Former West Orange head football coach Bob Head predicted a few years ago that Jaylon “J.C.” Carlise was going to break out.
That time has come for Carlise, who recently earned scholarship offers from UCF and Miami on the same day to give him 14 total Football Bowl Subdivision offers.
Carlise was invited to tour the UCF campus earlier this month, so he figured a scholarship offer might be in the near future. He was right, and once he heard the words the Winter Garden West Orange receiver was quite excited.
UCF offered Carlise on June 3 and he also received an offer from Miami that day, which made for a nice cap to the weekend for the speedy two-sport star, who was part of the West Orange 4x100-meter relay on the Warriors’ track team this spring.
“It feels good. I like that the hometown school is showing love to a lot of people in the area and recognizing good talent around the area,” Carlise said. “It wasn’t really a surprise since we had been talking a lot over the past couple of weeks, and once they invited me to the campus, I couldn’t tell it was coming, but I knew it was close. Once they told me, I was very excited.”
He was offered by UCF’s Central Florida-area recruiter Jeff Lebby, quarterback coach, during his visit and he also had a chance to meet head coach Josh Heupel, among other staff members, which Carlise said surprised him a bit.
“Honestly I didn’t expect to see him at all,” Carlise said of Heupel. “I just expected to talk to Coach Lebby and some of the other coaches and that was all, but I talked to [Heupel] one-on-one and I liked that a lot.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Carlise, who also has offers are from schools like Purdue, Maryland, FAU, and Cincinnati, said track and field could also play a part in his college decision process, but that it won’t keep him from considering UCF, even though the Knights do not have a men’s track team.
He’s very athletic and recorded a long jump of 22 feet, 1.75 inches recently. The West Orange 400-meter relay team was also No. 1-ranked in the state at one time this spring.
“That’ll probably play a good factor, because I do want to continue track in college,” Carlise said, “but it probably won’t work against UCF.”
Carlise said he was pretty pumped to get offers from UCF and Miami on the same day. He’ll attend a Miami camp this coming weekend.
“Yeah, it was a pretty exciting day in our household,” said Carlise, who said he figures to wait until after the upcoming football season to make his college decision.
Carlise said he and his teammates have embraced the new coaching staff at West Orange under Dee Brown after former head coach Bob Head was let go following issues relating to reported domestic situation this past spring.