Essence of a Fullback

We have seen the importance of the fullback in various offenses over the last couple of years, none more evident than in Urban Meyer's offense last season. When the offense was struggling early in the season, Meyer and staff decided to use Billy Latsko as a lead blocker. Jeremiah Schwartz may fit that mold.

In the SEC Championship game against Arkansas, Latsko made one of the most perfect clear-out blocks you'll ever see. The result, Percy Harvin broke free for a long touchdown run and the rest was history.

If you could build your own fullback, you would want him to be right around 5-11 with a low center of gravity. This would be an ideal size to be able to stay low and get leverage on linebackers at the point of attack. He would need to weigh anywhere from 228-pounds to 240-pounds.

Our fullback would also need to have the ability to break tackles as well as be able to catch the ball out of the backfield. Strength for our fullback is a must, so let us say he can bench 325-pounds, power clean 335-pounds and squat over 400-pounds.

In review, we need a fullback who has deceptive quickness, great feet, exceptional power, runs with great pad level, excels at blocking and is a receiving threat out of the backfield. I give you Jeremiah Schwartz.

Schwartz, from Orlando Edgewater is a 5-10, 228-pound wrecking ball of a fullback. As a junior, he rushed for 1,245 yards and 23 touchdowns. Schwartz took time to update us on his recruiting as well as his spring game against Lake Gibson High School this past Friday night.

"I had a pretty good game," Schwartz said. "I ran for over 200 yards with one touchdown on 20 carries. We lost 47-35 but we played a lot of younger people in the second half. It was good to get back out on the field and play. Kansas State, South Florida and Northwestern coaches came down to watch the game."

Schwartz holds offers from Colorado and Virginia at this time. Kansas State, South Florida and Northwestern are all close to offering and after his performance in the spring, more could be on the way.

"Hopefully Florida will offer after I go to their camp in early June and show them what I can do," he said. "I can run between the tackles and have great vision with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield on flat screens."

Last season Schwartz played mostly fullback at 245-pounds; this year he is at 228-pounds and will play mostly the tailback position.

"Coach Strong talked to me the other day about getting me down to the June camp and just wanted to see how things were going," Schwartz said.

Schwartz attended the Orange and Blue game and had a chance to catch up with Florida running back Coach Stan Drayton.

"I talked to Coach Drayton," Schwartz said. "He seemed like a real down to earth guy. The game was amazing, it was just a different atmosphere all together."

Schwartz has been keeping up with football in the state of Florida for as long as he can remember.

"Growing up basically I would watch Florida, Florida State and Miami. As I got older I started to focus more on the Gators and with Lorenzo Edwards heading down to Gainesville it all just seems to make sense. It seems to be the best fit for me."

Lorenzo Edwards and Jeremiah Schwartz have been the best of friends since elementary school.

"At Florida it's not all just about football. It's also a great academic school as well."

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