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Siwicki Recruiting Finally Gaining Momentum
Jacob Siwicki has endured a long road this season. He has overcome numerous obstacles and has finally started to receive some of the appreciation he has earned on the field. Most would think that a player starting for one of the top programs in the country and in front of two other running backs that have multiple FBS offers would have more offers. Most would also think that a player that leads the highly recognized and heralded WCAC in rushing yards (1,031) and touchdowns (17) would have several offers from the highest level of college football. Certainly a player standing 6 feet tall, weighing 215 pounds, benching 280 pounds, squatting 480 pounds, running a 4.56 forty and a 3.94 pro shuttle has to have offers from several FBS schools around the country. For Siwicki that isn't the case and quite frankly, not only is it hard to figure out, it just doesn't make sense. But Siwicki isn't going to let that stop him in his quest to play at the highest level. Nothing has stopped him so far and this certainly won't either. "I am proud of what I have achieved," said Siwicki. "I came from another school out of state and started practice at DeMatha as the 5th string tailback. By the second game I worked my way up to starting tailback. I ended up leading the conference in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. I was happy with how my season went." Although Siwicki received All-Conference recognition, it was another honor that Siwicki received that was very gratifying and that was being invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl. He talks about his experience. "Practicing all week and playing with all the best players in the region was awesome. It was a learning experience for sure. The holes that opened up here closed much quicker than in high school. This game prepared me for what it will be like in college. Everything in college is much faster with bigger, stronger players." Since the season finished Siwicki has seen his recruiting gain some momentum and he now has five offers including some prestigious academic schools. "I have five offers now. Columbia, Colgate, Valparaiso, Marist and Lafayette have offered me. I am definitely grateful to get on offer from some great schools. Academics are very important to me because football will not be forever. I would like to try and make the NFL but even so the average career is between two and three years. I need to study hard and get a good degree for a career after football." Although Siwicki is appreciative of the offers he has received he would like a chance to play at the FBS level and it is more than just him wanting to say he played FBS football like many players. "I want to go on a full scholarship because I feel like my parents have invested enough in my football for me. They have paid for me to go to many camps and combines. They also paid for me to go to one of the finest private schools. I would like it if they didn't have to pay anymore for me." Siwicki hopes that the recruiting momentum he has right now will continue and he will compare his opportunities and find the best fit. "The school I choose will be based on a few factors. The campus feel, the size of the school, the fan support, the offensive scheme and my opportunity to play are all important to me. The scholarship I receive will be very important too."
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