Jason Sekinger Emerges as Gopher Prospect

Jason Sekinger, a 6-foot-10, 301-pound tackle of Galloway (OH) Westland, visited Minnesota this weekend. Sekinger has not gotten much national attention and his high school team finished just 1-9, but he is an intriguing prospect.

Jason Sekinger was named first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference Buckeye Division. He was the lone Westland player to make the first team. Sekinger was also named second-team All Central District.

Sekinger made his official visit to Minnesota this weekend. He was hosted by freshman tight end Sam Scroggins.

Sekinger attended camps at Kentucky and Ohio State and has also received recruiting interest from Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and Akron.

Sekinger is considering a major in Secondary Education or Sports Management.

"You can't coach size," former Westland head coach Anthony Naples said. "Any time you have a guy up front that can push people around like Jason can, it takes the pressure off the other linemen and, of course, the quarterback can breathe a little easier."

"His footwork is pretty good for being 6-10," Naples said. "Jason has always had good quickness and is a pretty smart player. Plus, he has been working hard to get better and get stronger."

Naples does want Sekinger to be a little more intense out on the field, an aspect of his game that Naples feels could make all the difference.

"Jason is a really nice guy, which is great, but we would like to see him get a little meaner out there on the football field," Naples said. "He needs to develop a little more of a killer instinct."

"I just want to play at a good school where I feel comfortable," Sekinger said. "I have been visiting some of these places and I just want to end up at a place where I can play football and where they will treat me right."

Sekinger is currently spending much of his day in the weight room, adding muscle to his frame.

"I just listen to the coaches on how I can improve," he said. "I learned a lot in the camps I went to and I think I am going to be a much better player than I was last year. I think we are going to be a much better team."

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