Willie Saylor, Site Editor
Those who have followed my recruiting news and analysis over the years have probably heard me sing the praises of Steve Martin, who has been relentless on the recruiting trail. His no-stone-unturned effort has brought talent to Norfolk, Va, from all across the country.
Funny thing is, the job this year was to nab someone from down the street.
On Saturday, Brandon Jeske informed Flowrestling that he's made the decision to continue his career at Old Dominion, giving Martin his biggest prize recruit to date.
Jeske, who wrestles twelve miles from the ODU campus at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, has been a national stud for years. As the #9 ranked recruit on our Senior Class Big Board, he has a nearly unparalleled resume, reaching the finals of every relevent tournaments he's entered: Fila, Fargo, Ironman, the Beast, and Super32.
Although he often wrestles 132 or higher, he projects as a college 125, where he says the plan is to compete as soon as he gets on campus.
We had the opporuntity to talk with Jeske about his decision. Here is what he had to say.
Saylor: You had a ton of options. Why was ODU the place?
Jeske: It was the perfect fit. I have all the best coaching here and a room full of great workout partners, especially around my weight. And acadmeics played a big part. They laid an academic schedule out for me so that I was fully prepared about balancing schoolwork. Overall, I really feel like ODU has monster potential and is a really up-and-coming team.
Saylor: What other schools were you considering?
Jeske: I had a lot of schools on my list at first, and then I narrowed it down along the way. I thought about Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. My final three were ODU, Arizona State and Nebraska.
Saylor: What is your relationship like with the coaches and wrestlers at Old Dominion?
Jeske: Family. It's like a big family. I feel taken care of not only on the mat, but in life too. You need that kind of leadership to grow as a person.
Saylor: What's the plan for your first year?
Jeske: I'm going to wrestle right away. I think I'm ready to compete.
Saylor: Any idea what you might major in?
Jeske: Not quite sure yet. I want to take in some classes and get a feel for what I might like to pursue.
Saylor: Any last comments?
Jeske: I'd like to thank my parents for supporting me and all the trips they've taken me on and time they've spent helping my career. I also owe a lot to Mark Strickland who has developed me. Once I started working with him, I got to a new level. I also just want to say, GO Monarchs!
On behalf of Flowrestling, congratulations, Brandon!
For the full Division I commitment list, click here.
Insiders can access Jeske's profile and the top seniors in the country, here.
Updated on May 4, 2013, 1:30am