Jamaine Leverett knows what it means to lead. In 2009, as a junior, he led Booker High School's (Sarasota, FL) Varsity football team as the starting quarterback. He threw for 1900 yards and 14 TD's and ran for 5 more. Jamaine's team admittedly did not have a great record but he is at the IMG Academy football program as part of his plans to turn that around. He is eager to return to his team to lead them in off season workouts and share with them the knowledge he's gained from his week's stay.
At IMG to work on his fundamentals, Jamaine recognizes this is the key to consistency for him. Although a seemingly successful season for him personally, he was "good half the time and just okay the other half of the time. I need to improve that and be more consistent." Jamaine feels like he has improved upon that while at IMG. Through instruction and repetition, he is improving his fundamentals and in turn building confidence. Aside from the fundamentals work, he is here to simply play more to reach a point where things become natural and intuitive and he is reacts quicker in game situations rather than hesitating to think.
Jamaine is a big fan of the instruction he is receiving on the field and off. "The coaches here are great. They know their stuff. I can relate to what Coach Weinke is saying and the way he teaches it to you. I can understand it better than I was before." As an Academy camper, he is also getting to experience the Athletic & Personal Development program where he is most impressed by the vision training. "I didn't even know you could do that- make the muscles in your eyes stronger. And its stuff I can keep doing to keep improving."
Sad to leave, Jamaine wishes he could stay longer. But he needs to return to his teammates, lead them in workouts, and show them the improvements he is making for their sake. "I need to be there; to be the first one in the weight room and the last one out." He also said that one of the biggest things his team is working on is simply spending more time together to improve unity and chemistry making Jamaine's plan to turn Booker's season around from last year a three part plan: improving himself, leading his team, and "just hanging out."