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Jacob’s 2018 OG/OC Jimmy Wormsley is a 4 year varsity starter that picked up his first offer from Southern Illinois recently. We talked his offseason training at Davis Speed Center and EFT Academy, his upcoming camp/visit plans and FBS schools showing serious interest in him.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 297 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing any other sports?
JW: Currently I am going to Davis Speed Center in Crystal Lake three days a week working on speed, agility and strength in addition to my lifting at school for football. On Sundays I go to EFT in Deerfield to work on lineman specific position drills as well as get live one on one pass blocking drills against great competition. I was a three sport athlete freshman year doing wrestling and track as well but now I feel for us to reach our goals of being a state championship team that I need to be visible and vocal daily to be an effective leader at our offseason lifting workouts at school. I may still wrestle senior year after the recruiting process has played out. I started wrestling when I was five years old and miss the physical part of the sport.
LPI: You recently picked up your first offer from Southern Illinois. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
JW: I feel that one of my biggest strengths is the intensity and the attitude that I play the game with. I fight for my teammates from play one until the end of the game no matter what the score is. In addition my foot speed and technique has improved greatly since freshman year. I feel run blocking is a definite strength for me and my pass blocking has improved a great deal. I have great arm length and reach for an interior lineman which also helps in pass blocking. I also feel I bring a great bit of experience and football intelligence with me. I am a four year varsity starter that has not missed a snap in practice or a game since day one. My work ethic is definitely something I take pride in.
LPI: Besides Southern Illinois, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
JW: I have serious interest right now from a lot of schools. There have been a ton of schools coming in to Jacobs this spring. I am in contact with coaches regularly from Ball State, Bowling Green, University of Illinois, Illinois State, Western Illinois, Northern Illinois, Colgate, Columbia, Army and Purdue.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
JW: Over spring break I visited Illinois, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Western Illinois and Northern Illinois. I also visited Ball State prior to that. I am going to determine where I am at the end of the May evaluation period and with my Coach and parents decide if and where I am going to camp this summer based on interest.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
JW:I feel that my biggest strength as a leader is the example I provide every day with hard work. I have been a team captain and leader for two years now and would fight to the end for any of the guys on my team. Some weekends I get the lineman together to do some additional work outside of practice that Coach Mitz says we need to get better at. I lead the line on the field if there are any questions. I am really lucky to be surrounded by good teammates that want to win and have similar goals to me.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
JW: I feel we have a very talented team returning with a lot of kids that can play college football. We are really excited about this season and everyone is working hard to win a state championship. Just speaking for the senior class I feel that Loren Strickland is a great running back and an outstanding athlete that is a returning all conference player, David Butros is another very fast elusive running back, Eric Schutt is a great pass rusher that 17 sacks last season, Trevor Fitzsimmons is another great athlete with ballhawking ability, Cade Purifoye is another big physical lineman for us, Tyson Pachniak is a very strong and physical linebacker for us, John Farrissey is a great wide receiver and returning all conference player, Jakarie Bland is a great cover cornerback and outstanding athlete, Kaiden O’Connor is a strong and physical linebacker for us, Dylan Demuth is a very athletic and football smart lineman and Jermaine Maegdlin is another outstanding wide receiver for us. I feel all could play at the next level and have all been overlooked up to this point.