ. Having played the safety position since high school, Jarrett is very good at seeing the field and being able to communicate what he sees with his teammates. His style of play was compared to Eagles great Brian Dawkins, but obviously, there is only one Dawkins.
What He'll Need To Prove: Jarrett is not a speedster, but this is not a track meet. The reduced offseason will mean that Jarrett won't have as long to pick up the playbook as a typical rookie, especially with the entire defense learning a new scheme under Juan Castillo and Jim Washburn. Knowing the playbook inside and out allows Jarrett to make up for any lack of speed. Any extra time needed to think on the field will result in big plays at his expense.
How He Fits In:
Personal: Was nicknamed "The Clinic" by former Temple coach Al Golden for his textbook style of play. Jarrett's mother, Audrey, has served as a corrections officer at Rikers Island in New York for over 20 years. As a single mom, Audrey instilled the toughness that fuels Jarrett's play on the field. Jarrett is from Brooklyn, N.Y. which isn't exactly a hotbed of football talent. An all-state selection at Fort Hamilton High School, Jarrett was the Brooklyn Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and helped his team win the Public School Athletic City Championship in each of his final two years.
What He Said: "This right here is one of the greatest situations ever coming, staying close to home so my family is right down the road. I’ve played in the Eagles stadium for the last four years so being able to play for Coach Reid as an Eagle is a dream come true."
What The Eagles Said: "He has what I consider tremendous football knowledge and great retention and I think he’s just naturally a smart guy – team captain, graduated (and) all those intangible things. But on the football field he’s able to translate as smarts and make the adjustments that need to be made on that back end that are so crucial." - Head coach Andy Reid