RISING PROSPECT: Jake Seidel (2020)

Seckman offensive lineman turning heads of college coaches.

Jake Seidel, one of the state’s premier young linemen in the 2020 class, is drawing significant interest from high major programs after a solid sophomore season at Seckman.

At 6’4, 280-pounds Seidel brings an aggressive mentality to the field, finishes his blocks strong and shows terrific foot work for such a young player and says he works on that part of his game on a daily basis.

“College coaches say they really love that about me and notice it highly,” Seidel says.

A year ago, Seidel helped lead a young Seckman team while playing guard for the first time at the varsity level. He has since been working with Elite Football Academy in St. Louis to improve his pass sets and well as his run blocking technique as he transitions to playing tackle.

Seidel says his father and Seckman head coach Doug Baker have had the biggest influence on his football career to date.

“The most influential person in my life in general has to be my father, he has taught me so much of how to be a great man and to give 100 percent effort in anything I do and to never give up,:” Seidel says. “The most influential person in my high school football career has to be Coach Baker my head coach at Seckman. He has taught me to get one percent better everyday.

“He also helps me to make sure i perfect anything before i can perform it like squats, bench, power clean, or any workouts or football techniques. I think as Coach Baker as family.”

Seidel has spent much of the offseason competing at a host of camps and taking visits to several college campuses.

“It was great going on all of these major visits this summer to experience the recruiting process,” Seidel said. “Me and my father went away with learning a lot more than we already knew so I’m thankful for that. 

“I took away a lot of great advice about footwork from some of these top colleges that I can put towards my upcoming junior season. The combines/camps were very good for me to critique some of my run block as well as pass technique i think 1v1s at every camp were very good for me to do especially working into all three positions.”

Although he currently does not hold any offers, Seidel has drawn attention from a host of college programs, including Clemson, Louisville, Holy Cross, Mizzou, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Purdue, Michigan and several others. 

“I’m happy with the overall standings with the schools and I can’t wait to see what happens next for the upcoming season I do not have any offers at the moment which makes me grind harder and harder everyday,” Seidel says. “The coaches and I are very excited to see my highlight tape at the end of the year. Also most of the schools will be visiting my high school during/after my junior season which i am excited for.”