May 20, 2009

Will it be baseball or football for Skole?

Jake Skole might be a little bit under the radar in the football world, but that is certainly not the case when it comes to baseball. Skole's Blessed Trinity team has advanced to the Quarterfinals where they split a double header against Cook County High School yesterday.

"In the first game I had two hits and in the second game I didn't have any hits but a couple of walks. We play the rubber match tomorrow down in Valdosta," Skole said.

This six-foot-one, 190 pound two-sport athlete has lots of plans this summer which includes football camps and playing with the defending Connie Mack World Series champs, East Cobb Yankees.

"I will be playing a lot of baseball this summer with the East Cobb Yankees and football wise I am going to try and go to some camps, he said. "I plan on going to the football camps at Georgia and Georgia Tech and both schools say that they may have an offer waiting for me after they evaluate me a little bit more. I also plan on going to the Carolina's this summer; East Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina, and I am also going to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and might even go out to California to see Southern California and Stanford. Most of these schools are looking at me for both."

With all this attention from schools in the football department, what schools are coming after him on the baseball side of things?

"I have offers in baseball from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia, Clemson, ECU, Maryland, and Virginia Tech. There are a few schools that will have an offer if I come visit them. Some of those schools are Alabama, Florida State, Florida, and Vanderbilt."

Skole also has several football offers.

"I have football offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, ECU, Stanford, Wake Forest, and South Carolina," he said.

Top schools have been flocking out to see this super athlete from Woodstock, Georgia recently. Jake breaks down some of the top schools who are competing for his services in both sports and what he is looking for in a school.

"The schools coming after me the hardest are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. I need to make my visits because I have not seen some of these schools but what I like the most about them is the way they recruit me. I get along with their recruiting coordinators really well and they are good people."

"I want to go somewhere that the football team isn't pushing me to play football and the baseball team isn't pushing me to play baseball. I want to make sure each sport is ok with playing both ways."

Skole is obviously a talented athlete that can get it done in both sports. He breaks down what he does best in both sports right here.

"My strengths on the baseball field are that I have lots of speed, I am a very good defensive Center Fielder, and I bunt a lot so I'm really good with that. My power is coming along pretty good as well, so I am working on that right now.

On the football field, I play safety. I think I have a good nose for the ball, lots of interceptions, fumble recoveries, and I am just around the ball a lot on defense."

With Jake's older brother playing baseball at Georgia Tech, he has been able to build a good relationship with the coaches at Georgia Tech.

"My relationship is very good with the Georgia Tech baseball coaches, and I really like the baseball guys a lot. All three coaches have been great and have been good to Matt (Georgia Tech Freshman, Matt Skole) and they are recruiting me just as hard as they recruited my brother."

Jacketsonline.com will be out to see Jake this summer at the Georgia Tech football camp in the month of June and will check out some of his skills on the baseball field at the East Cobb complex in Marietta.


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