While there was some uncertainty where Jake was going to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, it didn’t take long to get the answer many have tried to ‘mock’ up the last few months.
In what appears to be a perfect fit for Jake, the Tennessee Titans selected him with the 8th pick–the second quarterback taken in the draft (Auburn Q.B. Cam Newton was taken #1 by Carolina). Less than an hour in, the dream of becoming an NFL Quarterback became realized and instantly he became the face of a Pro Football franchise.
For Jake, he has always insisted he never had doubts that his decision to come back for his senior season would impact him in his draft standing and that his confidence has never wavered. Those feelings were validated quickly by a team that is known to have valued his leadership qualities and competitive nature.
“I know what I’m capable of and I always have. I’ll believe in that forever, no matter what anybody says. And I think that’s what Tennessee sees in me,” Jake said at his news conference from the Ferndale High gym.
“I never had the doubts other people had. I knew what I was capable of and was confident in myself. So to be able to see somebody else have that same confidence means a lot to you. It’s a dream come true. It’s something I’ve thought about since I was a young kid and now to live it out, it’s rewarding.”
Jake will be taking a red-eye flight to Tennessee to be a part of a news conference in Nashville on Friday. And after all the interviews and questions over the last few months, this media event will surely be the sweetest one of all.