Schierbaum inks to play at Washburn
While in the middle of a basketball season that he hopes ends in the state tournament, Jacob Schierbaum has had his mind on another sport. And the future.
Schierbaum realized his athletic potential was in football and signed a letter of intent with Washburn last Wednesday.
"I am ecstatic," Schierbaum said. "I knew I made a good choice and I was just glad the recruiting process was over."
Colleges began scouting Schierbaum at the beginning the season. Benedictine and Emporia State were two other schools that he considered. In the end the decision came down to Washburn and Emporia State.
"Washburn would call one minute and raise their scholarship offer and then Emporia would call and do the exact same thing within the hour on the last Sunday before signing day. It was really interesting," Schierbaum said.
The decision ended with Schierbaum accepting Washburn's offer of a 100 percent tuition scholarship. He faxed in his letter of intent at 7 a.m. on National Signing Day, the earliest possible time to do so.
Schierbaum said he leaned towards Washburn from the beginning. The BLHS senior believes the school is a good fit. He liked the coaching staff and the facilities.
Schierbaum doesn't currently know what position he will play. The 6-foot-7-inch, 225-pound standout can play tight end and defensive end.
"I'm just excited to have the opportunity to keep playing. Wherever they need me I will go-offense, defense, or special teams. I am pretty sure this year I am redshirting unless I go into camp and show them something amazing."
Coach Steve Hopkins said Schierbaum can make an impact at the next level.
"Jacob was outstanding both on offense as a tight end and defense as a defensive end and will be put on whichever side of the ball Washburn feels will benefit their team," Hopkins said.
Schierbaum said a college athletic scholarship was the culmination of a life goal.
Schierbaum said he likes that Washburn is an improving program that made it to the playoffs this year.
"They are starting a locker room renovation," Schierbaum said. "They are putting in all oak lockers-an NFL type locker room. They are going to start on a new weight room in August."
Schierbaum said it will be hard leaving BLHS.
"It's just like any other thing," Schierbaum said. "But I have a couple old teammates at Washburn, so it's not like I am going to be completely out of my element. It will be tough leaving all the seniors I have played with throughout the years."