Georgia Tech gets football/baseball player in Jake Skole

UPDATED WITH NEW INFO AT 4 P.M. . . .

Jake Skole took a long, extensive look at scholarship opportunities outside his Metro Atlanta comfort zone. In the end, however, the lure of Georgia Tech proved just too powerful for the two-sport athlete out of Roswell’s Blessed Trinity High School. Skole committed on Monday to play baseball and football for the Yellow Jackets.

Jake Skole of Roswell's Blessed Trinity High School will play both football and baseball at Georgia Tech. His brother Matt is a sophomore third baseman for the Yellow Jackets. (AJC Photo by Phil Skinner)

“I had a lot of good options,” said Skole, who also considered Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State. “I just seemed like Georgia Tech was the place to be. They called and said they only had one scholarship left and they needed to know something so I decided to go ahead and do it.”

Jake’s brother Matt Skole is a sophomore third baseman for the Yellow Jackets. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder projects as a wide receiver or defensive back in college. He plays quarterback, wide receiver, running back and safety at Class AA Blessed Trinity. He’s also a highly-touted outfielder and lead-off hitter for the Titans.

Skole becomes the 11th commitment of the 2010 class for the Jackets, who will only be able to sign about 13 to 15 players next February.

Exactly which side of the football Skole will play at Tech is unclear.

“Right now they’re looking at him primarily as an athlete,” his father, Mike Skole, said. “When he gets there they’ll look and see where he fits best. He doesn’t give any indication one one way or another. He just wants to play football.”

But playing baseball was also important to Skole, who also happens to be very good at it. Good enough that Georgia, South Carolina and FSU were all willing to let him play both sports. Skole plays his summer travel ball with the East Cobb Yankees and was with them at a showcase event for scouts in Minneapolis earlier this summer.

Skole admitted that professional baseball is a dream for him.

“It is,” he said as he was getting taped up for Tuesday afternoon’s practice. “A lot depends on what goes on next year baseball-wise. [Being drafted] is a possibility. But I can’t look too hard into that. Right now I want to make sure I’m ready for college.”

How Skole will juggle both sports in the spring at Tech remains a question.

“Coach [Paul] Johnson and [baseball coach Danny] Hall have had many conversations about that,” Mike Skole said. “What Coach Johnson said is as long as you’re not a quarterback it’s not as big of a deal. He’ll be able to make it [for football practice] for some of it.”

46 comments Add your comment

RxDawg

August 25th, 2009
3:10 pm

Grats on the pick up Tech. Sounds like a pretty good all around athelete.

Jimbo

August 25th, 2009
3:23 pm

Chip- can we get some info regarding what position this guy played is HS football?

SC Fan

August 25th, 2009
3:35 pm

I wonder if the MLB draft is a possibility for this kid. There is always a bit of anxiousness when it comes to a commit who has option of playing pro baseball.

jacketbacker

August 25th, 2009
4:18 pm

welcome Jake!!…..you could not have made a better choice…..

Go Jackets!!

UGA

August 25th, 2009
4:59 pm

Glad to see you stay in state. Study hard & best of luck – except for your last regular season game each year.

GATA!!!

GTRuff

August 25th, 2009
5:01 pm

I can’t see why they would need another DB in this class. Need more OL.

sam

August 25th, 2009
5:18 pm

i went to middle and some of high school with him, he’s a beast

GA Tech Insider

August 25th, 2009
5:32 pm

GTRuff; Jake is being looked at on the Offensive side of the ball initially, as well as a returner; a la Randy Rhino.

Cuz

August 25th, 2009
5:41 pm

Another 3 star superstar for the yellow bugs. 90th rated at his position LOL. Big KADE WESTON will enjoy bringing the one-arm BODYSLAM to this diminutive object each November. The Dawgs will continue to MOLEST all this 1-AA fodder you continue to bring in. ((((( 7-1 ))))) ((((( 59-39-5 ))))) ((((( 38-3 ))))) ((((( CHICKEN BOWL )))))

Paddy

August 25th, 2009
5:59 pm

Cuz, you are making us dawg fans look bad. He was also offered a scholly from UGA. Read the whole article first before you offer a comment like that.

Max Sizemore

August 25th, 2009
6:03 pm

Hello Skole family. Is ex-Roswell star Tony Skole an uncle?

GT76

August 25th, 2009
6:08 pm

Cuz,

Impressive statement…Classy! I guess a bunch of 3 star superstars will be routing your defense again this November.

Tokyo jacket

August 25th, 2009
6:50 pm

UGA folks: nice comments on the board, save Cuz. Glad to see a player this dynamic on our squad. I don’t worry as much about the stars as much as as the fact that he runs a 4.43 40 according to scout.com. That means he’s scooting.

