Jacob Schuster, incoming d-line recruit from Washington

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In what was his final high school game, Tumwater (Wash.) defensive tackle Jacob Schuster went out with a bang, and he started in big fashion. A clearly emotional and fired up Schuster lined up at linebacker on Tumwater's first defensive series, and on the first snap, he came in on a delayed blitz and recorded a 10-yard sack. And from there, the bar was set for the T-Birds defense in their rematch with Steilacoom, who they beat in the 2A state title in 2019. Schuster, a four-star who was selected to play in the 2021 Polynesian Bowl and signed with Minnesota in December, showed why P.J. Fleck was thrilled to snag him from Pac-12 country, getting a great push throughout the game, raising the emotion level of his teammates and ending his prep career in style. Schuster also started on the offensive line and was a big part of the T-Birds dominating rushing attack.

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Four-star defensive tackle recruit Jacob Schuster is a big-time player and he’s headed to the Big 10 Conference.

“Looking back at my decision I laugh because my little kid self would’ve never said I was going to go to Minnesota for college especially if I had to choose between them, Washington, Stanford, or Michigan,” the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Schuster said. “Obviously, my mind has changed since then, but what ultimately made me decide on Minnesota was how I fit in. They had the best overall fit for me from where I’ll be playing on defense to the way their culture is set.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-3 A 4.0 student, Schuster helped Tumwater win the 2019 Class 2A state title as a junior. Photo credit: Grant Clark
Fleck began to the create the “row the boat” culture at Minnesota years ago. It is a mantra closely relatable to the Thunderbirds’ own long-standing NGUNNGU – Never Give Up Never Never Give Up – credo.

“The culture with how they run everything and their attention to detail really impresses me at Minnesota,” said Schuster, who helped led Tumwater to the Class 2A state championship as a junior. “Coach Fleck has established something special and I’m excited to be a part of it. The Row the Boat culture has a lot of similarities to how we run things at Tumwater and that was a very pivotal factor in my decision.”

Schuster picked Minnesota over a host of other high-profile programs. In addition to the University of Washington and Washington State University, Schuster also held scholarship offers from Arizona, Boise State, California, Duke, Michigan and Stanford, among numerous others.

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-2 Schuster, an all-state defensive lineman for the T-Birds, picked the Golden Gophers over programs such as UW, Stanford and Michigan. Photo credit: Grant Clark
“Minnesota is getting a very passionate and caring young man that will do whatever is asked for the program,” Tumwater coach Bill Beattie said. “He continually works to get better and understand the game more. He obviously has the physical talents, but his mental part of the game is really impressive. A lot of young men who come into high school having a lot of talent will sometimes not improve that much over their time. Jacob has continually worked to get better in all aspects of his game. He has really improved as a leader in our program.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-1 Tumwater senior Jacob Schuster (No. 62) will play next season at the University of Minnesota. Photo credit: Grant Clark
“He could have stayed on the West Coast. We could have gone to all the Pac-12 schools. He decided to go to Minnesota and the Big 10,” said Fleck in a video on National Signing Day. “He’s a top 20 defensive tackle in the country. We wanted to go find the best D-tackles that fit us, and we went out there and found one.”

As a junior, Schuster posted 61 tackles with 26 for losses and spearheaded a T-Bird defense which only allowed 31 rushing yards a game. Quick off the ball and always one of the strongest players on the field, Schuster quickly caught the attention of Fleck and his staff all the way out in Minneapolis, ultimately ending with the Big 10 school notching an impressive recruiting victory over several Pac-12 programs.

“When you watch his film, we would have went to Alaska,” Fleck said. “We would have went to different countries to get this guy. It didn’t matter where he was. Watch his highlight tape. Watch his game film. He plays with relentless energy, relentless effort, all the time up front.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-4 Schuster (No. 62) pictured during Tumwater’s state quarterfinal win over Archbishop Murphy in 2019. Photo credit: Grant Clark
Tumwater will conclude the regular season at home against Steilacoom in a rematch of the 2019 state championship game. The T-Birds won the prior matchup with the Sentinels, 48-34, to claim the school’s sixth state title.

“With everything that’s been going on since we’ve won our state title, our senior class has just been focusing on staying present in the moment,” said Schuster, a 4.0 student who also received a scholarship offer from Yale. “They’re so many distractions especially with all that’s happened this last year that we just control what we can and make the best of the situations we get. Having such a strong senior class was a reason I ended up staying to play my senior year instead of enrolling early.”
 

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Of all the 2021 guys, Schuster is up there as one of the ones I am most excited to see. Seems like he could be a really nice pickup.
 

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Curious why it's the hardest position to recruit?
I don't have factual evidence. I'm just going by what has been mentioned a lot on Gopher Hole. What's been said is the D Line is the hardest to get 4 and 5 star recruits (at least for our Gophers). Supposedly there aren't many available, and the ones that are, typically go to the Helmet Schools (Alabama, Georgia, OH State, etc.) Gopher Holers.......did I answer that question correctly?
 

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Four-star defensive tackle recruit Jacob Schuster is a big-time player and he’s headed to the Big 10 Conference.

