Some thought the recruitment of Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller junior tight end Jake Hausmann could be a quick one with some of the early scholarship offers earned.
After a summer of checking out several programs, Hausmann has no reason to force the process.
“Right now I think I want to commit this spring or summer,” said Hausmann. “I don’t want to be dragging it on to my senior year and I don’t want to commit too early as I would like to see some schools. But I think it’s a good time in the spring or summer.”
What schools does the 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end still want to see?
“I want to go see Louisville and Kentucky,” he said. “I saw Wisconsin and Northwestern, but I really want to see as many schools as I can and no one is really out of the process right now as it’s pretty wide open.”
“I’ve been up there (Ohio State) a lot because of my parents and because my sister goes there,” he continued. “So I’m pretty familiar with the campus. But it’s always good to go up and talk with the coaches and the players as I have a really good relationship with them. So it’s pretty neat to be so acclimated with the school already.
“I’ve been up to Notre Dame a couple of times too and I love it there. It’s a nice campus, great coaches and the style of play I want. It’s also a great school and all you could really want in a school.”
But Hausmann stresses things are still wide open.
“Everyone is pretty even honestly,” he said. “There is no one really leading right now and everyone is fair game.”
As Hausmann enters his junior season, he’s looking to take on more of a leadership role.
“I just really try to be like a junior captain as the captains can only be seniors,” he said. “So I try and get all the new guys, my friends that are just coming to varsity up to the speed and level with me. It’s really fun to talk to them and show them how varsity is.”
While keeping an open mind to his recruitment, Hausmann has learned to get the most out of the process and enjoy the ride.
“It can be stressful at times,” he said. “But, it’s also really fun and a great opportunity to talk with all these coaches and some of the players. So I’m just taking it slow, but it’s definitely fun.”
While some dream of reaching the level of play and interest from college coaches Hausmann has received, he never dreamed his future would have him as one of the top football players and recruits in the country. However, that didn’t mean he didn’t have a school that was a dream school.
“Honestly, as a kid I had no aspirations of playing college football,” he said. “I was always usually a basketball player. So I came to Moeller thinking I was going to be a basketball player. Obviously with Ohio State being the home state school and with my parents going there, we watched the Buckeyes every Saturday. So they were definitely my dream school.”