COSTA MESA, Calif. -- His high school career ended just two months ago and yet Jared Bubak's experience at Semper Fi All-American Bowl practices this week is unlike anything he's experienced on the football field.
For starters, Bubak is playing a new position for the very first time, and it's about as significant a change as any player can make. The last two seasons he's played quarterback at Lincoln Christian High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Now, he's working at the tight end position, including operating from a 3-point stance.
Bubak is making this transition going up against some of the best football players in the country. It's quite a bit different than the talent in his home state, where he's the No. 1 ranked prospect by Scout.
"It was awesome," Bubak said of the competition. "Seeing all this great talent and going against them. It was a little bit of a wake up call but it's going to be a really fun week."
Not only is the position itself different, but so is Bubak. In the last several months he said he's added about 20 pounds in order to be able to handle the rigors of the tight end position at the college level. Now Bubak looks the part, at 250 pounds, but is having to adjust to playing not only at a new position, but with a different physique.
Arizona State coach Todd Graham said he hardly recognized Bubak when the mid-year signee visited campus a few weeks ago on his official visit. Bubak has just one week left of high school when he returns home from the Semper Fi Bowl before he'll move to Tempe.
"That's exactly why I wanted to graduate early," Bubak said. "Just because I've never really played tight end. Just getting in their, learning the blocking techniques, getting all those little things down before the other freshmen come in."
Route running comes a lot easier than the blocking technique he'll have to learn over the coming months and years.
"Oh yeah, definitely," he said. "I played receiver freshman and sophomore year, so I know how to do the routes and everything. But definitely the blocking and getting all that stuff down is very technical stuff."
Fortunately for Bubak he'll have a veteran to learn from, as ASU multi-year starter Kody Kohl will return for his senior season in the fall.
"He's a great player," Bubak said. "I can't wait just because he's really experienced. Learning everything from him, he's a great guy, I love talking to him and it's going to be really fun."