Junior Lineman Hopes Hard Work Equals Offers

2012 lineman Jeff Schaeffer knows what he wants out of a college, now he needs to choose one.

Jeff Schaeffer, of Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md., has a few characteristics of his ideal college in mind.

“I’d like a big time Division 1 school, a good education, good weather, good football and good food. That’s what it’s all about.”

Schaeffer now needs to consider which schools fit into his criteria, as colleges decide if the 6’4 285 pound Offensive and Defensive Lineman fits into theirs.

Thus far, the junior has been contacted by coaches from Indiana, Boston College, Rutgers, Duke, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Maryland. No offers have been made yet.

While Schaeffer hasn’t visited any colleges, he has tentative plans to travel to a host of schools this year.

On his list of schools to visit is Maryland. He has watched the team this year, though, and is impressed.

“They (Maryland) look good – I was surprised. A lot of my friends go there, and I’ve seen the games. They look really good; the offensive line has been great.

He continued, saying that he can envision himself winding up a Terrapin.

“It’s a great school with good academics and a good team. They’ve got lots of potential.”

Although a Maryland product, the lineman said that he is a casual Maryland fan, but has grown up a supporter of the University of Miami.

Schaeffer has been excelling at both left tackle and defensive tackle for his Montgomery County high school team. He is unsure about which side of the ball colleges want him to play.

“I’m playing pretty well both ways right now. I think I prefer defense – getting after the ball and getting the quarterback. But I’ll play whatever the coach decides.”

He is capable of helping colleges on both sides, as his skill set indicates.

“On offense, I’m best at pass blocking; I can keep up with anyone. On defense, (I’m best at) penetration, pass rush, making swim moves, and getting sacks.”

The junior admits that he has to improve his speed and agility.

“I need to get quicker…I worked on it a lot over the summer and I definitely will over the offseason. I’ll be faster.”

Although no college visits have transpired, Schaeffer said that he would be willing to verbally commit somewhere this year.

“I haven’t really thought about it, but it’d be nice to already know where I’m going a year ahead of time.”

Until then, Schaeffer will help his 4-1 Walt Whitman High School win games.

“My expectation is to play as hard as I can, get a lot of pancakes and a lot of sacks and help my team as much as I can.”

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