Slinger

August 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

Max Sizemore – Very good. Tony Skole is an uncle. Tony is head baseball coach at East Tennessee State.

Hey Cuz

August 25th, 2009
7:35 pm

Way to prove why Mr. Skole chose wisely in picking Tech, particularly if UGA grads end up as classless as you.

Jake, I don’t care who rates you what, we are glad to have you. It sounds like you are a gifted athlete. If playing in the majors is your dream, I hope Danny can turn you into a pro. Good luck to you.

Ed-Covington

August 25th, 2009
7:49 pm

JIMBO:

Quote from the article: “The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder projects as a wide receiver or defensive back in college. He plays quarterback, wide receiver, running back and safety at Class AA Blessed Trinity.”
Did you read it before you posted?
Congrats to Jake Skole; if he is drafted in baseball, so be it. We all wish him the best of luck in the future; hope he realizes the advantages a Tech degree gives him. But we all know the dollars offered by MLB are tempting.

CUZ: THWG

GT GRAD

August 25th, 2009
8:12 pm

Welcome to the GT family!

Great Choice and I wish you and your brother well in all aspects of your life!

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Big DAWG

August 25th, 2009
9:05 pm

CUZ you ain’t too smart. Rival.com has our great class with a 3.47 average per recruit and GT’s class is rated at 3.45 (They were 3.5 before this commitment). So we ain’t doing so good cause GT’s boys is smart an ours are just pain dumb like you. That 7-1 could go in the other direction with Johnson in charge. So for all of us just shut up.

Cuz

August 25th, 2009
9:58 pm

STFU Big NERD. UGA’S class is brimming with 4 and 5 star STUDS. The best talent in the country comes to Athens. Meanwhile Tech is fighting off some of the finest schools 1-AA has to offer in order to land 2 and 3-star NOBODIES like JACK SKOLE. I have it on record from an inside source that the reason we offered him was BASEBALL. He would have been a career 4TH STRING at UGA in football behind guys we fought off FLORIDA, OHIO STATE, AND USC for.

It’s great to be a GEORGIA BULLDAWG! GATA!

Tom

August 25th, 2009
10:15 pm

Methink’s Cuz’s parents……….
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Cuz

August 25th, 2009
10:32 pm

GA TECK avg according to SCOUT: 3.18, 30th ranked class
UGA avg: 3.83, including TWO FIVE-STAR BEASTS. 5th ranked according to SCOUT.

HOW MANY 5 STARS has GA TECK gotten in the last 10 years? Calvin Johnson? Anyone else?

FACE IT NERDS. You are OUTCLASSED in recruitnig. OUTCLASSED on the field. OUTCLASSED as a fanbase. OUTCLASSED in facilities. And even OUTCLASSED as a UNIVERSITY.

Go on with your 4-5 LOSS SEASONS(when’s the last time TECK won 10 games?). Meanwhile the DAWGS will be bringing in the BEST TALENT THE NATION HAS TO OFFER, winning 10 games, SEC Championships, and finishing the in top 10.

With all the primo 1-AA talent the great PEE JAY is stacking your program with, you’ll be better prepared for your eventual DROP TO A LOWER CLASSIFICATION.

7 WINS OUT OF 8. 51-7. 59-39-5. NUFF SAID.

GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDAWG. SIC EM! WOOF WOOF!

Not Disappointed

August 25th, 2009
10:43 pm

A nice shout out to the classy remarks from UGA and Dawg fans.

Jake Skole, welcome aboard young man. Get a great education and Ramblin Wreck!

Life coach

August 26th, 2009
2:18 am

Hey Cuz: No Nat Champ predicted? Yes, even you know that UGA can’t win the big one! Jimmy Carter was President last time UGA won a Nat champ. 29 years since and counting Hell, Ole Miss will win one before UGA will. UF, LSU, Bama and GT will win one or more before UGA will. It is the truth and you know it!

Coach BooBoo

August 26th, 2009
7:04 am

Cuz —->>> 45-42

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Paddy

August 26th, 2009
7:28 am

Cuz you are an embarrasment to my school. Thought you might have just mis-spoken before. I was wrong.

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Pops(formerlybigpappi)

August 26th, 2009
7:55 am

Congratulations Jake! I have watched and admired your play in several sports since you were little. You have always excelled and this will not be any different in college. Saw your dad at Corky Kell, I know he is proud. Best of luck, except when playing Clemson!

