Jacob Schuster’s recruitment took some time to heat up. Heading into his junior season, the Tumwater defensive tackle didn’t hold a scholarship offer from a Power Five school. That all changed after his junior season, in which the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder was a one-man wrecking crew for the T-Birds, leading Tumwater to the Class 2A state championship.

The offers started rolling in, from Washington, WSU, Cal, Arizona and others. But Schuster won’t be staying on the west coast. He announced last week he’ll be heading to the Big Ten, verbally committing to the University of Minnesota to play for P.J. Fleck’s Golden Gophers.

Schuster, who is considered a four-star recuit by 247sports.com, was named the Class 2A Evergreen Conference MVP last season, was named to The News Tribune’s 2019 All-Area first team, and was named The Olympian’s 2019 All-Area Player of the Year. He’s only the second player to earn that honor without the ball in his hands, joining Olympia High School’s Ben Huntley, who was named The Olympian’s All-Area Player of the Year in 2005.

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