Stansbury High School defensive end and offensive lineman Jeremy Cafe has received a scholarship to play football at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. His scholarship is for athletics and also for his work in the classroom. Cafe has a 3.0 GPA at Stansbury High School. The highly touted defensive end led the state in sacks last year with 13.
“Jeremy was extremely valuable to us on the field with his speed rush from the defensive end position,” said head football coach Clint Christiansen. “His motor is continually running — he has one speed and it’s 100 miles per hour. He’s also a great leader, a good student and just a great kid.”
Tabor College is an NAIA school and finished 3-6 last year, according to Cafe. But the Tabor College Bluejays are known for a strong football program with national titles in 2004 and 2005.
“Head coach Mike Gardner told me they run a hybrid defense and move guys around from the down line position to linebacker,” Cafe said. Christiansen said Tabor’s defensive scheme is similar to what the Stallions run so Cafe should be well prepared.
“He’s extremely quick and really strong for his size,” Christiansen said. “He’s not a huge player, but he’s just relentless. By the time the third and fourth quarters rolled around last season the opponents’ offensive tackles were worn down,” the coach said.
“We didn’t hire anybody to help us with the recruiting process or go to a website,” Cafe said. “My parents and I just started looking at schools inside the state and outside the state. We made copies of a highlight film and sent it to all the schools.” He ended up looking hard at a few schools in Kansas including Sterling College and McPhearson College.
Cafe was born in Hawaii and moved to Overlake in Tooele when he was 2 years old, and started playing football when he was 9. He lettered three years at Stansbury High School and credits the entire football coaching staff there for helping him to develop into a top player. “Pretty much the whole football staff helped me out; they were awesome.”
Cafe currently is on the track team where he throws the shot put and discus.