When we think of the word "Commitment" we all have a vision of what that means. But to truly define it we have to compare ourselves to others. One guy setting the benchmark on the term is North Central High School's Jake Hoffman.
The Spokane native is a terrific student and athlete. And like most three sport guys who stand out he is always working out. But the speedy 5'11", 170 pounder is committed to his school and to his friends far beyond on the athletic aspects.
His story gets interesting when you learn that his parents, both employed in the housing trades during the boom, lost their jobs. To survive they had to move. Not unlike a big percentage of American families.
But for Jake that meant having to leave his beloved Indians behind when the family moved to Diamond Lake which is a considerable distance North of Spokane up Highway 2. He is actual living as close to Canada now as he is Spokane.
"It's an hour drive one way. And I do it every day twice a day," offered Hoffman who says he and his trusty 1993 Camry have been up to the task for a couple of years now. "It is well worth it."
That folks in commitment. And your talking about a region of the country where snow and ice play a role too. Many days he does not get home until evening time.
That is because he competes as an athlete, does his school work, maintains a job, and still finds time for his girlfriend who he says is in a word "amazing".
Looking at this and seeing what he is doing from our view point we say Jake is the amazing one; but we're sure she is great too! Imagine yourself doing that every day. Could you?
For the Indians it has meant keeping their primary offensive weapon on the field. Last season he played QB but is really a collegiate level receiver or cornerback. Overall his near 2600 yards had him amongst the State of Washington's premier guys. He has good speed and is very elusive and shifty.
"I am out for track now and am one of the top 400 Meter guys in the State coming back this year," he offered. "But my ability to change directions and move laterally really is my strength."
Add to that above average hands and his amazing ability to grind it out daily and you have a young man ready to take on the collegiate world. Something he looks forward too.
"WSU, Idaho, and some others have been in touch a lot. I am looking forward to the NIKE NFTC Camp at Oregon and the 7 on 7 this weekend in Las Vegas," said Hoffman who came to Portland last weekend for a scrimmage at Portland State where he saw the best of Team Washington and got to visit the Vikings Coaching staff too.
"In college I plan to study business. Math is what I am best at but it is boring so I do not see myself pursuing that," he offered.
Math? Easy? Huh? All part of the amazing package that is Jake Hoffman. The talent is there and no doubt so is the commitment.
We enclose his film and an interview we shot with him last weekend. You will find Jake on our list of 2013 Top Football Prospects as well. We will follow up with him and wish him the best of luck up in Las Vegas.
Jake Hoffman's HUDL HIGHLIGHTS