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Meet Libertyville Linebacker Caleb Baczek Class Of 2025

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Caleb Baczek Libertyville Linebacker Class Of 2025 6'1 185

Caleb Baczek how was your sophomore season?

My sophomore season I was starter right away on JV. I dominated on the field and kept playing at 100%. Week 4 I got the opportunity to practice with the varsity team. On week 7 I got the call to be pulled up to the varsity game. As I played in my first varsity game against Mundelein High School, I showed my coach what I was capable of and became the full-time starter at outside linebacker. Throughout the remainder of the season, I ended up with 3 sacks, 11 TFL, 9 pass rushes, and 1 fumble recovery for TD.

What does football mean to you?

To me, football is a place where I can be leader. I love being a part of a team, dedications myself, working hard and having fun. I have played this sport for my whole life and grew up in a household of athletes. My Dad made it to the NFL and mom was a collegiate athlete. My older brother Chase is a DIII All American wrestler as a freshman and my sister is Committed to play DI Soccer. Competing is in my blood and I’m working to get to where I have a shot at the NFL.

What should college coaches know about you?

I am willing to swap positions to do anything to help the team. While I love playing outside linebacker, I have experience in playing safety, fullback, and D-line. I am very situational aware on the field, and I am willing to accept being coached.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

My strongest trait is definitely my ability to be aware of the situation, ability to break to the ball and close the gap on the offensive player.

What do you like about playing linebacker?

I love the options to be physical up front and at the same time being able to drop back into coverage. I also love being a leader on the field calling plays and making my teammates aware of what the opposing team is doing.

What part of your game are you working on in the offseason?

I am already in the weight room 4 days a week at 7 AM to improve my strength and explosion. Additionally, I am doing speed training to make sure to keep a competitive edge on the field.

How was wrestling this season?

Wrestling has been very memorable this season. This year I was not the varsity starter until Coe college wrestling and baseball commit Austin Gomez tore his UCL. I came in at first at regionals dominating my bracket and taking first. At sectionals I placed 4th qualifying for my first IHSA state tournament. I had a tough run at state pulling 2 very good wrestlers where I lost to the eventual state champ. I definitely accomplished a lot this year in a packed weight class and look forward to working to be the top for the next two years.

How has wrestling helped you become a better football player? Wrestling has helped me to be mentally tough and to be committed on improving specific abilities. Physically it’s helped my tackling tremendously I like to imagine myself double leg blasting into a wrestler when I’m on the football field. What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?

For this upcoming season I want to be the most ready, most tenacious and basically an absolute terror on the field. For our team I want to win conference and make it to Illinois State for the finals. It’s 153 miles from Libertyville. #Project153 Who is one player on Libertyville that is slated to have breakout season?

Definitely my QB Quinn Schambow. He is a great player who works hard in the off-season and is a very good teammate.

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