There are a few things you need to know about Yelm’s Dylan Jemtegaard in order to understand why the junior lineman’s been such a hot commodity for colleges and universities across the country.
First off, the 6-foot-4 product of the Pride of the Prairie boasts a 3.95 grade point average — impressive. Secondly, he knows about the hustle of sticking to a fitness routine, season in and season out. Prior to Yelm’s track and field season, he said he was hitting the gym three times a day.
Lastly, he’s helped the program make history as the Yelm football team has competed in the state playoffs in back to back seasons.
On Wednesday, March 25, Jemtegaard tallied a 10th college offer — this time from Utah State University. The Yelm junior has also nabbed three offers from Ivy League universities including, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University.
Over a phone call last week, Jemtegaard said he’s been excited for the string of offers, which began back in early February.
“Most of the places that have offered me want me to come out, and a lot of the places want me to come out to offer me. But I think we’re waiting to see how this all works out,” he said.
When Jemtegaard says “this,” he means coronavirus.
Over the last few weeks, as classrooms and athletic facilities have been emptied due to state-mandated closures, student athletes have had to get creative in order to stay in shape.
It hasn’t been too hard for him, Jemtegaard says, except maybe for his three sisters and two brothers.
“When I can, I slip out of the house and do a jog or some core work,” he said.
These days, it’s all about working on athleticism and keeping himself ready for whenever the mandatory closures are lifted.
“It’s slim picking to find an athletic offensive lineman over 300 pounds,” he said. “They want a guy to come in athletic and big.”
Considering what he has on the board at the moment, Jemtegaard said he’s not too worried about location. It’s all a matter of if it’s the right fit for him.
Big city, small town — it doesn’t matter to him all that much. He has said that he has a preference to play in Washington, though. Jemtegaard currently has one in-state offer on the table, and that’s from the Eastern Washington University Eagles.
Jemtegaard is currently ranked 55th among offensive guards on 247Sports.com and is 22nd in statewide recruiting.
Earlier this month, Jemtegaard was also ranked 45th nationally out of the top 100 offensive guards from Lineman Nation, a national high school recruiting service.
One of the most exciting moments from the last couple months of offers had to be his first offer, Jemtegaard said. Yelm Head Coach Jason Ronquillo called him up with some good news from the coaches at Cornell.
“It was huge because I remember it wasn’t directly from the coaches. They told coach Ronquillo, so it was kind of a big deal,” he said. “It was one of those senses of excitement … It was a really big moment for me.”
This last football season, Jemtegaard’s efforts helped Yelm pick up their third-ever run at state.
With these uncertain times, Jemtegaard said he doesn’t have any visits currently scheduled. As for offers, well, he’s keeping his line open.
“It’s all been so spontaneous,” he said.