Every high school football player begins the first week of the high school season hoping to still be playing for a state title on the last one.
That's something that Milwaukee (WI) St. Francis High offensive lineman Jose Valdez (6-6, 305) will have a shot to do on Thursday night at 7 p.m. when his 12-1 team takes on Sturgeon Bay (11-2) for the Division 4 state title at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
"This whole season has been like a dream and we've put in the work to win it all," Valdez said of the school's first-ever trip to the championship game. "Now it's just a matter of getting it done."
Valdez, one of the University of Arkansas' top offensive line prospects in this class, will most likely follow up the state title game with a couple of trips to Arkansas.
He and his brother are planning to drive to Little Rock for the Razorbacks' game with visiting LSU on the day after Thanksgiving and then he'll be coming to Fayetteville for an official visit on Dec. 3-5.
"That's the plan right now," Valdez said. "I'm looking forward to watching them play and checking out both places. It will be my first trip there, but I already know a lot about them because I have been checking into it and watching them on TV."
St. Francis sealed its berth in the state title game with a goal line stand that Valdez participate in during the closing seconds of last weekend's 14-7 win over Brodhead/Juda.
He celebrated that win by taking in the Green Bay Packers' win over Minnesota at Lambeau Field.
"It's just a very exciting time right now for me," Valdez said. "Making this run in the playoffs and thinking about where I am going to play in college. It's something else."
St. Francis head coach Doug Shriver told Scout.com that Valdez is working hard.
"Jose carries a 2.0 core but he has to get a passing score on his ACT," Shriver said. "That's all we are waiting on right now.
"You have to realize that Jose grew up and lives in a spanish speaking home and he struggled big time with the english part of his ACT," Shriver continued. "His science and math are fine but he has to get that english score up."
Although he has been contacting by several schools, Valdez says the only two he is focusing on right now are Arkansas and Northern Illinois.
Those two schools have offered while others such as Wisconsin, Indiana, Nebraska, Minnesota and Michigan have waited to see whether he will pass his ACT or not.
"It means a lot to me that Arkansas would go ahead and put that offer out there while all of these other schools are just kind of waiting around to see," Valdez said. "That's the kind of loyalty you repay."
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