Jake Karchinski Thankful for Iowa Offer, Motivated by ISU Criticism

May 13, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Jake Karchinski should have been celebrating on Monday. The Wisconsin defensive end picked up his first Big Ten offer. It came from Iowa.

Instead of relishing the opportunity that his hard work achieved, drama joined the party. Iowa State assistant coach Jim Hofher Tweeted that he wasn’t impressed with Karchinski before quickly deleting it.

As we know, through the magic of the internet, some things you can’t take back quick enough. Various people screen grabbed the comment before its deletion.

Here it is. You can click on it to enlarge:

Iowa State did contact Karchinski, saying it didn’t mean for him to see the Tweet. It did not apologize for it, though. To Karchinski’s credit, the high school junior acted like the grownup, refraining from retaliation that has become the norm on social media.

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He told HN he was disappointed in what happened and that it made news on what should have been a day of celebration. Even if Iowa State decided to offer, he would not consider them. He visited Ames in January.

Other than that, he’s using it to his advantage. And he might end up playing against the Cyclones some day if he chooses Iowa.

“I’m going to look at that for motivation every day,” he said.

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Karchinski (6-5, 245) visited Iowa for its upset of Ohio State in November. He returned to campus for a junior day in March. He’s scheduled to be back on Friday.

Syracuse, most of the MAC schools and many of the top FCS programs have offered him. Home-state Wisconsin played host to him for a campus visit last month. The Badgers need defensive ends in this cycle and he could earn an offer during camp, if not before.

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The 247 network sees him as a three-star prospect and the 59th best strong-side defensive end nationally in the 2019 Class.

Here’s a look at Karchinksi’s junior highlights, which are not underwhelming:

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