UP NEXT: Spring Valley High LB Jason Jakiela

Jason Jakiela played an instrumental role in Spring Valley's defense last fall, where he amassed over 70 tackles, in just 7 contests. As a result, a couple of DI programs have been inquiring about the 5-11, 200 pound LB. SCPrepNation.com spoke with Jakiela to see how things have been shaping on the recruiting front. Come inside to learn more about the Palmetto State standout from Columbia, SC.

Meet Jason Jakiela, a 5-11, 200 pound linebacker from Spring Valley High School. Although he is not your biggest linebacker from a physical standpoint, his play on the gridiron certainly comes up big. "Last year I had around 70+ tackles in about 7 games," Jakiela said. "My best game by far last fall was against Lexington High School. I had 22 tackles in that game."

Jakiela has not received any offers to date, but he has been grasping the attention of a few DI college programs; The Citadel, and Virginia Tech... In fact, the 09 prospect was in attendance at The Citadel's Annual Spring Game a few weeks ago.

"I really enjoyed myself at the Citadel," Jakiela said. "They have a great campus. I really like their program, especially the defense that they changed to; the 3-4 look. I was happy that they ended up changing it to that. That was the same type of defense we ran previously at Spring Valley; my sophomore year. The coaching staff was nice. I really like all of those guys."

Jason told SCPrepNation.com that he just recently received an invitation to Blacksburg, VA, to check out Coach Beamer and Company. "I was invited up to Virginia Tech," Jakiela said. "One of their assistant coaches invited me up for their spring game this year."

Outside of campus visits, Jason has been working out relentlessly, trying to improve on his skills for a successful senior campaign next fall. "I feel like I need to get faster and stronger," he said. "Last year my speed wasn't that great. So, I've gotten a lot faster by going to the Plex and working out. I've also been working out a lot to strengthen my upper body, because I'm not where I'd like to be."

The gym is certainly not the only place where Jakiela works hard. His effort in the classroom has led to some very impressive numbers throughout his high school career. "Right now I have a 4.89 GPA," Jakiela said. "I am ranked 6th in my class out of 425 students. I scored a 1380 (Math and Verbal) on the SAT, and a 30 on the ACT."

Whatever Jason plans to study in college, you can rest assure that his grades will be in superb shape to do so. He has every intention of maintaining his grades in the classroom to keep himself in great standings academically. Athletically speaking, he has set aside a few attainable goals as well.

"I definitely want to continue to get stronger and faster," Jakiela said. "That's always a goal. Playing wise, I'd like to get around a hundred tackles next fall. I want to close out my senior year on a good note."

Stay tuned with SCPrepNation.com as we continue to bring you the latest recruiting news on scholar-athlete, Jason Jakiela.

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