#11 St. Christopher’s WR Justin Jasper (Photo: St. Christopher’s Athletics)
Lehigh offers Deshun Mickens of Hylton and Justin Jasper of St. Chris’
by John Harvey, recruit804
Every receiver dreams of hauling in a touchdown pass in the final seconds to win a game.
C.D. Hylton’s Deshaun Mickens and St. Christopher’s Justin Jasper could have the opportunity after locking up offers from Lehigh University Friday May 26.
“This is a really exciting offer,” said Jasper. Lehigh has been the top program in the patriot league for the past couple years, and they love to throw the ball.”
The Black Hawks won the Patriot League in 2016 with a 6-0 record and finished the regular season with a 9-3 mark and reached the first round of the NCAA playoffs. Coach Andy Coen’s team averaged nearly 39 points and 484 yards a game offensively. They were especially efficient through the air, averaging nearly 325 yards through the air.”
That mindset suits Mickens just fine. The 6-foot-3 wideout averaged nearly 20 yards a reception last season at Hylton and was the primary target in the passing game, particularly in the redzone.
“Lehigh coaches and I have been in constant contact,” Mickens said. “We’ve talked on the phone several times about how much of an impact I could have if I come to Lehigh and how pumped all the coaches are about me.”
“They love my frame and how it’s exactly what they are looking for,” Mickens said. “They like what I can do with the ball and how I make plays and go up and get the ball. They project me to really play a big role at wide receiver, catching the ball a lot and making plays. The throw the ball all over the field and I really like that.”
The second-team, all-conference selection for the Bulldogs now has seven college offers, including Howard, University of Virginia-Wise, Cornell, Morgan State, Kent State and Monmouth.
“It means a lot to get this offer,” Mickens said. “Things are really starting to take off for m and to add this offer to the list shows how much hard work I’ve been putting in. An offer like this gives me great momentum going into this camp season because a lot of coaches are really starting to recognize my skills and that makes me want to perform at a higher level when I go to these camps to show them that I’m the real deal.”
Jasper is another big-play target looking for an opportunity to showcase his skills at the next level. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior wide out caught 45 passes for 664 yards and eight touchdowns for the Saints last season to earn all-Prep league and second-team, all-state selection.
Like Mickens, Lehigh identified Jasper as a nice fit for their system.
“The Lehigh recruiter had come down to see me early this month,” Jasper said. “After going back to campus and having the staff evaluate my film, they decided to offer. They liked my size and ball skills and really thought I could help fill the void left by two graduating seniors.”
Jasper now has 11 offers, including the Air Force Academy, Delaware, Richmond, United States Military Academy at West Point, Penn, Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Dartmouth.
This summer, he’s expected to make visits to Harvard, the United States Naval Academy, Princeton, Delaware, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and James Madison University.
– John Harvey