September 1 is a big day for high school juniors annually as college coaches can make contact with them. For Jake Zembiec, that meant waking up to plenty of messages Monday morning.
One in particular came from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who asked the Rochester (N.Y.) Aquinas Institute quarterback to give him a call.
”I called him and we were talking for a little bit and he let me know I had an offer from Michigan State,” Zembiec said.
“I was kinda shocked,” he said. “It was really awesome being on the phone with the head coach and it was a cool experience, especially since it was September 1, which is a big day for juniors.
”That was a really cool way to start it off.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zembiec camped in East Lansing this summer and said the thing he remembered most was being able to build relationships with coaches at Michigan State.
“I think it was the relationship I got to build with Coach (Brad) Salem and even Coach Dantonio,” he said. “It was really good to get a feel for them in person and to work with Connor Cook and see and know what Coach Salem can do and how they treat their players.”
As far as visit plans this fall go, Zembiec hopes he can get to Michigan State as well as Penn State.
“I am going to go to a Penn State game because it is so close and we want to go to a Michigan State, especially now that they’ve offered me,” he said. “It’s hard to go to a Saturday night one that doesn’t conflict with my schedule, but Penn State and Michigan State games are the ones I wanna visit.”
He also heard from a handful of other schools Monday, including Penn State, Central Florida, Syracuse and Boston College. But right now, his attention is squared on winning a second state title with his high school.
“We just put in the spread offense last year and we won it,” he said. “This offseason we built a lot of team chemistry and we are pretty much right back where we were last year.”