Former IR standout Jarmon retires from Major League Baseball
One of the most highly touted athletes to ever play at Indian River High School is former football and baseball standout Jamie Jarmon, who not only lead the Indians to a 2011 DIAA State Championship on the gridiron but performed well enough on the baseball diamond to be selected in the second round (No. 83 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.
However, after less than three seasons into his professional baseball career playing for Short-Season Single-A Rangers’ affiliate the Spokane Indians, Jarmon has officially retired from baseball.
“I am for whatever makes Jamie happy and successful,” said Indian River head football coach Ray Steele. “He was a great football player and leader. I believe he will be a football star at the collegiate level.”
While Jarmon has not made an official statement regarding the decision, there is much speculation that his next move could be a possible football career at the University of Delaware.
UD Head Football Coach Dave Brock said he could not comment on the situation.
“I can’t comment,” he said. “Sorry — but the rules are the rules.”
Marquel Knight, Jarmon’s Indian River teammate on the 2011 state championship squad, also said he couldn’t comment on the specifics of the possible move, but said that if Jarmon is indeed pursuing football again, he believes it would be a good decision.
“I think it’s a great move for him,” said Knight. “He’s a great athlete — one of the best athletes I’ve played with. The shift from baseball to football — it’s gonna be nothing to him.”
Currently, Knight is working on his grades at Delaware State, with the hopes of getting back on the football field himself, which could be an interesting matchup to watch if Jarmon does in fact get on the field at UD eventually.
“It would be great,” said Knight about the potential matchup between two of the Indians’ most legendary gridiron stars. “Playing with him for so long and [to] get the opportunity to play against him there — [there] would be a lot of hype behind it.”
Current Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was also drafted by the Rangers in the same class as Jarmon and has since decided to pursue his football career instead. Winston was drafted 13 rounds after Jarmon (Round 15) and won the Heisman Trophy last year.
Before signing with the Rangers, Jarmon drew interest from the University of South Carolina to play both football and baseball.