Coachspeak: Coach Clompton On Poole

Jaboree Poole is the latest to commit to Southern Miss. GoldenEaglePride.com talked with his coach, Tommy Clompton of Brookhaven High to find out about what the Eagles will be getting in the defensive end.

Jaboree Poole is the type of player the Eagles have developed into stars in the past. Though he may not be the biggest name out of High School, Southern Miss believes he can develop into a quality defensive end at the next level.

We talked with Coach Tommy Clompton to find out more about the newest Eagle commit.

"Probably Jaboree's biggest strength is his motor," Coach Clompton said. "He has a motor that runs extremely high. He runs wide open every snap and doesn't take a play off.

"He's a good technician of the game, he plays fundamentally sound with a low pad level. But, it is just that motor and that constant get after it that really separates him from some of the other guys."

Poole played defensive end for Brookhaven, and Clompton believes he could be there or could adjust to another position if needed.

"It just really depends on what they decide to do with him and how much weight they put on him," he said. "He's good enough with his hands to play inside, but he's probably best suited now to play outside.

"I know he likes playing anywhere, but the thing about Jaboree is that he is a team player. He's going to do whatever is best for Southern Miss."

One of the best assets of Poole is his character.

"I've been here for three months and from day one he's the guy when you walk in the locker room he's always smiling and is 'yes sir, no sir,' he said.

"He doesn't take a rep off, doesn't let his teammates take a rep off. He's always on time, always doing the things he's supposed to be. I haven't encountered anyone who is not a Jaboree Poole fan.

"Everyone I know is looking forward to seeing him at the next level and looking forward to him having a great senior season."

Clompton believes he'll be a great fit for the Golden Eagle system as well.

"That is something that will help him, just the competition he'll face day in and day out at Southern Miss," he said. "Getting to go against other great players that will challenge him and the individual coaching he'll get there at Southern Miss will be great.

"If he redshirts or doesn't, he'll find where he fits in, and will get bigger, grow and mature there. His maturity level is already very high, and he'll fit right in with the defense they are bringing there.

"With his ability to get after QB's and play at a high level, he'll be fun to watch at Southern Miss."

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