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BYU football recruiting: Per report, ATH Jackson McChesney is Cougars' first 2017 commit

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According to a report, a supreme athlete has become the first 2017 recruit to verbal to BYU football.

Jackson McChesney at The Opening in Salt Lake City.
Jackson McChesney at The Opening in Salt Lake City.
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The Cougars boast several commits for their 2016 recruiting class, but that doesn't mean they aren't looking even further ahead. Now, BYU has its first commit of the 2017 class, according to ESPN 960 host Ben Criddle:

McChesney is a 5-foot-11, 177-pound athlete who preps at Lone Peak High School (Utah). McChesney plays running back and safety for the Knights, but carries an elite athleticism that could put him nearly anywhere on the field.

McChesney recorded one of the best Nike SPARQ tests in the country for the 2017 class. SPARQ tests measure an athlete's speed, vertical leap, agility and power. Here are the highlights of those official, verified numbers, which can be viewed on the enlarged version of this article's photo:

40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds (99th percentile nationally)
Vertical leap: 36.3 inches (98th percentile)
TOTAL SPARQ SCORE: 123.24 (99th percentile)

247 Sports composite rating has him as a 3-star recruit with a rating of 85.56, which is currently top 10 in Utah for the 2017 class.

A prep comparison for McChesney might be Timpview's Britain Covey (now at Utah) -- an undersized, speedy, dynamic ball-handler (though McChesney has several inches on Covey). He is expected to serve a mission before playing.

Here are McChesney's highlights from 2014, which was his sophomore season.