TRAVERSE CITY — As it stands, there are now three Traverse City football players from the class of 2014 who have committed to Division 1 programs.
St. Francis’ Jake Khoury became the third to commit to college football’s highest level when he accepted a scholarship offer from Buffalo.
Khoury joins teammate Byron Bullough (Michigan State) and TC West’s Connor Hayes (Pittsburgh) as those who have solidified their future plans prior to their senior years.
Buffalo was Khoury’s first offer, and though he visited or received interest from a handful of other schools, Michigan State and Notre Dame among them, he decided he didn’t need to wait any longer to make up his mind.
“Coach (Jeff) Quinn, he’s really building something special there,” said Khoury. “I just want to be a part of it. The coaching staff he has, some of them are legends — Lou Tepper is his defensive coordinator, Jappy Oliver’s the D-line coach and they have coach (Don) Patterson (the recruiting coordinator) from Iowa.”
Khoury will be a four-year starter on the defensive line for the Gladiators when all is said and done, having been a staple in that position since his freshman year.
“He has been a big contributor,” said St. Francis head coach Greg Vaughn. “I know there’s been some pressure on him with his cousin (former Michigan lineman Rocko Khoury), then some kids from our school going other places. What I’m most proud of with Jake is he went through the process with the right frame of mind. I tell the kids all the time, having coached in college, I see too many kids choose schools for all the wrong reasons. Whether it’s the biggest offer, or whatever. I think Jake really went through the process and narrowed it down to some schools he really liked. What he found in Buffalo, he loved the school. His aspirations and goals in the medical area afterwards get him there and it’s a highly academic school, and that’s something he was really striving for.”