ELITE FOOTBALL

Jack Sape: Changing the Perception

By George Yarberry
EFN National Director
Published: 05/15/2017

When things are not going your way you can either continue to do what you are doing and dig a deeper hole, or you can make some changes and adjustments and turn things around. After a 1-8 record in 2015 and a 6-21 overall record between 2013 and 2015, Jack Sape and his Bloomfield Hills teammates decided to make some changes.

They knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but they came together as a team and had a great off-season prior to the 2016 season. The hard work ended up paying off as they went 9-1 last season and made the playoffs.

Although the team had an amazing turnaround from a 1-8 season to a 9-1 season, the team was still disappointed, losing in the first round to West Bloomfield 31-14.

Jack Sape, a 6’4 245-pound defensive end in the class of 2018, has spearheaded the campaign this off-season, building on their success and helping take the program to another level. They are not satisfied with their finish and are determined to make a deeper run in the playoffs in 2017.

“As a team, we are all working very hard to have another great season like we had this past season. As incoming seniors, we have been building relationships with the younger guys and making sure they are working hard enough so that we succeed as a team in 2017. We are losing some key seniors this year, but we shouldn't have a problem filling those spots,” said Sape.

Sape earned All-Detroit North, All-Oakland County and 1st Team All-League honors as a junior. He racked up 65 tackles, 14 sacks and had 4 forced fumbles.

“My greatest strengths are my speed, agility, and footwork. I've put on a lot of weight this off-season and I was luckily able to keep my speed up and stay agile which is very important while playing defensive end,” said Sape.

Sape is one of the best defensive linemen in Michigan and is a fierce competitor. He has all the physical tools, and anyone that has watched him in person or on film, can see he is a big time talent.

Sape’s performance this past season has brought a lot of colleges to Bloomfield Hills during this spring evaluation period. He holds scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Ball State, Army, Buffalo, Kent State, Cornell, Colgate, and Columbia. The Power 5 schools are also giving him a lot of attention and have visited his school.

Sape has stepped his training up even more this offseason. “I have been working on getting stronger and faster, while also gaining weight. I have been working on my technique and my outside pass rush moves.”

Sape should perform well at the college 1 days camps in June and will have a busy schedule. “This summer I plan on going to Central Michigan's camp, as well as Ball State, Michigan State, and Western Michigan. I will also be at the Midwest Elite Exposure Camp this Saturday,” said Sape.

All great players have goals that they want to accomplish from year to year, and with his hard work this off-season, Sape should definitely hit them.

“My goals for the 2017 season is to beat my performance from this year. That means increase every stat of mine and also to become the best leader and captain I can be.”

Sape has also excelled In the classroom. He has a 3.43 GPA and scored a 1200 on the SAT test. He plans to major in business or sport management.

Sape has achieved success individually as a player and student, but what he wants most is for his team to do well and silence the naysayers.

“My motivation as a player is to prove everyone wrong. Our school is constantly hated on about not being a football school, but I am fighting against that claim and letting the hate fuel the fire for next season,” said Sape.

Bloomfield Hills moves into the OAA Red Division for the 2017 season. The conference had 5 playoff teams in 2016, not including the Black Hawks. It is one of the best conferences year in and year out in Michigan.

The Black Hawks have the talent returning at key positions, and with Sape’s leadership skills and determination running the defense, expect Bloomfield Hills to silence the critics for good.