February 25, 2012
Portage prospect has WMU ties
Portage Central High School's football program had a down year in 2011, finishing just 3-6, but they have drawn some attention for their bookend offensive tackles. The Class of 2012's Kyle Knapp is a three-star prospect headed to Syracuse, and this year it's Nate Jeppesen who is drawing early interest from a number of programs.
Western Michigan is a natural choice for the 6'4", 260 pound Jeppesen, who not only goes to school just eight miles from the Kalamazoo campus, but also has family ties to WMU that run deep.
"I'm the third generation of Western family, so I've been around there quite a bit. My parents went there, my grandparents went there," Jeppesen said.
The WMU coaching staff recognized this, and Jake Moreland started the recruiting early. Though Moreland has moved on to coach at the Air Force Academy, WMU recruiting coordinator Lou Esposito has continued Jeppesen's recruitment, and the big O-lineman has enjoyed his visits.
""I like everything about [WMU]. I like the facilities there, the coaches are great. I really like everything about the program," he said.
Given Portage Central's run heavy veer system, Jeppesen indicated that he's more well-versed in the run blocking side of things, but said that he's really improved his pass blocking skills at recent camps, something that would be important in Bill Cubit's aerial attack. Along with continuing to improve in the passing game, Jeppesen said he will spend his senior season working on his strength in the weight room.
Jeppesen currently holds scholarship offers from Central Michigan and Western Michigan, though he's receiving correspondence from a host of schools including Toledo, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. He is taking a visit to Michigan State today and will check out Toledo next weekend.
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