Moeller senior tight end Jake Hausmann spent plenty of time in the weight room in the summer. And he did plenty of running.
All that strength and conditioning prepared Hausmann, who has stepped up for the Crusaders in a significant way this season.
The Ohio State commit had a career-high 11 receptions for 103 yards Sept. 18 in Moeller’s 31-14 loss to Don Bosco Prep. He also had a touchdown reception.
While Hausmann often confronts double teams, he has found new ways to get open through new formations in an offense which he considers very tight end friendly.
“He’s a very athletic tight end,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said. “He really answered.”
Rodenberg told The Enquirer in July this was the second-best offseason training the Crusaders since he arrived in December 2007. That’s high praise. But the Crusaders earned those accolades.
Hausmann said he did 20 half-gassers after two practices in the summer. That meant lining up on the wide side of the field and running across and back.
A four-star recruit by 247Sports, Hausmann is rated the nation’s No. 7 by the website and Ohio’s No. 9 player overall in the 2016 class.
An excellent combination of his hands and size makes him one of the nation’s elite tight ends.
That was evident this summer when Hausmann and Elder senior offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer attended The Opening Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Ore. Rodenberg was a coach in the event and saw that Hausmann stacked up with the nation’s elite players.
Rodenberg said Hausmann put in a great deal of work in the offseason and elevated his blocking along with his quickness.
“Jake is a unique matchup for teams,” Rodenberg said.
Hausmann has 18 receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns this season. A Division I special mention all-state selection in 2014, he verbally committed to Ohio State on Jan. 25, 2015. The Buckeyes offered him on April 25, 2014.
“It’s really nice knowing where I am going and to be able to focus on the high school season and play Moeller football,” Hausmann said. “It’s great.”
Rodenberg said Hausmann felt comfortable not only with Ohio State assistant coach Kerry Coombs and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer but the entire coaching staff.
“I think they knew they didn’t have to do too much,” Hausmann said of his recruiting. “It was a family aspect from Day One.”
Hausmann, who lives in Mason, grew up a “huge OSU fan.” His parents, Pete and Vicki attended Ohio State. Hausmann visited the Buckeyes’ game against Northern Illinois last week and plans to be at Ohio Stadium for the Penn State game Oct. 17.
“It was always a huge goal to be able to play for OSU,” Hausmann said. “It was really icing on the cake.”
Moeller (2-2) plays St. Xavier (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at UC in the Greater Catholic League South division opener for both teams.
Hausmann said the Crusaders are treating it like every other game on their schedule and will give a full effort on the field Friday night.
Mark Porter, director of ScoutingOhio.com, told The Enquirer Hausmann is simply an excellent player at the highest level of the high school game.
“In today’s game it seems the tight end position has changed,” Porter said earlier this year. “Some offenses want a dominating wide receiver with lesser blocking skills, others take the dominating blocker that can’t run. Hausmann can do both at the highest level. He has great speed to go along with the size to dominate defensive linemen.”