December 26, 2011

2014 LB is one to watch

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With the football season having ended a few weeks ago, highlight films are beginning to make their way out and new underclassmen are starting to emerge as prospects to watch down the road. One such player in that category is Jackson (Ohio) sophomore Jacob Betschel. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect was a standout this past season at outside linebacker, recording 33 tackles, including eight for a loss, as well as four fumble recoveries.

"I pretty much met all of my expectations," said Betschel, of his sophomore season. "I really would have liked to have played offense and played tight end because that's my favorite position but I tore my labrum so I couldn't really do that, I will next year."

Betschel showed tremendous toughness playing through the injury and now is hoping that his hard work in the off-season will lead to a big junior season on the field next fall. Betschel outlined what he will be working to improve during the off-season as well as his strengths as a player.

"I have good foot work, I'm fast, strong, and I'm aggressive," he said. "I'm probably just working on getting stronger from my injury and keep getting faster."

Betschel's contributions on defense were a key part to Jackson's undefeated regular season and the young sophomore was excited to get his first taste of the playoffs.

"We went 10-0 this year and then made it to the second round of the playoffs and lost to Jonathan Alder," he said. "It's definitely different (from the regular season); the games are bigger and a lot more intense. It's definitely a different atmosphere and it makes you want to play harder."

On the recruiting front, things likely won't pick-up until the spring for prospects in the 2014 class but Betschel already has a group of teams that he would like to hear more from.

"Definitely Ohio State is my favorite team just because it's close to home," he said. "I like Oregon, I like their uniforms and stuff and they're just a good team too. I like Florida, I like Nebraska, and Texas. (All of those teams) win and they have good facilities."

Betschel added that he will hit the camp circuit hard over the summer with expected stops at Ohio State and the FBU camp with others certainly to be added to his schedule.

"I want to compete against the best athletes and show that I have a good attitude," he said.


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