MADISON – Simply put, Jake Cesear is lucky, very lucky.
Instead of being killed when his car went down an embankment in mid-January, Cesear suffered only a broken femur.
“Yeah, I’m lucky to be alive,” Cesear said in a text message to BadgerNation. “I’m gonna make a full recovery.”
According to an eye witness, Cesear lost control of his car on Friday afternoon January 15, causing him to veer off the road and hit a tree. Cesear was fortunately by himself, as the passenger side of his car had completely collapsed against the tree. Speed reportedly was a factor.
A two-star prospect by Scout.com, Cesear – playing at Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon – committed to Wisconsin in August on a full scholarship. According to him, the Badgers changed his full scholarship to a partial last night. He’ll walk on for two years and be on scholarship for his remaining three years.
It’s unclear if that decision was made because of his accident or the fact UW had one extra scholarship.
Cesear popped on Wisconsin's radar over the summer during the Badgers' high school camps. He originally came for a specialist camp, where he impressed special teams assistant Taylor Mehlhaff, but was invited back a couple days later for a position camp after running a 4.47 40-yard dash.
"They had a position camp (before the specialist camp) and I had the fastest 40 out of both groups," said Cesear, previously. "They started talking to me and asking me what other positions I played. I told them wide receiver and they asked me to come back."
Cesear obliged and earned a walk-on offer from receivers coach Ted Gilmore after replicating his 40-yard dash speed and testing well in other agility drills. It’s unclear how much receiver he’ll play at Wisconsin.
"I just have a great time playing receiver, but long snapping was definitely my first love," said Cesear, who will have a chance to play both positions at Wisconsin. "(Renowned special coach Chris) Rubio really help me develop into the snapper and person I am today."