Jett flying to Iowa for football
Wildcats defensive tackle signs with William Penn University
"Awesome" was the first word Cassville coach Lance Parnell used to describe Dalton Jett's play for his Wildcats.
"Dalton has a big motor, goes a 100 miles per hour and plays with a chip on his shoulder," Parnell said. "He is everything a coach wants in a player."
Jett will aim to please a new coach next fall, as he has signed a national letter of intent to play at William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
"He is quick on his feet and for his size," Parnell said. "You can't coach speed. Dalton never quit on a play. He was that solid guy in the middle of our defense."
Listed at 6-1, 220 pounds, Jett earned all-state, district and conference honors as a senior.
Over his last two seasons at Cassville he totaled 86 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, four sacks and recovered three fumbles.
A couple of schools contacted Jett, but only William Penn was serious.
"William Penn was really the only school that showed enough interest in me [to offer a scholarship]," Jett said. "I went up there for a visit and immediately felt like it was the school for me. They were friendly, and it felt like home."
Jett recalled his most frustrating moment of his career coming when he got hurt in Week 1 against Aurora this season.
"It was horrible not getting to play with my brothers," Jett said. "I learned to appreciate my playing time when I came back."
Parnell said that when Jett came back, the Wildcats' defense immediately got better.
"Dalton makes plays when he is in the game," he said. "He was the emotional leader on our team."
Jett becomes the sixth Wildcat player to be added to a school in the Heart of America Athletic Conference along with Cade Pendergraft Justin Pflug, Joseph Gouvion, Josh Carlton and Hayden Prater.
The senior offered some sage advice to the younger players who might be considering going to college to play football.
"Everything begins with hard work," he said. "You have to be committed to getting better, and you can't go through your preparation half-hearted. To be successful you have to give it your all."
Jett is the son of Tracy Dirk and Dale Jett.