Standout offensive tackle at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch goes college shopping

Jake Maikkula still has senior year of high school ahead


Valor Christian's Jake Maikkula is a highly regarded football player who was all over the United States in June.

Maikkula, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound senior offensive tackle, has been working hard in team workouts and in the weight room but he had to do that between official and unofficial visits to eight colleges during June.

He's stopped to look at schools such as California, Colorado, Duke, Nebraska, Missouri and Virginia among his recruiting visits, and he's received offers from 29 different college football programs.

“I would just like to improve my game throughout this season and get myself in great shape to go off to college,” said Maikkula, a rising senior at Valor. “I'm still working on figuring it out where to go but I should be committing by the end of the month. I'm really excited about that.”

Maikkula is versatile and athletic enough to play any position on the offensive line, except he has not played much as a center.

“I'll play anywhere as long as I can get out onto the field,” he added.

In the meantime he's been preparing for the upcoming season and hopes some type of normality returns to the game after the COVID concerns last fall.

“I'm excited to play in the out-of-state games we have planned this season,” Maikkula said. “We couldn't do that last year because of COVID.”

Valor, with star running back Gavin Sawchuk, Maikkula and linebacker Jordan Norwood among the standouts who will be returning for another season, should be one of the state's best Class 5A teams.

“I think we have the best team in the state without a doubt,” said Maikkula. “We have incredible talent and an incredible hard-working team. We have a great group to be around and I just enjoy showing up every day and working with the guys. I'm excited for it to pan out this year.

“We'll play our game and we'll be all set. We've got everything lined up and we just have to go out and work hard.”


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