Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson did not need anyone to tell him what safety Jaiquawn Jarrett was capable of doing.

The two were college teammates at Temple and both were taken in the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft. While Wilkerson has flourished with the Jets Jarrett spent one full season with the Eagles who took him in the second round before getting cut.

The Jets signed Jarrett at the end of last year on a futures contract and he has turned heads in training camp. Yesterday he was with the starting defense after a strong game Friday night in Detroit.

“In the game guys on the sideline [were yelling] ‘Hey 37 coming up hitting’ ” Wilkerson said referring to Jarrett’s jersey number. “Everyone recognized it in the game.”

For Wilkerson it was a reminder of the player he knew at Temple. The Jets actually had Jarrett rated highly on their draft board but the Eagles took him first. In Philadelphia Jarrett never lived up to his reputation as a hard hitter and sure tackler. Before last season they let him go.

“It’s always difficult” Jarrett said about spending a year out of football. “You always go through obstacles in life so getting cut it was just so surreal. It made me understand and realize how the business is so I was just thankful for the opportunity that the Jets organization has given me.”