BEALLSVILLE - When it came to making his college decision, Beallsville standout Teryn Jarrett was torn between his two loves - basketball and football.
Muskingum University head basketball coach Gene Ford should be tickled to death that the Blue Devils' 1,230-point scorer chose basketball to continue his academic and athletic careers.
The 6-3 Jarrett, who also passed for more than 6,000 yards in a stellar 4-year career on the gridiron, selected basketball because he thinks its a batter fit for him.
"It was a very difficult decision to choose between the two sports," he admitted about his final decision.
"I love them both. I just think I can best compete at the college level in basketball over football."
Of course, going from high school to the collegiate level will take some work.
"I'll need to improve my game in a lot of different areas like defense and developing a jump shot," he said. "I'll also have to get quicker because the college game is a lot faster."
In addition to the New Concord-based Muskies, Ohio Athletic Conference programs Capital University and Otterbein University were in the picture for basketball. He actually got more offers in football, those coming from Muskingum, Marietta College, Allegheny College, Thomas More College and Bluffton College.
"Teryn is like a coach on the floor," Beallsville first-year head coach Casey Tolzda said. "He is a leader that knows the situations and does the things that you don't always see in the box score.
"He was successful because he put in the time and effort on his own. I know he'll be successful at whatever route he chooses."
He was all-Eastern District and all-OVAC his senior season when he averaged 23 points an outing. He participated in both the District 12 and OVAC All-Star games.
Jarrett, who was a 4-year starter in hoops, said he chose Muskingum for two reasons.
"The cost. It was the lowest, and Coach Ford," he said. "I think he's a great coach and I am really excited to play for him."
During his career, Jarrett led the Blue Devils to the Division VI regional semifinals his junior football season.
That winter, Beallsville put together a very fine 18-3 regular season on the hardwood.
"There are so many things I'll remember about my days at Beallsville," he admitted.
"All the people and friendships that I've been able to make, and all the great coaches I played for.
"If I had to pick out two most memorable moments, it would be our football and basketball seasons my junior year.
"I'm going to miss it a lot."
Of course, to be successful like Jarrett has, there has to be a support group.
"I attribute my success to my family," he allowed. "My mom and dad have supported me through everything and I wouldn't be where I am today without them. My dad being a coach made a huge difference because of me always being in the gym, and just loving the game of basketball.
"He taught me so much."
He also gave credit to his older sibling, Tori, who is playing collegiately for the Lady Muskies.
"She had so many great accomplishments that it pushed me to go above and beyond what she did."
In football, he finished with 2,424 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions his senior year.
Teryn, the son of Tara and Terry, plans on majoring in secondary education. He plans to teach high school history one day, and also coach the two sports he loves - basketball and football.
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