For mid-year junior college transfers, National Signing Day is just over one month away, so many of these prospects around the country are beginning to wrap up their recruitments. Last week, Highland (Kan.) Community College inside linebacker Jacob Rominger shut things down and pledged to UNLV.
“I had a lot of talk with my parents, especially my dad, and my coaches here, and after talking with them and the coaches there, I just felt it was the best decision for me and the best opportunity for me to continue to live out my childhood dream of playing Division I football,” Rominger told Today’s U. “It’s something I’ve pursued my whole life since I was a child and I feel like it’s giving me the best opportunity to continue my dream, so I decided to become a UNLV Rebel.”
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder committed to UNLV just one day after receiving his offer and chose the Rebels over an offer from Louisiana Lafayette.
“These two schools are really the only two to offer me,” Rominger said. “I haven’t gotten a lot of interest because I had a season-ending injury last year, so it was big for me to come back again and show I can still play at a high level, but so far UNLV and Lafayette are the only two schools that offered me.”
What stood out about Rominger to the UNLV coaching staff was the effort he plays with on film.
“The DC, Coach (Kent) Baer and the head coach (Tony) Sanchez, they both said they really like my effort on the field and how I show I can play in open space and how I run around to the ball,” Rominger said. “They stressed effort a lot and how they want people with tremendous effort on the team. They were both excited for me to commit and excited for me to come down and I’m extremely excited to get down there, compete for a championship, be a team player and win a lot of games down there.”
Several other schools have shown interest in Rominger this year, so it is possible that more offers come to him in the next five weeks before he signs a Letter of Intent.
“Utah State came by in the Spring and I talked to one of their coaches,” Rominger said. “UNC-Charlotte came by a few weeks ago and I talked to them, I talked to Colorado Boulder for a little bit and a coach from Rutgers called one of my coaches and asked about me. So far, those are all the schools that have asked about me or that I’ve talked to.
“Right now, I’m fully committed to UNLV and I plan on going there, checking out the place and getting to know the coaches. If other schools came in, I wouldn’t completely shut them off, but I would let them know that I’m committed to UNLV for sure.”
Rominger, who will have two years to play two, will graduate in December and join the Rebels program in January to participate in winter work outs and spring football.”
“I’m extremely excited to continue my football career at UNLV and I can’t wait to see what the future holds, to be a part of that family and help the team win in any way possible and I’m just excited to get down to Vegas,” Rominger said.
Rominger plans to officially visit UNLV Nov. 26 with his family, he said.