October 17, 2008
By John Philip Wyllie
Just a generation or two ago Patrick Jarin’s family was living in Mexico. On Tuesday, the highly touted Eastlake linebacker returned from a recruiting trip to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While impressed, Jarin is not sure at this point whether he will enroll at the prestigious New York academy in the fall. First he has to sift through all the other opportunities his talents on the football field have provided him.
“We have had some really good linebackers here over the years, but he is probably among the top two or three,” according to Titans head coach, John McFadden. “He can do whatever we need him to do. He fills and brings it as hard as any linebacker that we have ever had. He is a natural football player.”
Jarvin began playing football as a seven year old. While he continues to also play baseball which was his first love, he considers football to now be his primary sport. Jarin is one of several two-way players for the always tough Titans. The 5’11” 225 lbs. team captain lines up at guard on offense.
“It takes a lot of endurance to play both ways. You have to have a good off-season and work out a lot. After practice I hang out and do some extra running,” Jarin said.
All of that extra work is starting to pay off for Jarin. In addition to Army, he is receiving attention from UCLA, Boise State and Utah. He thinks he could be happy with any of them, but will probably go to the one providing the biggest scholarship. His 3.1 G.P.A. will no doubt help in opening some doors.
Jarin has lots of help on defense especially from All-CIF linebacker Tony Jefferson.
“Tony is more flamboyant and flashy while Patrick is more of a blue collar guy,” McFadden said. “Sometimes Patrick doesn’t get noticed, but he is in there doing his job pounding inside while Tony is making the big play on the outside. If you look at their statistics Patrick has tons of tackles and both of them are two of the better guys we have ever had here. And that is saying a lot because we play good defense here.”
As a junior last season, Jarin was a first team All-Mesa League linebacker. He led his team to an 8-3 season which was good enough for a Mesa League title. This season he has picked up right where he left off notching a team leading 42 tackles in the Titans first four games. At 3-2, the Titans record is deceiving. Their two losses came against Oceanside and Mission Hills, both ranked in the county’s top five. The Mesa League battle is shaping up to be a three-team race with Eastlake contending with undefeated eighth ranked Bonita Vista and a very solid (3-1-1) Otay Ranch team.
Regardless of whether Eastlake can repeat in the face of some very tough competition, McFadden knows that in Jarin he has a player he can count on.