KU has an unofficial visit from linebacker

The University of Kansas football recruiting for the 2005 class will jump into high gear next month when potential future Jayhawks can take official visits. Jake Schermer, a 205 pound linebacker from Ozark, Mo., is one step ahead of many high schoolers having already scoped out KU's campus during an unofficial in July.

"I liked KU a lot," said Jake Schermer. "The campus seems huge, but I'm used to seeing what SMS is like in Springfield."

The Division I-AA Bears would love to keep Schermer in the area, but the defensive standout is looking elsewhere.

"I want to play Division I football in a conference like the Big 12, SEC, or Big 10," explained Schermer.

The Jayhawks have already offered Schermer a scholarship. Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, and Tulsa are continuing to show significant interest.

"I'm not going to say that KU is the favorite at this time, but they look just as good -- if not better -- than everybody else."

The high school senior to be had a number of positive things to share in regards to his visit.

"I enjoyed getting to see the stadium. I would love to have a chance to play in front of 50,000 fans."

Schermer also met current Kansas defensive studs Gabe Toomey and Banks Floodman. Both Jayhawks start at linebacker for Mark Mangino's squad, and Schermer was impressed with the twosome.

"Banks and Gabe are good guys. They would both be around next year which means I could see them play and get a feeling for what it's like to be a big time linebacker."

Mark Mangino was out of town last week when Schermer toured the campus, but the two have spoken briefly before.

"I met him at a one day camp in early June. I didn't get a chance to talk with him too much, but he seemed like a real nice guy," said Schermer. Schermer plans on majoring in business. He hopes to return to Lawrence during the season on an official visit to check out what it's like in Lawrence on a game day. "

"Yes, I told them I would come back. I'm thinking about coming to the K-State game (Oct. 9th) or when Texas comes to town." (Nov. 13th).

As for a final decision, Schermer plans on waiting until November after his high school season has concluded to give a verbal commitment to a program.

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