CHESHIRE — Highly rated college football recruit Josh Jobe officially became the second player from Cheshire Academy in two years to qualify for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon.
Jobe, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back, has been rated as high as fifth in his recruiting class at cornerback and 35th overall. According to most recruiting reports, he is verbally committed to the University of Miami, but still pondering offers from Alabama and Michigan.
The 18th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played January 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Tarik Black, a wide receiver from Hamden and leading receiver for Michigan before breaking his foot against Air Force September 14, played in the 2017 game.
“It feels good to be in this spot,” Jobe said Wednesday. “I want to thank Cheshire Academy and Coach [Dave] Dykeman for allowing me to come here for my senior year. I love it here — great people, great environment.”
Jobe, a native of Miami, played his scholastic football at Christopher Columbus High, an all-boys Catholic school, but a rule instituted two years ago by the Florida High School Athletic Association restricts students that turn 19 before September 1 from participating.
Jobe, now 19 years and 6 months, was a perfect fit for a post-graduate (PG) slot at Cheshire Academy. He visited campus in January and reported the third week of August.
The relationship between Columbus coach Chris Merritt and Dykeman helped establish the link.
“I had a college roommate that went to Christopher Columbus High School and he’s been there as a religion teacher. I’ve gotten to know Columbus people through the years,” Dykeman said.
When Dykeman took Black and two CA teammates to Alabama in the summer of 2016, he met Jobe, spoke with coaches from Alabama and Michigan, and the pieces began to fall in place.
“The key to the whole thing is I got to coach in the Under Armour All-American Game and, by chance, [Merritt] and I spent the week coaching the wide receivers and we talked about Josh. Josh came up and visited and it’s been a great opportunity to have him here,” Dykeman said.
Jobe reportedly visited the University of Miami twice in April before announcing on April 19 that he was terminating the recruitment process. But reports on an Alabama football website indicated that joining the Crimson Tide remains a possibility. Another report said he intends to visit Michigan.
“I’m just enjoying my recruiting process because you only go through the recruiting process once,” Jobe said. “You’ve got to enjoy it while you can. It’s hard at the same time but you’ve got to enjoy it.”
He said he will announce his college destination at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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