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Palatine’s 2018 CB/S Jake Moertl talked his current offers, other programs showing serious interest and I also got head coach Corey Olson’s thoughts on Moertl.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 178 lbs
LPI: What are doing this offseason to get ready for the season and take your game to the next level? Were you in any other sports?
JM: During the offseason I was on Tom Nelsons 7 on 7 team as well as working out with him. I was also in basketball and baseball so I stayed active. I focused on getting stronger and faster in the weight room and then on the field training with Tom Nelson and some of my teammates.
LPI: You currently have offers from Illinois State and Butler. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
JM: I believe my instincts are my best attribute, I play without second guessing myself and very aggressive. Also my physicality with receivers in coverage as well as in defending the run. I also take pride in my knowledge for the game and understanding concepts as well as being a leader on and off the field.
LPI: Besides the schools that have offered, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
JM: University of San Diego, Davidson, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State and Grand Valley State University.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits set?
JM: I recently took a visit to the University of San Diego, South Dakota State, Illinois State, and Butler. I plan on visiting ISU for a gameday visit, along with Butler and Grand Valley State.
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?
Carson Walker – He has started on varsity for three years and knows how to win. He’s a natural born leader that is respected by all his teammates and coaches. He works unbelievably hard in the weight room as well as on the field. He deserves more attention and offers from schools because of his work ethic, leadership, and talent.
Johnny O’Shea – He has multiple offers but I believe he deserves more attention. He’s started on varsity for three years. He’s a three sport athlete and is one of the best players on each of those teams. He makes catches that other receivers dream of making. He has a great leadership quality that everyone respects. Johnny’s work he puts on in the weight room is outstanding, he pushes myself and our other teammates to be the best player each one of us can be.
Bryan Smith – He also has multiple offers but he deserves more attention because of his talent. He’s a very tall and strong kid that knows how to play defense as well as offense. His understanding for the game is very high which will serve him well at the next level. His strength alone creates problems for the other team. Bryan works hard on and off the field to be the best teammate he can be.
Jesus Salinas – He doesn’t get talked about much but he deserves to. Jesus works hard everyday without drawing attention to himself. The way he works without drawing attention to himself is unreal. He’s incredibly strong, fast, and physical. Colleges need to give him a look because of the kind of kid he is as well as his talent on the field.
Jack Orlando – He’s a lengthy receiver who knows how to make plays when the ball is in his hands. He creates problems for the other team when he gets the ball because of his elusiveness. Jack deserves more interest from schools because of his knowledge for the game as well as his talent on the field.
Palatine Head Coach Corey Olson on Moertl on and off the field
“Jake is a high character kid, vocal leader, very confident, great student and community member.