Simsheuser Gearing Up For Summer
Jayke Simsheuser could get used to this recruiting stuff. "The whole experience has been really cool," the Rockhurst (MO) junior said. "Everywhere I've gone, they've treated me well and made me feel I could be a player there. Not everybody gets to go through this experience in high school, all these people wanting you." The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end prospect landed his first offer from Idaho in February. As he gears up for the summer, several other programs have invited the big receiver to their respective camps. "First and foremost, I think I need to focus on the things I have at school," he said, referring to summer conditioning and 7-on-7 work at Rockhurst. "I'm going to be a senior next year, and I have every intention of leaving as a state champion. I'm pretty busy with stuff here, but I'm planning to head to the camps and combines I can get out to." "I've talked to Coach Kevin Kane at Northern Illinois," he said of the Huskies assistant. "I think they have a camp in Saint Louis I'm going to go to. I might go to Mizzou's camp at William Jewell in Kansas City. I'm going to Kansas, Coach Grunhard and Coach Blasko both want me there." Simsheuser has also heard from the staff at Minnesota. "Coach Miller wants me to come up there," he said of the Gophers assistant. "I'm still trying to get some things finalized and might be able to get some more camps in." The Hawklets playmaker knows what he's looking for as he hits the recruiting trail this summer. "I want to go somewhere I'm wanted, where I walked in the door and they showed it. Wherever I go, I want to be great, and I want to go to a school that will allow me to do that." Simsheuser is looking for a program that will give him more than an opportunity to shine on the field. Opportunity in the classroom will be key in his decision. "I've emphasized before education is what I'm looking at," he said. "It's important to me. It's cool to see those guys that make it to the NFL, and I'd love to do that. But like I've said a million times, education is where it's going to lie." "I want to be challenged both on the field and in the classroom, because you are a student-athlete, not just an athlete."
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