QB Schmidt preparing for the next level

Ben Schmidt

Height/Weight
6’2″, 200lbs

Positions
Quarterback

Teams
London Minor Football Association (LMFA)

London Jr. Mustangs (OVFL)

Regina Mundi College Titans (WOSSAA)

St. Andrew’s College Saints (CISAA)

Considerations
Open

Official Visits
None

Commitment
None

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Since the day he strapped on a helmet back in the seventh grade, St. Andrew’s College quarterback Ben Schmidt knew he had found a new love in the game of football. Beginning his youth career in the London Minor Football Association, the long winding road eventually led Schmidt to the chance of a lifetime in the eleventh grade to play for one of the top football programs in the country.

Before he ever had a chance to call himself a Saint however, Schmidt made a name for himself playing high school football for the RMC Titans while spending his summers suiting up for the London Jr. Mustangs of the OVFL. During this time Schmidt was able to sculpt himself as a quarterback earning awards for his play on the field including MVP of the 2014 OVFL championship game, as well as the team MVP award at RMC.

The accolades eventually caught the eye of St. Andrew’s College, where Schmidt is now preparing for the 2016 season and a chance for his team to once again stake their claim as one of the best in the nation after ending last season with a loss in the CISAA championship game. Although the loss was a tough pill to swallow, when looking back at last year Schmidt likes to think about the fight and determination that led his team to the championship game in the first place.

“The highlight of last season for me was a comeback win against Trinity College School. They were undefeated coming into the game, and we went into their home field and got a solid W in a mud bowl game.”

One of the perks of being a St. Andrews College student is the full attention of their personal trainer who creates workouts for each player to fit their specific needs. Along with regular workouts during the off-season to stay in shape, Schmidt has also made an effort to tweak his throwing mechanics in hopes that it will take his game to the next level.

“I am focusing on some fundamental changes I need to make in my throwing motion, as well as continuing to improve my footwork which is an essential tool for quarterbacks looking to go to the next level. I also hope to improve my decision making abilities which will come from game experience.”

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The next level is quickly approaching for Schmidt who is attempting to sort out all of the recruiting madness while remaining focused on the season ahead. On the academic side, he hopes to earn an English degree working towards a career as a lawyer, but much like his football availability at the moment he is still open to any and all options once his playing days are said and done. Although the recruiting process has been enjoyable on some levels, Schmidt admits he’d rather it be over sooner rather than later.

“It has been interesting. Being able to meet a bunch of different coaches and see so many campuses has been fun, and I am excited to continue my academic and athletic career moving forward. I am hoping to take my visits and commit to a school as early as possible to get it out of the way and not have to worry about the decision for too long.”

With football taking up such a huge chunk of his life at the moment, Schmidt tries to set aside some spare time for regular teenager activities as well such as obsessing over Star Wars or finding some new music on the internet. It’s not easy as a teen to keep a level head with so much commotion going on around you – especially with the added pressure of being the quarterback at a top flight school – but if Schmidt ever feels overwhelmed or is seeking some motivation, he never needs to look far for the support he needs.

“The most influential people in my life would be my parents, because they support me and help me achieve my goals. In addition, my grandfather started my love of football and is always the loudest and most excited person on the sidelines at my football games, which means the world to know you have that kind of support with you.”

 

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