July 23, 2009

Skole focusing on finding his next home

Jake Skole's summer baseball season might not have ended the way he planned thanks to a thumb injury during a high school 7-on-7, but he is turning his attention toward his football and baseball recruiting. The Blessed Trinity star has offers for many of the top teams on the East Coast and most of the schools are offering him the chance to play both baseball and football, which is making his decision even tougher.

The one school at the top of his list, Georgia Tech has several advantages including the fact his brother Matt is the star third baseman for the Jackets and the close relationship Jake has with head baseball coach Danny Hall and assistant baseball coach Ron Prince.

"I am working through my injury right now," he said. "Baseball wise there is no better place than Georgia Tech, but I also have to put football in the picture. I like some other places for football, but Georgia Tech is a great place to play football, but there are some other options for football as well."

Skole was first approached as a possible offensive recruit for the Jackets, but it appears defensive coordinator Dave Wommack and defensive backs coach Charles Kelly are targeting him for a different position.

"At first they were offering me a spot at the A-back position which is one of the running backs in their wing-T, but most of my recruiting there has been with the defensive coordinator and the safeties coach," he said. "I think they have a pretty good idea that I will end up being a safety."

Despite the recent slew of commits to some of the teams recruiting Skole, he will make his announcement in his own time.

"I think I will wait until at least the end of the summer, so I can figure out what everyone is doing," he said. "I still need to look at teams' depth charts and figure out the campuses and stuff like that."

Skole would like to commit before the start of his senior season, but he has few visits already lined up for some interesting games this fall if things drag out.

"I think unless I commit before this, the Florida State-Miami game is already setup for a visit in Tallahassee," he said. "It would be cool to go down to Tallahassee to see that game. I know Ole Miss wants me up there to see one of their games and I will be at the Georgia-Georgia Tech game. I am at either Georgia or Georgia Tech all the time."

Some of Skole's teammates on the East Cobb Yankee baseball team are pressuring him to commit to Georgia Tech as well as his brother.

"My brother pressures me to and Martin Butler on the Yankees keeps talking about how I need to come and room with him," he said. "It is cool and it would be a fun place for baseball, but the football part throws it a little out of whack."

The biggest thing Skole is trying to work through with all of his offers is separating the different things each football program has to offer.

"The other places I have been offered football scholarships are tough places to turn down," he said. "They are tough to compete with and it is not that Tech is not a great place for football, it is just options out there that are a lot like Tech."

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