Friday, March 22, 2013
QB Jacob Kaiser talks Mizzou visit
By Damon Sayles
Jacob Kaiser (St. Joseph, Mo./Central) has grown up in a house of Missouri Tigers fans, and playing in the school colors would be welcomed if he was given the opportunity. Kaiser has taken unofficial visits to Missouri, but he took in his first spring-practice experience on Thursday.
It was an experience Kaiser described as “awesome.”
“The tempo and the way they ran practice ... I loved it,” Kaiser said. “I got a chance to talk to [quarterbacks coach] Andy Hill, and I met [recruiting graduate assistant] Kenji Jackson.
“You come in, and you’re greeted by coaches. They’re all upbeat toward practice. I got to sit in team meetings and hear coach [Gary] Pinkel talk. He’ll get you all excited; he’ll make you want to put pads on.”
Kaiser added that he had a chance to briefly visit with recent signee Trent Hosick (Kansas City, Mo./Staley), who is competing for playing time at the quarterback spot. Kaiser and Hosick know each other from playing in the Missouri Class 5 playoffs.
“Trent is a great competitor. He kind of reminds me of Tim Tebow,” Kaiser said. “He actually knocked my team out of the playoffs. Seeing him six months ago and now seeing him on the field for Missouri, that makes you want to work hard and do what he’s done.”
Kaiser is still looking to pick up his first offer, but he has interest from Tulsa and Memphis. He also found out during the visit that Missouri is showing interest, something that makes him want to continue putting in work.
“I talked to Coach Hill, and I asked if there was anything I needed to do to get on their recruiting board. He said I’m already on there,” Kaiser said. “I feel good knowing that they’re taking notice. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to be a Missouri Tiger one day.”
Kaiser threw for 2,323 yards and 27 touchdowns for Central his junior year. He said he will visit Tulsa next week. Following Tulsa, Kaiser will participate in the Elite 11 regional in Dallas on April 6.