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2019 DE/OLB Jacob Secrest is a key cog to an impressive Wheaton North defense. We talked schools showing early interest in him, what he can bring to the table for a college program and also got head coach Joel Wardynski’s thoughts on Secrest.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 210 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this season? Also, do you play any other sports in the offseason?
JS: In order to take my game to the next level this year I really want to absorb as much knowledge as possible from the vast majority of seniors we have on our team. They are a great group of guys and I really look up to them. Yes, basketball in the winter then in then in the spring i throw for track.
LPI: Do you have any offers? If not, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
JS: No offers yet however North Central, Elmhurst, Indiana and Illinois Wesleyan have all showed interest.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set?
JS: No official visits yet however I have been lucky enough to go on tours and explore the facilities and campus of Ohio State. I am looking forward to planning many visits coming up the next few weeks.
LPI: What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
JS: The ability to be a great teammate. If you look at any successful team they all are brothers in arms and are willing to sacrifice anything for each other. Another attribute would be leadership and the nonstop will to win, pushing my teammates to get the greatness out of them.
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?
Jackson Gray – This kid can flat out play football. As a FS/SS he has an amazing nose for the football and his eyes and ability to read routes is top notch.
Antowon Tolbert At RB he is a beast out of the backfield. He has been hobbled this season with an ankle injury and is behind Sam Singleton on the Depth chart but you’ll hear his name a lot our senior season. I can easily compare him to Sweetness “Walter Payton” from his running style.
Our offensive line has been underrated coming into this season lead by J’kobi Grant. They are all steam plowing defenders out of the way making room for Sam Singleton to run. Not to mention they are all seniors.
Wheaton North Head Coach Joel Wardynski on Secrest on and off the field
“Jacob has big upside as a defensive end. This is a new position for him and he is getting better each day with technique. He has the length, motor & physicality to excel as a d-end. He is a high character kid who works hard in the classroom & weight room.”