Illinois K waits to see UM first hand

Jake Wieclaw, the talented kicker from Illinois has the Hurricanes at the top of his leader board. Read on to check out the latest.

Jake Wieclaw's season ended pre-maturely after injuring his ankle, and because of it, some schools, such as the local Fighting Illini backed off from his recruitment. However, the Hurricanes never wavered and that is why they are currently in the lead for his services.

But, before he pulls the trigger on his commitment, he wants to check out things first hand.

"My official visit is on December 14th," Wieclaw said. "I am waiting until I see things first hand for a visit before I make a commitment."

Wieclaw has applied to graduate early from Lincoln Way Central High School (Lenox, Ill.), and if things go well during the visit, he wants to enroll in January. Jake had a lot of good things to say about Miami and thinks it would be a great opportunity for him to be apart of bringing the program back to dominance.

"Personally, I like the style of play," Jake said. "They are fast and physical. They have a tradition and reputation. Miami was always a powerhouse growing up, so it would be cool to play for them."

The 6-foot-1, 169 pound kicker, has already had a visit from offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and felt the in-home visit went well.

""It was good, he met my parents. We just kind of ‘BS'd' around and talked. He said I'd be challenging starting position in the fall."

The Hurricanes began recruiting him early in the summer and haven't wavered, even despite injury.

"A few schools backed down early. But, Miami looked at it like this, ‘the Doctors down here will rehab him fully. Luckily, I am just happy it worked out. I was looking real hard at (Illinois) but they backed off."

Jake is currently being recruited some other Big 10 schools, Colorado, and Wyoming. He was visited this week by a coach from Wyoming.

"Wyoming stopped by on Monday. I talked to him a little bit and it went alright. They know I have an offer from Miami, but they just wanted to let me know that everything was still alright between them and me."

Jake also ran track at Lincoln Way Central High School, but because of his decision to enroll early at a program, that isn't an option this year.

"I ran track, I was pretty good. I started doing it my sophomore year to get in shape for football, but this year, I won't do it because I'm graduating early.

Jake currently has a 2.3 GPA and recently scored a 22 on the ACT.


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