May 31, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Jaelen Sturgis

Jaelen Sturgis is a 5’9” 220lbs four-star junior running back from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, Louisiana. Sturgis is the 10th ranked running back in the state of Louisiana. Sturgis finished his junior year with 1,104 rushing yards with a 5.8 rushing average per carry, an average of 100.4 yards a game, and 11 touchdowns. Sturgis was rated a 9/10 in weight, 8/10 in agility, 9/10 in strength, 10/10 in hands, 10/10 in footwork, and 10/10 in vision. Sturgis is running back that reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones Drew who use to play in the NFL.


When did you start playing football and when did you start to love playing football?

I started playing football when I was five years old at Johnny Jacobs Playground. I was always around football ever since I could walk because of my dad who was coaching at the park, so when I was watching him coach that is when I started to love the game football.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

The lessons I have learned from the game of football are time management, how to be a leader, how to make the right decisions instead of the wrong decisions, putting your heart and effort into anything you do in life at 100%.

What kind of football player are you?

I am a go-getter and a hard worker. In general I am the spark because if I am up then the team is up, I just have to bring that energy into every game to motivate the guys.

What is the best game you have ever played in so far?

The best game I have every played in so far was just this past year against Riverside. In that game I had 220 yards and three touchdowns..

Do you have any hobbies outside of football?

I enjoy going fishing and fireworks.

What made you decide to be a running back?

Ever since I was a kid it was a dream of mine to score touchdowns, then when I had gotten older I started watching Leonard Fournette and it made me want to be just like him by imitating his game. That is what made start to love the running back position.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

My physical strength and I am light on my feet even though I am a big running back are my biggest strengths on the football field.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I need to work on my explosiveness especially hitting the holes and getting into open field. I was mad at myself because there are some runs that I just didn’t finish. So I need to get a lot faster.

What are your goals for your senior year?

As a team we got to get that ring by winning the ship, we haven’t gotten it yet. Our first goal is to win district and then go get that ring. For myself my goals are to get 1500 yards, 15 touchdowns, and overall just get better.