After an historic career at Notre Dame High School, Jack Kayser isn’t quite ready to hang up his cleats.
The Titan full back who has plowed through the SOC during his high school career has committed to play football at Wittenberg University.
Despite his desire to play football, Kayser took other factors into consideration — like campus life style and a college education. Of the aforementioned criteria, Wittenburg, Otterbein, Mount Union and Virginia Military Institute made the final cut before Kayser ultimately decided to sign with the Tigers.
“I chose to sign with Witt mainly because I thought the campus and academics were great for a D III college,” Kayser said. “On top of that, I also really liked the coaches and football program, and thought I would fit in well.”
Kayser was recruited as an outside linebacker or a running back, but isn’t sure which position he will be playing in college. As any new player can attest too, Kayser just hopes to contribute to the team in year one.
” … I would love to see the field as a freshman, but I know how hard that will be,” Kayser said. “Whatever my role is this year, I just hope to have a great time.”
If Kayser plays in the Tigers’ backfield, he should quickly acclimate himself to his surroundings as he is coming off a record breaking year for the Titans.
During his senior campaign at Notre Dame, Kayser and fellow running back Dakota Smith rewrote the Titan history books as the first tandem in the school’s illustrious history to gain a 1,000 yards rushing in the same season. Kayser finished his senior campaign with 1,185 yards on 144 attempts.
Notre Dame finished 8-3 in Kayser final season on campus and Kayser is proud of the accomplishments of the entire organization.
“All the success we had this year as a team came from the hard work and extra hours we put in to the season,” Kayser said. “I hope that future generations see that and follow that. It was a privilege to play football for Notre Dame and Coach Ashley. I just hope future generations see what it takes to be successful.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.