Head football coach Allan Trimble spoke with Phog.net this week and told us more about the talented future Jayhawk.
"He's been in our program a long time," Trimble said of Jake Laptad. "One of those young men who has been very dedicated and has a great work ethic. He is kind of a late bloomer physically. He is still going through a growth spurt right now. I think the sky is the limit for him. He was one of our team captains and a very capable tight end, but we played him most of the time at defensive end because he can really rush the passer. He had a great year."
We asked Trimble where he envisioned Laptad playing for KU.
"I think he'll be a defensive end," he answered. "I think that is what coach (Bill) Young is planning."
Laptad measures 6-4, 220-pounds.
"That is pretty close," Trimble said. "I'd say that is pretty accurate. I think he is still growing. He grew during the season. He will be a 6-5, 240-pound guy. He will be a good looking guy in college in a couple more years."
Laptad recorded 81 total tackles, 39 of those unassisted during his senior season. He had nine tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks along with an interception. The tight end position netted him eight catches for 89 yards and one touchdown.
Trimble talked of Laptad signing with the Jayhawks.
"He's stoked up," he said. "He has never wavered. He is a very quiet and composed young man. Ever since he and his father took his visit up there, he has been working hard every day. He is loving it and looking forward to going there."
Laptad normally plays basketball and has from youth programs through his junior season, but is not playing his senior season.