Interaction was minimal for Park Ridge (Ill) Maine South 2017 lineman Kevin Jarvis, but the excitement was not easily contained after the big man earned his first Big Ten offer.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive lineman impressed Rutgers during a spring evaluation workout, and received word from his coach about an offer shortly thereafter.
“I was extremely happy about it because I’ve been working to get more offers and opportunities every day in high school,” Jarvis said. “I’ve been training every day and trying to get better, and it’s starting to pay off.”
Big Ten newcomers, Rutgers is also new to Jarvis as a prospective college landing spot.
“I don’t know very much [about Rutgers],” Jarvis said. “I know it’s in the Big Ten. I know it’s in New Jersey. I’ve just Googled it a little bit and know about them in the Big Ten. They’re new. It’s just exciting. I’m hoping to go for a visit sometime soon.”
Rutgers marked Jarvis’ second offer.
“Toledo offered me, and Rutgers is there,” he said. “I have those two and Penn State has been in contact with me a little bit. It’s very limited because I’m a sophomore. Rutgers and Penn State seem pretty interested, and Michigan State came to our school.”
Jarvis did not visit any schools during spring practice and has nothing set for summer because of school responsibilities. Because of that, Jarvis hopes his spring evaluation workouts impress other visitors.
“Usually when I work out, my coach will film some of it to show the coaches,” he said. “For example, I squat 600 pounds, and my coach filmed it to send to a couple of schools. That brought their attention to me a little bit more.
“Speed training, I do every Wednesday with Maine South, and schools sometimes see that. We’ve had good players come out of Maine South, and I want to keep that going.”