Weston, Florida and Cypress Bay High school defensive end standout Jacob Lichtenstein has accumulated close to 30 offers. Jake recently made a decision to narrow that list of offers to five schools before he begins his summer visits.
Jake has enjoyed the recruiting process even though he felt at times that it has been nerve wracking. “This is a once in a lifetime decision for me. That is why I have narrowed my choices.” The five schools on Jake’s list are Georgia Tech, Cal, Kentucky, Pittsburghand Nebraska.
There are no plans for Jake to narrow the list any further. Jake could, however, change the top five after he completes his summer visits. “I’ve decided that by the end of the summer I’ll be making my decision.” Jake will be visiting more than just the five schools on his list. The schools on his list could change depending on what he sees on those visits.
What does Jake like about each of the five schools on his list?
Pittsburgh – “A great football town and I have family in that area. The staff is hard-working and it has rubbed off on the players. They are a team that has a bright future and they have a good football tradition.”
Kentucky – “I loved my trip there. They showed me the plans for their future facilities and ones that they are building right now. I love the coaching staff and how they help the players.”
Georgia Tech – “I love Coach (Buzz) Preston. We have formed a great relationship and the rest of the staff is great. I loved my trip there and the city of Atlanta is a great place. I love how Coach (Paul) Johnson works with companies to help the players get internships. They have a rich football tradition. I feel that Adam Gotsis and I have the same type of game. He's a great player and I am honored that many feel my play is similar to his. Not many schools can match their combination of football and academics.”
Cal - Like Georgia Tech, they are a very good academic school and they’ve had real good success of late on the football field. Defensive line Coach (Fred) Tate and I get along well. I have set up a June 10th-11th visit to see them. Of the five teams on my list, Cal and Tech are great academically.”
Nebraska – “They have a lot of resources to help a football player to do well on the field and then when it’s time to get a good job. I really like the coaching staff and the team has made huge progress since they have joined the Big 10. They have a lot to offer a student-athlete."
The schools on Jake’s list of five like him as a defensive end or possibly playing the three technique. Some of the other schools that have offered Jake like him as an offensive tackle or a tight end. “I would be happy to play any of the three. I just want to play and help my college team win."
Lichtenstein hasn’t set up any visits other than the one to Cal. Jake does know that he’ll be making return visits to Georgia Tech and Kentucky. “I want to talk to the coaching staffs and meet the current players and incoming freshmen."