Jayke Simsheuser knows the stereotype of the entitled athlete. A standout both on the field and in the classroom at one of Kansas City’s most prestigious private schools, it would be to no one’s surprise if the 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior was just another example.
The surprise may be that he isn’t.
“It boggles my mind that there are people who think I’m good enough that they are going to pay for my future,” he trails off, the wonder evident in his voice. “It’s surreal. It’s a total honor.”
Simsheuser picked up his second offer this week, as Florida Atlantic made the call from Fort Lauderdale to the Hawklets tight end.
“I talked to Coach Allen, the tight ends coach down there,” Simsheuser said. “I had called him on Sunday, and he let me know they were having meetings on Monday. He said they were probably going to offer.”
The Owls staff talked with another Kansas City TE prospect the same day. Scott Schaffner, a First-Team All-Conference selection in 2012, happens to be a friend of Simsheuser.
“I was talking to Scotty from Ray-Pec, and he got an offer from them, too. Coach Allen told me that, depending on how their roster shakes out, they might take two tight ends.”
“Scotty and I have been texting, and we are going to work out together this summer. If they take one, they are going to take the best tight end available, so there is a little friendly competition there.”
It’s not every day a Division I program in The Sunshine State offers a prospect from Missouri. Simsheuser sought FAU out himself, but he has yet to see the campus.
“I sent them my game film, and told them I was interested,” he said. “They had asked me to come down for Junior Day, but it just didn’t work out. I told them I will be down now that they’ve offered me. Coach told me they have a policy they won’t accept a commitment from anyone that hasn’t visited.”
Simsheuser has already done his research on Florida Atlantic. And in keeping with his priorities, their academics are what have his attention.
“That’s one of the things I love about FAU,” Simsheuser said, the excitement clear in his voice. “They have a lot of majors I had never even thought about. Now, I can look at all these different things. I can be a marine biologist if I want to.”
A talented prospect with even greater potential off the field, Simsheuser would put a scholarship from FAU to good use. He already has an idea how.
“I know they have a medical school. I’m a Type-1 Diabetic, so being a pediatric endocrinologist, I could help kids that are in the same position I was in. If I can go to a school that will allow me to accomplish that goal, and accomplish my goals on the field, how much more can I ask for?”