Yesterday tight end Jake Elfers announced he had committed to Cincinnati as a walk-on. Elfers standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 225-pounds is a local kid out of Loveland (OH) High School. Elfers says he was receiving offer from smaller Division II schools until UC came along.
"There's no dollar amount or any scholarship that anyone could give me that would compare to the opportunity and experience that I will have at UC. I'm a really lucky kid," Elfers said.
"Having the opportunity to play football for the University of Cincinnati means a lot to me," he explained. "Like you said I'm a local kid. UC is one of those football teams that grow up watching and dreaming about playing for one day. Being blessed with the opportunity to live out that dream of playing big time football in my hometown is something very special and is something that means a lot to me personally."
Elfers is not only excited about the opportunity to live out a dream but also the opportunity to continue playing in front of family and friends. "Playing for UC was an opportunity that I simply could not pass up. When they reached out to me I was very excited about the opportunity," he said. "I will be studying engineering at a fantastic institution while playing football for a team in front of all my friends, fans and family. That combination is something that I simply cannot pass up."
Elfers was a important piece of his Loveland Tigers team, not only in the pass game but also with some really important blocks. He finished his senior season leading the team with 27 catches for 290 yards, five touchdowns, helping Loveland capture the Division II Ohio State Championship.
"Winning the state title was the ultimate way to go out and close the book on my high school career. A state championship is something that is very special and is going to be treasured by our class and this town for a very long time," Elfers said. "It means a lot to stamp the senior class of 2014 into Loveland High School history forever. That title is something that can never be taken away from us."
As a walk-on Elfers not really looking to hit the field right away. He tells Insider his plans for the upcoming year. "I have no concerns in terms of playing right now. I will be red-shirting my freshman year, using that time to get bigger, stronger and develop myself into a Division I football player," he explained. "There's no telling what the future has in store for me, so depending on how I develop, the coaches will evaluate me from there. I just want to help the team anyway I can as soon as possible."
Whenever Elfers does hit the field for UC, except to get a big target for the quarterback and some blocking lanes for the running blocks. "Except to see a blocking-hybrid tight end," Elfers said. "Primarily I'm used for making holes for my running backs to get through, but I'm a big target and it is easy to get me the ball in traffic, especially in a quick passing game.