Beginning Sunday, I will be running a daily Senior Spotlight about our 8 seniors. Each day will highlight a senior and some of the accomplishments he has made throughout his high school career. The highlights will be run on the website with graphics also posted on Twitter and the Instagram account.
Jakob joined the Clipper baseball team this year as a senior having not played baseball since junior high. Jakob joined as a pitcher only after being the Clippers starting quarterback the last three years. Despite being very raw with his mechanics, Jakob has raw arm strength combined with pure athletic ability. This combination, along with the willingness to listen to everything our pitching coach Josh Saverko said, allowed Jakob to show drastic improvement every day he took the mound in practice and he surely would’ve provided quality innings for the Clippers this season.
Jakob has had an excellent career as a Clipper athlete. He was a four year starter on the football team. His freshman season he started at both cornerback and safety starting midway through the season. As a sophomore he took over at quarterback culminating with an outstanding senior season both running and passing. Additionally, he was the starting outside linebacker for the Clippers in 2019 having a great year helping lead a very stout defense. Jakob earned all EOAC, all NE Inland District, all Columbiana county and all state awards for his 2019 season. With his football accomplishments Jakob was offered, and accepted, a scholarship to continue his football career at NCAA Division II Wheeling University in Wheeling West Virginia.
What Coach Wolf says:
“I have seen a lot of growth from Jakob throughout his high school career, especially his senior year. Jakob became a true leader on the football team with his play and his ability to get others around him to raise their game. I had the honor of coaching him as a defensive back for three years before he moved to linebacker and he was one of the most cerebral players I have ever had. He was a true student of the game and understood more than most, the intricacies it takes to play the game of football. I was very excited when he told me he wanted to join the baseball team and the effort that he put forth once he made the decision was exceptional. The strides Jakob has made in his development both athletically and as a person give me no doubt that he will be a very successful player at Wheeling University and I wish him the best of luck.”
You can also check out previous senior spotlights here:
Sunday April 19th: Hunter Zentner
Monday April 20th: Quenton Cross
Tuesday April 21st: Matt Mazei