Junior Prospect - Nick Schubert

Oakwood's Nick Schubert is one of the Dayton area's top defensive players. He will be one to watch this year.

With all of the emphasis on high school Division I and Division II candidates in recruiting, often the smaller-division candidates get overlooked. Two of the top recruits in the state of Ohio come from smaller schools in the Dayton area: Brock Bolen (Valley View) and Nick Schubert (Oakwood).

Both players have been in the top listings of Ohio's Future Stars since they were sophomores and both continue to garner attention from recruiting gurus and college coaches, alike. As for Schubert, his coach – Paul Stone at Oakwood – says, "He's got a Division I heart for the game. He's very instinctive and a student of the game. For not packing a whole lot of weight on his frame, he is as physical as being 6'2" and 240 pounds."

Nick's actual numbers are 5'11" and 205 pounds. He ran a 4.6 forty at the Ohio State camp last year and now benches over 300 pounds.

Prior to his sophomore year at Oakwood, the Lumberjacks hadn't been to the state playoffs in over 15 years. They made it then and missed by just one game (a heartbreaking loss to Bolen's Valley View squad) this past season. When we asked Nick what his team goals were for the upcoming season, he replied emphatically, "Win the state!" Quite a goal for an academically oriented Oakwood school.

Coach Stone recognizes that in Nick, as well. "Nick is a student athlete. That comes first. He knows how to take care of his studies and is a leader for the kids off the field. He is our captain for the 2003 season".

Nick has generated a lot of buzz, in addition to the nice things his coach and Duane Long have to say about him. He went on recruiting trips last year to Pitt, Notre Dame and Penn State and was invited by Boston College and Colorado, as well. Other schools recruiting Schubert include Kentucky, Indiana, Syracuse, and Cincinnati.

Schubert had nearly 150 tackles as a sophomore while also being a back-up fullback and returning punts, an unusual special teams position for a middle linebacker! Coach Stone said then that he had the best hands on the team. His individual stats were down a bit in his junior year as he played behind a younger defensive line and as "teams ran away from me and passed a lot more". That became good experience for Schubert, as he anticipates that he might play strong safety in college.

Nick is a fine all-around athlete, playing point guard on the basketball team and pitching for the baseball team. This year, though, he is taking off from both of those sports, and he's working out with Larry Pacifico in Dayton to increase both his strength and mass.

Nick was recognized as All-League and All-Southwest Ohio in both his sophomore and junior years. He has started at middle linebacker since early in his freshman season and is known around the Southwestern Buckeye League as a ferocious hitter. He took part in the Army All-Star combine in San Antonio this past January as one of a group of Ohio kids (others included Ted Ginn, Marcus Freeman, Anthony Turner and Fred Davis), representing the 200 top juniors in the country.

That's a lot for a kid from a little school! We will keep track of Nick as he gets bigger and his exploits grow, too.

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