Sheboygan Falls athlete visiting UW

Jacob Juedes could play defensive back or quarterback in college

Jacob Juedes, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound class of 2007 football prospect from Sheboygan Falls (Wis.) High School, is reaping considerable interest from college suitors, but is waiting for his first scholarship offer.

"I've been getting mail from probably around 20 schools," Juedes said in a telephone interview Saturday. "The ones that send me the most are Wisconsin, Iowa, Notre Dame, Indiana, Virginia sends me a lot of mail. Mostly all the Big Ten schools. Northwestern, Northern Illinois I get mail from.

"I'm going to the junior day (Sunday) at Wisconsin. And then I'm going to the Northwestern junior day I think two Saturdays from now. And then I got invited to the Northern Illinois junior day but it would have been tomorrow. So I'm going to the Wisconsin one.

"So I think I'm going to go to a spring practice down in Northern Illinois. I'm also going to go to a spring practice at Northwestern and possibly Indiana.

"The Northern Illinois head coach is coming to visit me in May, when they can come visit…

"I sent tape out to probably about 30 schools and most of them have sent stuff back saying that they liked it."

Juedes is a four-sport varsity athlete who has been a starter on the Falcons football team since his freshman year. He was a wide receiver his freshman year, when his older brother, Dieter, was the quarterback. Dieter Juedes has since moved on to become a backup quarterback at Division III UW-Oshkosh.

Jacob Juedes, meanwhile, started at quarterback and strong safety in his sophomore and junior seasons. In 2005, he said he had about 850 yards and 10 touchdowns passing and about 900 yards and 14 touchdowns rushing. Defensively, he had 89 tackles, including 45 solo and 17 tackles for loss, along with two interceptions and 15 pass breakups.

As a defensive back, Juedes received first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and honorable mention all-state acclaim from the Associated Press and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

He said college programs are recruiting him to play either defensive back or quarterback. He does not have a preference.

Juedes also is not ready to name any early favorites.

"It basically will come down to which schools are most interested in me, and then I'll just have to look at all the schools I guess," he said.

Juedes said he can run the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds and that he can bench press 225 pounds. He camped at Wisconsin, Iowa State, Northwestern and Northern Illinois last year and plans to go to all of those camps again this summer. He may also attend camps at Notre Dame, Iowa and Indiana.

Because of his interest in attending as many camps as possible, Juedes may drop one of his sports: baseball. A shortstop and pitcher, he estimated that he missed eight games last summer when he attended the various football camps.

Juedes still certainly has his winter and spring sports, however. He is averaging 14.2 points per game as a guard on the Sheboygan Falls basketball team. For the track and field team, he competes in the long jump, 300-meter hurdles and the 200 meters. He said his personal best in the 300 hurdles is 43 seconds and it is 18-feet, 9-inches in the long jump.

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