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Westlake (Waldorf, MD) standout Jared Fagan is one of the fastest players in the state. In addition to playing running back and cornerback for head coach Dominic Zaccarelli, the 5-10, 165 pound Fagan is also a track star.

Fagan, who is third in the line of running backs in his family, is a game breaker once he gets into the open field.

“Jared comes from a family of three running backs, and he is the best one,” said Zaccarelli. “One of his brothers went to Troy State while another went to Alabama A&M. Jared has tremendous speed, which is his strength. His best time was 10.42 in the 100 meters during a Northern Virginia track meet at TC Williams. That was timed electronically. He’s the state champion in the 100 meters.

“His speed is great on defense because he can catch almost anyone from behind. If someone breaks away, we are always likely to be able to keep playing defense because of Jared. On offense, nobody is going to catch him once he gets into the open field. We like to get him the ball in open space because he is so explosive.”

Very effective on both sides of the ball, Fagan is being recruited as an “athlete.” Zaccarelli, however, believes Fagan’s best days ahead are on defense.

“Jared led the team in interceptions the last two years,” said Zaccarelli. “He has nine interceptions [over the past two years] and returned two of those for touchdowns. Everybody has him listed as an athlete, but I think his strength is in the secondary. He can play cover corner, but I don’t like to put that label on him because it indicates that he can’t tackle. Jared has made many nice open field tackles over the past two years. He can play the physical style of defense.”

Two schools – Virginia Tech and Boston College – have officially offered Fagan. He attended camp at Boston College, but really favors the Hokies at this point in the recruiting process. Though things could change, Zaccarelli believes that his star may decide sometime over the next two months.

“He has two official offers from Virginia Tech and Boston College,” said Zaccarelli. “He went to Boston College’s camp this summer, but he has a real strong interest in Virginia Tech. I’m not sure if it hurts him because he has been very up front about his interest in Virginia Tech, and that may or may not scare teams away. I expect more offers for him once the season starts.

“I think he wants to go down to Virginia Tech to see the campus and watch one of their early games.