Three for One With St. John's Jesuit

In 2004 the Bearcats added Marcus Waugh to its football program from St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo. This year UC might be looking to add another Titan while a third player is expected to enroll in Harmony Community School this fall.

Part I-  In 2004 Mark Dantonio went looking for toughness after completing his first season as the UC head football coach.  One of his stops took him to St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio where he saw a hard nosed fullback that he thought fit perfectly into his run oriented offensive attack.  But no one could really know just how tough this kid was.

 

As a true freshman, Waugh blew out a knee in the final scrimmage of the preseason and missed the entire year, but the kid from Toledo isn't just physically tough.  He knew injuries were just a part of playing the game he loves so he set his mind and efforts on rehabbing the knee and competing for the starting fullback job in 2006.  That's what tough guys do. 

 

As a redshirt freshman last season, Waugh played in every game, mostly as a member of the special teams, but his toughness would be tested again.  The man that recruited him had left for Michigan State, and Marcus was left with an offense that seldom used a fullback.  The bright eyed kid waited to hear where he'd be utilized and looked forward to proving himself to the new staff.  Tough guys just want an opportunity. 

 

In the spring, Waugh began his position adventure-an exercise in both physical and mental toughness.  Marcus reversed his number from #35 to #53 and lined up at offensive center.  That experiment lasted a week or so, and then the 245 pounder returned to wearing #35 as he got a look at tight end.  He stayed at tight end throughout the remainder of spring practice but saw very little playing time in the Bearcat Bowl spring game.  Many high school all-stars would have left the program at that point, but in case you haven't noticed, Marcus is not like most. 

 

When summer practice begins in a few weeks, Waugh will get to experience life as a college defensive lineman, and he seems to be looking forward to the challenge.  He loves the University of Cincinnati and is determined to make the most of whatever opportunities present themselves.  The all-state high school linebacker and district Defensive Player of the Year is excited to be returning to the side of the ball where he recorded 266 tackles at St. John's Jesuit.  Tough guys love a challenge.

 

When I see Marcus Waugh, he seems to be the embodiment of the old saying-"Tough times don't last, but tough people do."  And make no mistake, Marcus is as tough as they come.

 

Part II-   St. John's Jesuit's 2006 quarterback was Sean Patterson Jr.  The star quarterback signed a LOI to play his college football for Ron McBride in Ogden,Utah and Weber State, but circumstances have brought the talented signal caller back to Ohio.  Bearcat Insider has information that Patterson will be enrolling at the Harmony Community School for the 2007 season.  Patterson has grown an inch and added 20 pounds of muscle since last season and will surely see renewed interest in his college recruitment.  We'll have more later.

 

Part III-  This season St. John's Jesuit has a defensive end that is getting some interest from the Bearcats.  Andrew Schaetzke is a 6' 4"/233 pound tight end/defensive end for the Titans and already has a scholarship offer from Frank Solich and Ohio University.

 

Schaetzke is being recruited by Bearcat defensive line coach, Keith Gilmore, and he attended a UC camp in June.  Schaetzke was impressed with what he saw.  "I was there on the last day of a three day camp that they had.  I loved the athletic complex.  It was awesome."  Andrew said he ran a 4.8 or 4.9 forty-yard-dash at the camp, but he also said he recorded a 4.2 shuttle run.

 

In addition to playing football, Schaetzke was a starting forward on the Titan district champion basketball team last season.  The 17-year-old is a good student with a estimated 3.3 GPA and reports a 24 on the ACT.


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