Player Spotlight: Jake Abbott

Q & A with Peoria (Az.) Centennial center Jake Abbott

Scout.com: What were your stats/honors from last season?

Jake Abbott: "AIA Scholar Athlete Award Football 2008, 2009, Basketball 2010. 2nd Team All Region Football 2009."

What is your official height and weight?

6'3" 270.

What is your greatest football memory?

My freshman year when we won our last game at Sunrise Mountain H.S. That game had a lot of sentimental value because it was against all of my friends from elementary school, and my friend and teammate had passed away 3 weeks prior to the game.

What are your goals for the upcoming season?

To win region, then to win state. But most importantly, to have fun playing my last year of high school football and to use football as a way to make a difference in the lives of my teammates, my classmates, and people in my community.

How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

Lifting hard every day, working on my speed, quickness, and footwork, and eating over 5,000 calories a day. And yes, I will be attending UofA's, ASU's, and NAU's camps and possibly others (Oregon, Washington)

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve?

My quickness and technique as a center and as a defensive end. The amount of time I spend in the weight room and at speed camp working on footwork.

What area would you like to keep improving on?

These same areas.

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Tevin Ray as well as Jebron Harrington at the linebacker position, as well as Gary Ross at wide out, and Wilson January at offensive tackle.

Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Hunter Finn, because he is a leader on our team by his actions on and off the field.

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

To be an impact player on my team, and to graduate with a degree.

Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

Air Force offered and interest from Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Colorado, Northwestern, Utah, Boise State, UNLV, San Jose State, SDSU, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Colorado State, NAU, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Penn, Cornell and Princeton.

Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Yes.

What would your top 5 college choices be?

Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Boise State

Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Nick Rowland, because of his combination of athletic ability, as well as strength and size. Going up against him every day as well as beside him every Friday night for two years really helped me develop my technique and skills as an offensive lineman.

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?

Brennan Bowen, because he's an excellent football player and he is my biggest competition at the center position. But the main reason is because my freshman year when a teammate of mine, Tyler Walsh, passed away the same week we played Westview H.S., he stood up and spoke on his team's behalf and gave Tyler's parents a football signed by the entire Westview freshman team.

What other sports do you play?

Basketball

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Bench: 315 Squat: 460 Power clean: 275 40yd: 4.9

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Intense and focused, I would hope that he would have more respect for my character off the field then my play on the field.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Strengths: Quickness, play sideline to side line, I have a clear knowledge of the game; I understand not only my position, but every position on the line. Aware of where the ball is every play. I don't take plays off, whether in practice or in a game.

Weaknesses: Need to continue to improve my technique on the offensive line, and my long snap during field goals and punts. My separation at the defensive end position needs to become quicker.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Kurt Warner, because he is a greater man of character, than he ever was as a future hall of fame football player.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Stand for something, or fall for anything.

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

A team that has better character, and passion to achieve greatness than compared to last year. As our coach put it, "we may not be the dream team, but we will play as a team to accomplish our dream".

What position do you think you will play in college?

Center and Long Snapper, possibly defensive end.

What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Leadership and character on and off the field, strong work ethic, and my motor will never shut off whether I am in a game or in practice. I won't stop until the whistle is blown.

What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?

GPA: 3.914

SAT: Receive test scores back April 1st

ACT: Taking it April 28th

What will the main factors be when you choose a school?

Academics, preferably a school that has a good communications or journalism program and one with an equally strong football program.


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