August 24, 2009

Coach's corner: Jake Skole

Certain athletes are born with skills that allow them to dominate the playing field at every level. For some, their abilities may lend themselves to a particular sport, but for others the options are limitless. A three-sport athlete at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia and a baseball player in East Cobb, Jake Skole is one of those rare athletes who can play football and baseball at the next level. According to his high school coach Ricky Turner, he plans to do that at Georgia Tech.

According to Coach Turner, "he'll be playing wide receiver and defensive back" for Blessed Trinity this fall when the Titans take the field, with their season starting this Friday at Oconee County High School. "He's a guy that everybody should look at as an athlete, because he can play on either side of the ball," said Turner. "He can also return punts."

Once he gets to college, Coach Turner says, "he'll continue to workout, he's got a great work ethic, and he'll develop himself as an athlete so that he can play at the college level."

Turner was all positive when describing his student athlete, saying, "He's got great grades, he does that right things outside the school, and he's a kid that's not going to get in trouble and makes good decisions." As far as the festivities surrounding his commitment, Coach Turner said that Jake was getting right back to work. "We're going to start getting ready for our season, he wants the focus to be on the team, and we want to get ready for Oconee County next week. He's made the commitment, so now we can concentrate on the rest of the season, and he can help us next week."

Coach Turner is also excited about sending Jake to Georgia Tech, saying, "they have a great coaching staff. ACC football and baseball, it is a great opportunity. We're excited for him."

While Skole is committed to Tech, the Major League Baseball draft may come calling next year. However, Coach Turner said, "he will worry about that when it comes down to it. Right now his plans are to go play college football and college baseball. Everything will happen down the line, and he'll have to make some other decisions."

Regardless of his professional baseball plans, if Skole decides to play football at the college level it will be at Georgia Tech. When asked if Jake would take any other visits or continue entertaining schools, Coach Turner said, "he's made his commitment, so that's where he has decided he wants to go."

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