Aquinas Football Poised to Claim 2nd-Straight State Title

Aquinas Football Poised to Claim 2nd-Straight State Title

Junior QB Jake Zembiec balancing high-profile college recruitment with big challenge for Lil' Irish
School may not be in session just yet, but here at Aquinas, the football team is trying to stay top of Class AA.

Jake Zembiec/Aquinas Junior Quarterback: "I know this team is definitely not going to give up."

Aquinas lost ten starters from last year's state championship team and will be young on both sides of the ball.

Taylor Riggins/Aquinas Junior RB/WR: "I feel pretty confident in myself. I practiced a lot last year, so I understand most of the plays and I know most things to do this year."

The big-name returning for the Little Irish: Quarterback Jake Zembiec. Entering his junior year now, he made a name for himself with an all-state performance last season.

Chris Battaglia/Aquinas Head Coach: "I'm looking forward to watching him and him having a great year and if he plays well and has fun, everything will take care of itself."

Prescott Rossi/Reporting: "Even though Jake Zembiec won't reside on a college campus until 2016, he's already put himself ahead of the game when it comes to recruiting. He's made several college visits already and has attended several premier quarterback camps throughout the country. The scholarship offers keep rolling in."

"Penn State, Michigan State, Oklahmona State, Central Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Boston College, UConn... Uhhh, it's like 15."

Zembiec is also a college coaches dream at 6'2", 205 pounds and is a pro-style quarterback with a strong, accurate arm.

"Pro-style, you just got to have the arm, have the canon and make all the throws. I'm definitely more comfortable in dropping back on the run, passing and taking off on the run, and finding holes in the defense as opposed to running the option and that's maybe because I haven't been in that system yet."

The attention and pressure of college recruitment can be too much for some high school football players. Zembiec still keeps it in perspective.

Since its becoming such a reality, I can't let that overwhelm me because in two years I'm going to be their player so they aren't going to be a god to me anymore. They're going to be my coach and we're going to have a relationship.

Oklahoma State is one school that's looking heavily into Zembiec. Today at practice, Coach Battaglia wore an Oklahoma State t-shirt. He says there isn't much to look into.

"No, there is nothing involved. Jake, like all of my kids that go on visits, the only thing they ask, I tell them "Get me a t-shirt" so I just happened to put this one on today. It has no meaning at all."

At Aquinas Institute with the Little Irish, Prescott Rossi, News 8.
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