March 5, 2012

Boerne safety adding interest

If you are a quarterback, it's always a little deflating to witness your best receiver being shut down all night by a cornerback who is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, right?

What if that oversized corner runs a 4.51 40-time, has the best cover skills on the team and possess an uncanny knack for the ball?

Even more deflating.

But that's just what opposing signal callers ran into last season every time they faced Boerne Champion and Jake Margozewitz.

"He brings a lot of athleticism with a very tough-nosed attitude," Champion coach Danny Threadgill said.

"He can get after it. He can put them up and put them down and he works hard at it. Every day he does a good job of pushing himself and we think we can drop him into the 4.4s before the spring.

"He started off the year at safety but we needed him at corner because he is our best cover guy one-on-one. We know at the next level he'll be a safety or a linebacker."

Margozewitz's size and that hard work, combined with 50 tackles, five pass breakups, five interceptions (one for TD) and a sack last season, has caught the eye of several college coaches.

He recently attended North Texas' junior day and has received interest from Stanford and Rice as well as TCU. On his way home from visiting the Mean Green, he and his family swung through Fort Worth to check out the Frogs.

"We went around campus and watched a little bit of their spring practice," he said.

"It is a beautiful campus. And they are BCS contenders - they are in the Big 12 now so that is exciting. And my parents prefer that I stay in Texas."

He hasn't picked up an offer yet but the Cardinal, Frogs, Owls and Mean Green will likely head to Boerne to take a look at him during spring ball. Margozewitz spoke recently with TCU wide receivers coach Trey Haverty.

While staying close to home isn't at the top of his priority list, he does have a few factors in mind when it comes decision time and Margozewitz said he is interested in the schools that have shown interest in him.

"I want to play at a school that's a successful school. I don't really like losing.

"I'd prefer to stay in Texas but Palo Alto (Calif.) is awesome if that were ever to amount to anything serious.

"It is one of the best degrees you possibly get in the country, a beautiful campus and setting, a great football program and a BCS team.

As for the Frogs?

"I like TCU's defense because I could play the hybrid safety," he said.
The play of Margozewitz, who said he has tentative plans to camp at North Texas, TCU, Rice, SMU and Baylor this summer, is more than just his impressive stature and stats.

His aggressiveness and never-say-die attitude is just as important to him.
"(Last season) I ran a guy down who had an easy touchdown and I tackled him around the 15-yard-line. They didn't score after that and I think that says what kind of player I am - I don't ever give up on a play," he said.

"In our playoff game, I got on an island with their best receiver, who was an all-city guy, and I held him to one catch the whole game. It kept us in the game in the first half because they passed it to him literally 10 times and he didn't catch anything on me."

To add to the overall package of size, speed and athleticism, when Margozewitz isn't busy soaking up his playbook or roaming the secondary, he's knocking out a book a week, with the latest being a Dean Koontz novel.

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