2015 National Signing Day: Jake Whalen profile


High School Accolades: unanimous 1st team WFCA All-State (LB), honorable mention WFCA All-State (RB), 1st team All-Conference, co-offensive POY in Valley Football Association North, Defensive POY in Valley Association North

Senior Stats: 1,001 yards rushing, 8 TDs; 8 rec, 58 yards receiving; 104 tackles, 8 TFLs, 1 sack

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Our View: Personally, I was a big fan of what Jake Whalen as a linebacker. However, he’ll be playing fullback at UW and it’s easy to see him fitting in to that position given his two-way ability at the high school level. I mean, the dude was the conference player of the year on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for cryin’ out loud.

What is ahead of him at UW is anyone’s guess, but I’m not going to bet against him becoming a big name for the Badgers in the future. He’ll need to work a bit on his pass catching skills, but with Derek Watt and Austin Ramesh ahead of him on the depth chart at fullback, look for him to have the time to get acclimated to the position.

Personally, this is a kid I’m excited to see grow and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him end up playing some defense at the end of the day. He’s just too talented an athlete to stick in a blocking-only role, in my opinion.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com