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VYPE Recruiting: Katy's Blomstrom Will Be Major DI
September 13, 2012VYPE MAGAZINE - West Houston
Follow Jake’s Lead
By Ahmard Vital
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Year in and year out, the Katy football team seems to be primed for success. No matter who graduates at any position, there seems to be a solid replacement in the pipeline. One of those players who emerged last season was linebacker Jake Blomstrom, who quickly made his presence known.
As a sophomore, Blomstrom recorded 97 tackles and seven sacks as a part of a stout Tiger defense. During that time, Blomstrom played alongside a senior leader in Bo Brown. Now, as Brown has graduated, Blomstrom is now in the role as one of the defensive leaders.
And yes, he is up to the task.
“I try not to change too much, but I have that niche to be a leader. I’m not one who is really loud. Instead, I lead by example,” Blomstrom said. “Guys follow when you lead by example.”
So true. And clearly the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Blomstrom has earned some stripes within the Tiger defense. As for being a leader, Blomstrom said that having defensive end Matt Dimon working with him is a plus, seeing that the two of them both share in those responsibilities.
Some of things that Blomstrom said that focuses on, whether at practice or in games, is running to the ball at all times, playing fundamentally sound and being aware of where everybody on the defense is supposed to be.
“I am looking to get better every day. I believe that when you run to the ball and are always around the ball, good things will happen,” Blomstrom said. “In practice and in games, I want to show everyone that we need to have fun and not be lazy.”
One reason he is likely able to fly to the football is because he is probably one or two steps ahead of his opponents. Blomstrom is a student of the game and extensive film study is part of his game. So much to the point that in the pregame those formations, plays and images are ingrained into his head so that he may get into the zone while waiting in the locker room.
During that time, he takes in the sounds of Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross as the countdown for the game begins.
“I don’t need much for me to be motivated. When I go into prayer before games, that is what gets me most ready,” Blomstrom said. “That is when you set everything aside and it’s all about football. Once we hit the field, then it is all about beating the guy in front of you.”
With that mentality and game plan, it’s clear that many battles have gone in favor of him. And that could be the reason that a number of Division I programs are already starting to recruit him. Right now, Oklahoma, Texas a&M, Nebraska and LSU are keeping in touch, some coaches have invited him to some games this season.
There’s no doubt that coaches from these programs, and many more, will be looking to get his signature in 2014. For Blomstrom, that’s a long way off as right now, he just wants to help win football games for Katy High School.