Early in the season I went to Hilliard Darby to check out an RB/OLB for Darby. Liked him alot. As I was watching Bradley, I kept seeing number 7 for Hilliard Bradley making plays.
Number 7 was junior Jack Pugh, all 6’5-235. He lined up as a wide out, but his normal position would be as a tight end. He also made his presence known at defensive end, as well. Big, strong, and could run. Good hands. Raw, but he competed.
Jack was not on my radar. I admit, he came out of nowhere. But for good reason. This was his first year of high school football. Jack has played basketball at Bradley. That actually was his favorite sport. That actually was his ticket to college.
In talking with one of the Bradley coaches, I found out that Jack was a move-in from Jonathan Alder High School. A move-in to play basketball. Actually, he spent a year playing basketball for his Uncle in California. I remember two years ago, he was considered as one of the top recruits in Ohio. Earned a visit with then coach Thad Motta.
This past summer, he talked with head football coach Mike LoParo about coming out for football. The rest is history. I was really impressed with his early skills for being so new to the sport.
Bloodlines are there. I watched his older brother Trey play tight end for Jonathan Alder a few years back. Although injured now, Trey is a wide receiver at Northwestern.
Jack can play either side of the ball. I like him at tight end. Will get bigger/stronger/faster. Runs well. Like his ability to get off the LOS. Picks up speed. Good hands. Catches the ball away from his body. Strong after the catch. Still learning the DE position. Long and powerful coming off the edge. Needs to improve re-direct.
Offers from Iowa State, Akron, BGSU, and Toledo. Juts received one from Pitt. More to come, I am sure.
I asked him if he liked football. “I love it!!!” Once he learns what he needs to do and what he is doing now, his ceiling will be sky high.