Ocean Lakes RB Jake Low (Photo: Mary Ann Magnant/recruit757)
Academics prevail for Jake Low as his football career will continue in Chicago
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
This is twice in a week where we have an athlete from the 757 who has looked at the “forty-year plan”.
Late last week, Cox FB/DE Jackson Morgan committed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. On Tuesday, Ocean Lakes running back Jake Low (2019 RB/LB 5-10 205) announced he will attend the University of Chicago.For Jake, it’s an opportunity to get one of the best academic experiences available.
“They offered me a week after I tore my first ACL against American Heritage (while playing for Bishop Sullivan Catholic). Being US News and World Report’s #3 ranked university nationally and #1 ranked business school, it was what I compared every offer and opportunity to. It was hard to beat. I am really excited to play football and earn a business economics at the University of Chicago,” Jake explained.
It’s an opportunity for Jake to join his brother Nick, who is a center and long snapper for the Maroons.
“It’s going to be fun to go to school and play football on the same team with him again,” said Jake. “Football opened up a lot of doors for me because I couldn’t get into (all of the) high academic schools without the offer from their football coach.”
Jake is being humble with that statement. He had offers from Army, William and Mary, Davidson, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Carnegie Mellon and a few schools that were not as academically demanding. He also had high interest from Princeton, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Harvard and UNC.
While the academic requirements for admission at those schools are high, Jake’s 4.2 GPA and 33 ACT score would have gotten him in to quite a few of those schools on his own merit. Football was indeed an easier way in.
For Jake, his high school football career ended just a few games into his senior season at Ocean Lakes. He blew out a knee in 11th grade at Bishop Sullivan and injured the other knee this past fall. He still has more football to play and he’ll have a familiar college home where he can treat his academics as a priority.
It’s a win for Jake, and it’s a win for the University of Chicago.
– Andy Hilton