It's easy to see why coaches think highly of Tyler (Texas) Lee wide receiver Jacob Amie. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound receiver is the prototypical size for a future Division I pass-catcher. That and his solid junior season has colleges showing major interest early.
Amie, who also shares time on the basketball court, is as athletic as they come. That's why Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Iowa State, and several others are showing early interest and could possibly be offering early. However, right now his focus is on the off-season and getting his team on the court farther.
"Just basketball right now, that's the main focus," Amie said. "We'll be first in district if we win our next game and then have the bye for the first round in the playoffs. It's keeping me in shape for football season."
Amie's big frame not only makes him tough to cover at receiver, but coaches at Lee possibly are going to experiment with him on defense.
"They're trying to get me to play defensive end," Amie said. "I don't know about that. It sounds tiring because both of those spots take a lot of work, but I'll do what I have to do."
Handwritten mail is something that Amie is accustomed to so far in the recruiting process. Most of the Big 12 have sent correspondence to his home and it's very clear an offer could be coming earlier than he expected.
Since starting as a sophomore for the tradition-rich high school of Tyler Lee, the first season out his team took home the state championship for the Texas 5A Division II crown.
"It was amazing coming out like that and winning the title," Amie said. "Then again, sometimes you get cocky about it. It happened so early for me. I tried to keep my emotions low about it. This last season though, I think we thought teams would lay down for us because we're Tyler Lee."
"Because of that, we didn't play our best."
With several starters returning for his senior year, Amie expects a better campaign. However, he is trying not to get the hype started too quickly.
The all-district selection as a junior says that he just wants to play his game and go from there.
"I've been doing well at receiver and I've got a 38 inch vertical, so it's kind of easy for me to out-jump the cornerbacks. I bench press 330 pounds so I can out muscle them as well."
With recruiting starting to pick up, one team has peaked his interest due to their high powered offense.
"Texas Tech would be my favorite," Amie said. "It's because they pass the ball a lot. Then again, that's where a lot of receivers want to go is to a school that's going to get them the ball. Texas A&M throws quite a bit as well. I don't know. I wouldn't like to go too far away."
As for summer plans, Amie wants to make it to in-state camps such as Baylor, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M. He also plans on heading to the NIKE Football Training Camp in College Station.