HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett



MORE from our HomeTeam writers.

More Video

HomeTeam Hot Shots
Vote for the top male and female athletes from the bay area
Alex Blasingane, softball, Boca Ciega
Cassidy Davis, softball, Newsome
Ashley Gentz, track, Nature Coast
Shannon Maloney, softball, Chamberlain
Brittany McGee, track, Admiral Farragut
Alfreda Steele, track, Pasco
Kyle Frick, baseball, Mitchell
Vinnie Grybauskas, baseball, Lakewood
Jamari Johnson, track, Seffner Christian
Andrew Lindsay, baseball, Steinbrenner
Branden McLeod, Wesley Chapel baseball
Chris Robin, track, Calvary Christian



Wed. July 31, 2013 | Matt Baker | Email

HomeTeam 100: Spotlight on Zephyrhills' Jaylen Pickett

We're featuring some of our HomeTeam 100 players, including our No. 79 player, Zephyrhills ATH Jaylen Pickett:

Bulldogs coach Reggie Roberts could see potential in the latest in the long line of Picketts when Jaylen saw action at Zephyrhills as a freshman. But for all of Pickett’s athleticism, he couldn’t really run.

“Now he actually runs the football,” Roberts said. “He’ll make somebody miss, and he has the speed to take it all the way.”

That was obvious in the spring game, when he rushed for 118 yards on only five carries and scored once in a 43-7 win over Ridgewood.

Pickett (6-0, 170), the son of former Zephyrhills standout Damien Pickett and a relative of Green Bay Packer DL Ryan Pickett, had a solid sophomore season. Playing out of position at tight end, he caught four touchdowns and racked up a team-high 457 yards, while rushing for 86 more yards and a score. Defensively, he was a focal point in the secondary on a 6-4 team that narrowly missed the playoffs.

“He carried us on defense,” Roberts said. “Him and (Devin) Brockington basically shut it down when we needed them to.”

Zephyrhills is shifting Pickett to wing back, where he’ll get more offensive touches on a team loaded with weapons like Brockington, Malik Mutcherson and Jordan Roberts.

With a breakout season, his coach expects Division I recruiters will take note.

“His expectations are through the roof,” Roberts said.

Also in this series:
Players 91-100
Players 81-90
Players 71-80

Players in post


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours