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Wauconda's Athlete Tyler Schmidt Class Of 2023 Talks About Recruiting & Upcoming Season


By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell



Tyler Schmidt Wauconda Class of 2023 ER/OL/ATH 6'0 220


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Tyler Schmidt how was your junior season? I think I had a great junior season, coming off of my sophomore year I was getting minimal minutes at DE and OG, and I wanted a change. I bulked from 185 to 215 and started both sides of the ball at RG and DE/DT. I worked hard over the summer and got close with my varsity coaches and was the only junior to start both ways and one of two juniors to receive All-Conference. We had the best season in school history and went undefeated in the regular season. We won our first state playoff game, but I got injured and missed the second playoff game, where we eventually lost. It was an amazing year, but the grind doesn't stop there. What does football mean to you? Football means everything to me, for the past 9/10 years of my life all the work I've been putting in is for football. Through all the hardships, all off the things out of my control, I really focused on me and used football to do so. While most people dread practice, I find myself excited to get out there each and every day to work and get better. Football really is one of the biggest things in my life, and I hope it stays that way forever. What should college coaches know about you? College coaches should know I am hardest worker on and off the field. I pride myself in being a student-athlete and working hard on both spectrums. For me the grind never stops. I've been able to maintain a 4.23 GPA through three years of HS and still staying physically tough, as mentally. I work extremely hard in the classroom, but also the football field. I live for the weight room and film room to make myself better. I'm always working to perfect my craft as a defensive end and guard. This hard work shows, I've been awarded with first team All- conference and a Team Defensive MVP. I'm always hungry to learn and get better. What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I think my strength is my strongest trait on the football field. My go-to move last year was the bull pull, and I used that very effectively on the field. On the offensive side of the ball, I would also use my strength, blocking interior linemen who weighed 80lbs more than me. I think my strength, along with my speed, are a deadly combo. At a camp in Whitewater, I was named the camp MVP for my class as I used my pass rush moves to win 1on1s.



What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season? This upcoming season my goals are to earn all-conference, all area, and all state. With all the work I've put in this summer I know I can do all of these things. I think we'll have a good team next year and I will be in the perfect position to dominate the conference on both sides of the ball. Who else on Wauconda should I be on the lookout for this upcoming season? There are a lot of great players on the team this upcoming season, but I think the player due for a standout year is RB Connor Vanslow. Last year he didn't get a ton of minutes behind the Conference's MVP, RB Colin Husko, but this year I think he's due for a breakout year. Connor and I go to the same gym, and I always see him working, he's knowledgeable on the game, and is always working hard in practice. Prep Redzone has him on a watchlist for breakout RB of the year, and it's easy to see why. I'm excited for him and I hope we have an amazing season next year.







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