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Enquirer journalists Scott Springer, Adam Baum and John Snodgrass talk about highschool soccer.
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SPRINGFIELD TWP. – Bobby Jefferson didn’t start enjoying soccer till he arrived at St. Xavier Excessive Faculty 4 years in the past as a freshman. 

Earlier than he grew right into a 6-foot-three, 250-pound gem on the Bombers’ defensive position, the place he’s a uncommon mixture of measurement, velocity and physicality, Jefferson needed to play quarterback. 

“With my dad, the factor was all the time, ‘You possibly can go play freshman soccer if you wish to,’” stated Jefferson, now a 3-sport star at St. X, who strictly performed basketball rising up. “In fact, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I need to play.’ I truly got here in freshman yr considering I needed to be a quarterback, in order that’s what I used to be for in all probability a month after which I found out that’s not for me. 

“Properly, Chase (Wolf), clearly. I figured he’s a terrific quarterback; I’m not gonna have the ability to play right here a lot. Then I actually began to love move-dashing.” 

St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht stated with Jefferson’s measurement, it turned clear he was destined for a special place, and 4 years later, he’s a pressure on the defensive position. 

“Bobby is a really gifted (defensive finish). Not a lot as a (quarterback),” stated Specht. “He’s an awesome child that continues to develop and get higher. I don’t assume I might say I’m stunned as a result of Bobby could be very gifted athletically and could be very clever. That mixture has allowed him to select issues up shortly.”

The upside of Jefferson isn’t merely that he’s confirmed he can play, however he’s confirmed he can decide up a completely new sport and thrive. There’s nonetheless extra to study, and room to enhance, which is why he’s already collected school soccer gives from Toledo, Central Michigan, Ball State, Japanese Kentucky, Mercy, Pennsylvania, Western Michigan and Youngstown State. 

Though, a soccer area isn’t the one space Jefferson has stood out. Along with enjoying school soccer — Jefferson will possible wait till after the season to announce a vacation spot — the tender-spoken massive man aspires to comply with certainly one of this off-area passions and research elementary schooling. 

Jefferson stated he’s all the time been fascinated with schooling, nevertheless it’s his household dynamic at…