Rockhurst TE Lands Idaho Offer

Rockhurst TE Lands Idaho Offer

Jayke Simsheuser was a playmaker at the tight end position for Rockhurst High School in 2012. With the kind of size and athleticism that is drawing early attention from a number of college programs, the talented athlete picked up his first offer from Idaho in February. Go Inside for the story…

Rockhurst (MO) tight end Jayke Simsheuser was the biggest weapon in the Hawklets passing game in 2012. Literally. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound tight end became a key contributor as both a receiver and a blocker for Coach Tony Severino during his junior year.

"I like to think I can do whatever I'm asked to do," Simsheuser said, a smile spreading across his face. "Predominantly, I've played the traditional tight end spot off the tackle. This year, I had to split out a little."

The big tight end has run a 4.78 forty-yard dash, and has shown the ability to get open, even in tight coverage.

"My strong suit is that I can do anything you ask me to do, and I'm not afraid to do it," he said. "When the ball is in the air, I'm going to come down with it."

A number of programs have taken notice of Simsheuser's skills. Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Akron, and New Mexico are all showing interest in the junior prospect. He attended Junior Day at Illinois last month, but Idaho put themselves in the lead two weeks ago.

"I had been talking with Coach Jason Shumaker," he said of the Idaho assistant coach. "I would talk to him when he would come by Rockhurst. Tony Lashley, a linebacker from my school is committed there."

"I called Coach Shumaker before basketball practice," Simsheuser said, smiling. "He had asked me to call. He told me they had gotten approval from Coach Petrino to offer me a scholarship."

"I was excited," he said, nodding his head. "It's an honor that someone thinks you are good enough to play for their program, and you are good enough to get your education paid for."

For Simsheuser, education is a high priority. The big tight end has a perspective on playing college football that is rare among high school juniors.

"I love football more than anything, but at the end of the day, it's a game," he said. "If someone out there is willing to pay for my future for playing a game, that's an opportunity you can't pass up."

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