“Looking back at my decision I laugh because my little kid self would’ve never said I was going to go to Minnesota for college especially if I had to choose between them, Washington, Stanford, or Michigan,” the 6-foot-2, 300-pound Schuster said. “Obviously, my mind has changed since then, but what ultimately made me decide on Minnesota was how I fit in. They had the best overall fit for me from where I’ll be playing on defense to the way their culture is set.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-3 A 4.0 student, Schuster helped Tumwater win the 2019 Class 2A state title as a junior. Photo credit: Grant Clark
Fleck began to the create the “row the boat” culture at Minnesota years ago. It is a mantra closely relatable to the Thunderbirds’ own long-standing NGUNNGU – Never Give Up Never Never Give Up – credo.

“The culture with how they run everything and their attention to detail really impresses me at Minnesota,” said Schuster, who helped led Tumwater to the Class 2A state championship as a junior. “Coach Fleck has established something special and I’m excited to be a part of it. The Row the Boat culture has a lot of similarities to how we run things at Tumwater and that was a very pivotal factor in my decision.”

Schuster picked Minnesota over a host of other high-profile programs. In addition to the University of Washington and Washington State University, Schuster also held scholarship offers from Arizona, Boise State, California, Duke, Michigan and Stanford, among numerous others.

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-2 Schuster, an all-state defensive lineman for the T-Birds, picked the Golden Gophers over programs such as UW, Stanford and Michigan. Photo credit: Grant Clark
“Minnesota is getting a very passionate and caring young man that will do whatever is asked for the program,” Tumwater coach Bill Beattie said. “He continually works to get better and understand the game more. He obviously has the physical talents, but his mental part of the game is really impressive. A lot of young men who come into high school having a lot of talent will sometimes not improve that much over their time. Jacob has continually worked to get better in all aspects of his game. He has really improved as a leader in our program.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-1 Tumwater senior Jacob Schuster (No. 62) will play next season at the University of Minnesota. Photo credit: Grant Clark
“He could have stayed on the West Coast. We could have gone to all the Pac-12 schools. He decided to go to Minnesota and the Big 10,” said Fleck in a video on National Signing Day. “He’s a top 20 defensive tackle in the country. We wanted to go find the best D-tackles that fit us, and we went out there and found one.”

As a junior, Schuster posted 61 tackles with 26 for losses and spearheaded a T-Bird defense which only allowed 31 rushing yards a game. Quick off the ball and always one of the strongest players on the field, Schuster quickly caught the attention of Fleck and his staff all the way out in Minneapolis, ultimately ending with the Big 10 school notching an impressive recruiting victory over several Pac-12 programs.

“When you watch his film, we would have went to Alaska,” Fleck said. “We would have went to different countries to get this guy. It didn’t matter where he was. Watch his highlight tape. Watch his game film. He plays with relentless energy, relentless effort, all the time up front.”

Jacob-Schuster-Tumwater-football-4 Schuster (No. 62) pictured during Tumwater’s state quarterfinal win over Archbishop Murphy in 2019. Photo credit: Grant Clark
Tumwater will conclude the regular season at home against Steilacoom in a rematch of the 2019 state championship game. The T-Birds won the prior matchup with the Sentinels, 48-34, to claim the school’s sixth state title.

“With everything that’s been going on since we’ve won our state title, our senior class has just been focusing on staying present in the moment,” said Schuster, a 4.0 student who also received a scholarship offer from Yale. “They’re so many distractions especially with all that’s happened this last year that we just control what we can and make the best of the situations we get. Having such a strong senior class was a reason I ended up staying to play my senior year instead of enrolling early.”
I just hope he learns from Pinckney...
 

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Cool article and high praise. Excited for this kid to become a Gopher! 4.0 student with tons of offers. But his high school team's mantra: NGUNNGU – Never Give Up Never Never Give Up? Doesn't quite have the same ring as RTB - Row the Boat, but whatever works.
 

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Don't know about Washington or Stanford, but yes Michigan ran some "wacky" schemes/alignments under Don Brown. That was kinda his thing.

Now he's gone, but Schuster's decision was made under that circumstance.


Wonder if most had him playing nose, and we promised he could play 3tech, which is the much more of "star" position for interior DL in a regular 40 front.
 

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Cool article and high praise. Excited for this kid to become a Gopher! 4.0 student with tons of offers. But his high school team's mantra: NGUNNGU – Never Give Up Never Never Give Up? Doesn't quite have the same ring as RTB - Row the Boat, but whatever works.
Never give up is attributed to Winston Churchill who used the slogan to rally the British people during World War II. In fact, he is credited with giving a speech at a boy's school that went something like this: "Never give up. Never, never, never, never, never give up" and then he sat down.
 

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Cool article and high praise. Excited for this kid to become a Gopher! 4.0 student with tons of offers. But his high school team's mantra: NGUNNGU – Never Give Up Never Never Give Up? Doesn't quite have the same ring as RTB - Row the Boat, but whatever works.
Terrible Scrabble® rack, too.
 

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Unless you can use an "i" on the board, then you can make "gunning" and replace your rack with 6 new letters. Still a low score for that many letters unless you get lucky with a triple word score, or something.
The Scrabble gods hate me. The only time I’m near a triple word score is when I have a rack full of vowels.
 

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Never give up is attributed to Winston Churchill who used the slogan to rally the British people during World War II. In fact, he is credited with giving a speech at a boy's school that went something like this: "Never give up. Never, never, never, never, never give up" and then he sat down.
Very interesting...thanks! In a wartime speech, I'm with the saying. As an acronym, I'm out. :)
 
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