SB Kiekens uses his “smarts and heart” to his advantage on the field

When a slotback knows the ball has been snapped, they accelerate like an Olympic sprinter. That’s one of the reasons why Jake Kiekens enjoys playing his position.

“I love getting a running start and all of the different routes,” he said.

And he thinks his “smarts and heart” give him an edge on the gridiron.

Jake has been playing football for three years, representing the Clarke Road Trojans and Forest City Thunderbirds. He was named to the All-Star team in his first year of senior football with the Trojans and also in his first year with the Thunderbirds, as well as the Merit award with the Thunderbirds.

Last season, he had over 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

His most memorable moment was when he scored his first-ever touchdown on a 75-yard kickoff return.

The recruitment process hasn’t begun yet, but Jake “would like to get scouted to go play football somewhere.”

NFL wide receiver Stefon Diggs is a player who he tries to model his game after “because he has nice route running and is a solid catcher.”

Coaches Jeff Bushell and Mackenzie Duwyn have been key figures in his life due to their motivational skills.

As for the next phase of football, Jake thinks he’ll “adjust pretty well” and during the off-season he plans to expand his weight training, speed training and agility training. His personal expectations “are to get the best out of myself and always try to be a solid receiver.”

His life has revolved around football since the beginning of high school and he loves it.

Jake Kiekens
5’11”, 160 lbs

Teams: Clarke Road Trojans, Forest City Thunderbirds
Commitment: None
Official Visits: None
Considerations: Open
Class: 2018

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