Gdawg

August 26th, 2009
8:35 am

Congrats Tech fans, this guy seems like a very good pickup. What I like most about this kid is his all around athletic abilities. I am sure CPJ will find good use for his skills on either side of the ball, and he will definitely help to strengthen Tech’s baseball program. I to am glad this kid stayed in state. Mr. Skole I am sure that you are very proud of your son, congratulations. Good luck to you Jake, and stay true to the Word.

GT45

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Liked watching your brother pick it on third this spring. It will be good to have you on board, as well. CPJ and CDH will be fighting for you! Good luck and Go Jackets-

Jimbo

August 26th, 2009
9:27 am

Ed-Covington: Notice that the post was updated at 4 PM? Thanks for playing.

Love to see Cuz in here, since I knew that some idiot UGA fan would immediately start bashing a recruit… that UGA offered a scholarship to.

DirtyDawg

August 26th, 2009
10:01 am

You didn’t mention that in addition to brother Matt, Daddy Mike also played baseball for Tech…and from what I remember of Mike I’ve got a life-sized picture of young Jake ever going to Georgia. By the way, was there ever a better set of names for athletes than Matt or Jake Skole – or Mike either for that matter.

Congrats young man, I know you’ll fare well.

Bensondawg

August 26th, 2009
10:37 am

I agree with everyone else, we don’t need dawg fans like cuz. Please pick another team we don’t need you.

CARTERSVILLE DAWG

August 26th, 2009
11:07 am

Congrats Tech on a nice pick up. Best of luck to Mr. Skole.

To Cuz and all the other classless UGA and Tech fans alike, how would you feel if someone were making these same comments about your child? Either just wish the kids the best or stay off of here. Don’t be a disgrace and an embarrassment to your programs or the state!

Paddy

August 26th, 2009
11:29 am

Cuz….see, even your own dawg fans can’t stand your kind of trash. Nice wake-up call for you and others like you. I say lack of proper upbringing and a bad diet got you to this point.

Reality Check

August 26th, 2009
11:31 am

Cuz, is right! We do our barking during the recruiting and pre-season (we don’t like the regular season so much), Recruiting rankings are never wrong. Goff out recruited Steve Superior didn’t he! And that 5 star Caleb King is WAAAAYYY better than the pathetic 4 star recruit Dwyer! You yech fans should get a life and get off our blog, your jealous and obsessed with the “UGA”!

Reality Check

August 26th, 2009
11:31 am

Caleb may even play some this year!

Sweet Home Alabama

August 26th, 2009
11:40 am

GEORGIA fans are the Biggest idiuts in the SEC.i AM EMBARRASSED AT HOW STUPID THEY ARE.

BULLDOGS BITE

August 26th, 2009
12:21 pm

Good choice for baseball. Not so good for football. Good luck to ya young guy! Your now at the states second rate school!! Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 26th, 2009
1:38 pm

Good pick for GT. If he is good enough to play baseball for Tech and football in the ACC he is a better athlete than most. I’m sure he will have a ball reuniting and playing with his brother. Hope he has a good career in both sports

The Titan

August 26th, 2009
2:21 pm

Great kid from a talented family. Always polite and respectful (yes Sir no Sir).

Jake will rise to any challenge in any sport. I am sure he is looking forward to playing with his brother in the spring of 2011. Nice to see a sought after recruit who knows what he wants to do and commits without the drama and Hat Games that we see in February at signing day.

Hats off to GT too, for thinking out of the box to allow this talented kid to pursue both Baseball and Football.

GT82

October 10th, 2009
8:17 am

Cuz, you are what’s wrong with college fans. Busting on a kid you don’t know anything about. Jake is a great young man and a phenomenal athlete. He actually plays faster than his 4.43 in both sports. I’ve watched him play for 4 years. Comes from a great family with an athletic lineage that would be hard to top. Welcome to the Tech family Jake. You are with a class organization and fan base that will appreciate your special talents.

TITANFAN

December 10th, 2009
3:53 pm

Cuz, your tirade speaks for itself. Tech graduates are some of the most highly recruited grads in the United States. Jake made the choice to play not only for a great athletic program but to also learn at at top rated learning institution. You, sir sound like you couldn’t get into UGA and are a far cry from making the cut at Georgia Tech. May be you should try some prep classes at Perimeter College and charm school wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

drew

December 19th, 2009
3:59 pm

u are amazing at sports..good luck

dolphan

January 28th, 2010
2:10 pm

Enter your comments here
Congratulations, Jake. I played baseball for your uncle Tony and I wish you the best of luck!!

Ron Mexico

June 2nd, 2010
5:48 pm

Jakes my dude i kicked it with that fool a couple weeks ago