It was Toby Foreman's first game on the job, and the situation was grim for his team.
Beaumont Central was down to Port Arthur Memorial, a tough Texas program in its own right. In his first appearance ever as a head coach, Foreman had to coax a game-winning drive from his offense. He spoke to the group then dismissed them onto the field, save one: his quarterback, Michael Jacquet III.
"I told him to win this game, and he did," Foreman said. "He won it on a QB sneak, and he made some clutch plays on that drive. To me, it just solidified that he's a gamer."
The Utes hope Jacquet brings that same energy to Rice-Eccles when he joins the program in 2015.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete prospect out of Texas committed to the U. on Tuesday night in a press conference with two of his teammates. Although he plays quarterback for the Jaguars, he's expected to possibly play receiver at the next level.
Wherever he plays, his coach said, he'll make an impact.
"He has tremendous speed and size," Foreman said. "He's a natural football player, very instinctive. If it was me, he'd be an X-receiver. That's his natural position. But he'll definitely upgrade whatever position he's at."
Recruited by position coach Morgan Scalley, Jacquet also had offers from Houston and Indiana among others. He already seems pretty aware of the "U" sign, as shown in this photo from the Beaumont Enterprise.
A quick viewing of his Hudl highlights reveals a lanky athlete with speed and agility, although he needs to bulk up for the Division I level. Foreman said Jacquet has been lifting a lot more in the last year, and is also a good student.
Current Ute Jacoby Hale also is from Beaumont Central, and Foreman used to coach Utah cornerback Justin Thomas. Foreman said he's impressed with how Scalley has recruited Texas, and specifically Beaumont Central. The Utes are involved with a few other Jaguars as well, he said.
"They've definitely done a good job recruiting our kids," he said. "I'm looking forward to sending more of our kids to Utah."
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