Recruit Profile: Jason Brace

About 10 miles south of downtown Tacoma, Washington, somewhere in the long shadow of Mount Rainier, lies Spanaway, Washington, home to scholar athlete Jason Brace. TBS recently talked football and recruiting with the all-region prospect.

At 6'5" and 243 pounds, defensive end Jason Brace has one thing on his mind when he is on a football field – finding an opponent to hit.

"I got to hit a lot of people last year," he said. "I don't remember how many tackles, but I had a lot of tackles for loss."

He started as a junior for his Spanaway Lake High School Sentinels at both defensive end and offensive tackle. He earned all-league, all-area and all-region honors last season. Brace prefers the defensive side of the ball and that is the side he sees himself on in college.

But right now college is the least of his concerns. When TBS contacted Brace, he was in the middle of studying for a chemistry final. School does not get out until 15 June. Brace did say that he usually enjoys school, just not right now, during finals.

"I actually like chemistry," he said. "I was thinking of taking AP Chemistry next year, but I heard the teacher swamps you with homework and homework's no fun, especially during football season."

If he has less homework, he might devote some of that time to helping his Sentinels improve on their 5-5 record from last year. Brace said that they had three close games where the breaks did not go their way. He hopes they will next year.

Before then Brace will be looking to improve his pass rush tactics. He said that he had a good rush but needed to get more sacks. He will be able to work on that when his team heads to Central Washington for a football team camp. He also wants to improve upon his 4.9-second forty time.

If he does, Brace can be certain that he will more offers than the three he currently has – Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State. Some of the schools that have Brace on their radar screens are: Air Force, Boise State, BYU, Cal, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Washington State.

"I honestly don't have a top 5," Brace said when asked if he had preference of where he went. He also said that staying close to home was not that important.

He said that a BYU coach had come to see him play, but the coach couldn't talk to him due to recruiting restrictions. Brace is not Mormon and said that he is not too familiar with BYU.

Total Blue Sports will continue to follow Jason Brace, especially during his season to see how his team is doing and how far he is on the recruiting trail.

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