Hank Jacobs knows what he wants and spends a ton of time trying to reach those goals. Now it's simply a matter of who wants him the most.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 275-pound senior offensive lineman at Beaver Dam High School has an offer from Western Michigan, but numerous other suitors could enter the picture in the near future.
Jacobs attended the Broncos' camp as well as one at Northern Illinois. Schools such as North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Minnesota-Duluth and Army are strong possibilities, but bigger programs such as Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan State could enter the fray before all is said and done.
In the meantime, Jacobs is trying to give recruiters what they want to see while helping the Golden Beavers reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003 despite playing in the rugged Wisconsin Little Ten Conference.
"Army liked my film and called my dad," said Jacobs, who sports a 3.9 grade-point average. "I've been doing all right, but I want to play better in all areas and make more plays. Competing in the Little Ten really helps because you have take better angles and take your game to a higher level against these guys."
Beaver Dam coach Tim White, in his fifth season at the helm, said that Jacobs is a top prospect because he has the intangibles but also knows that he needs to crank it up a notch or two to get playing time in college.
"Hank's best attribute is his work ethic and his preparation," White said. "He prides himself on putting in time in the weight room and participating in other sports. He keeps things in perspective, but he looks at this as a 12-month job, so he's really crossed his Ts and dotted his Is."
That kind of attitude earned Jacobs second-team all-conference recognition as a sophomore and first-team honors a year ago.
"This was our first year with the zone (blocking) scheme and spread offense, while last year we used a lot of combination stuff," White said. "Hank is transitioning and working into that. His footwork is average, but college scouts know that. He should make a good center or guard at a smaller Division I program. He wants to play right away.
"Last spring Illinois State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota and South Dakota State were here and Hank passed the ‘eye' test," White added. "He still has (physical) maturing to do, but he was projected to be an all-state lineman."
Jacobs has the athleticism to excel at the next level, having been a center and captain on the basketball team, even participating in AAU programs for two years. He also competed in the shot put and discus in track.
"Most schools are looking at me as a guard," Jacobs said. "I'm just going to wait. I'm not sure about anything yet, the main thing is that I want to like the school and do what feels most comfortable to me."