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Recruiting Spotlight: 2016 LB Jango Glackin

JangoComing home from school one day Jango informed his father he had determined that he wanted to be a college football player, that was in the 3rd grade. From that moment forward it has been Jango’s goal not only to be a football player but a successful collegiate athlete.

Through training, dedication, and guidance from his father, who is ex military, Jango is on the cusp of making that dream a reality. Going into his senior year of high school Jango made the biggest decision of his life to this point. He left the comfort of home in Lebanon, Ohio and enrolled at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Make no mistake, this was not an easy transition for Jango who told me, “leaving from home is never easy but coming here gave me the opportunity to be the best college football player I can be”.

What sets Glackin apart from many recruits is that it is not all about football when you ask him about his recruitment. “Academics will play a part in my decision” he said, “the school has to have something I am interested in”.

Jango is interested in the engineering programs WVU has to offer and has stated that he plans on looking further into what other programs he may like in Morgantown, “I want to make sure wherever I go I get a degree in something I want to do for the rest of my life” Jango said, “Pre med is a program I like but I know how tough that would be playing football”.

While many consider Jango a West Virginia lean he stopped short of naming any top schools when asked, “I am leaving all my options open” Jango stated when asked who his top choices were at this time. That does not necessarily mean WVU is not the front-runner. Jango will also be quick to tell you that before his recruitment truly took off his father informed him there were two schools he wanted offers from, West Virginia and Tennessee because they have great fans. The atmosphere in Morgantown is something that has drawn both Jango and his father to WVU.  Needless to say Jango was excited to receive the offer from WVU in August of 2014.

West Virginia is not the only school that has taken notice of the 6’2 215 lb linebacker though. As of late schools such as Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, and Western Michigan have started to contact the student athlete who boasts a 3.96 GPA. And with 10 offers already on the table there are bound to be many more to come in the near future.

Glackin tells me that he is planning on attending a Junior Day at WVU during his spring break and that he keeps in touch with WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson on a regular basis. He also plans on taking visits to Western Michigan, Northwestern, Duke, Indiana, Stanford, and Oregon.

Despite being proud to get an offer from West Virginia the Mountaineers have competition for the talented linebacker. Being at the IMG Academy has put Jango in more of a spotlight and schools across the country are starting to take notice.

Both Jango and his father Greg tell me that he plans on making his college decision no later than late July and that once that decision is made it will remain firm. Jango is rated a 4 star by BGS, you can see his recruiting profile here.


Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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