Michigan Puts Freshman Kicker Jake Moody on Scholarship

Michigan Puts Freshman Kicker Jake Moody on Scholarship

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Michigan Puts Freshman Kicker Jake Moody on Scholarship


After taking a grayshirt in February, things have changed for Jake Moody.


Michigan Puts Freshman Kicker Jake Moody on Scholarship

Moody picked Michigan over CMU because he fully trusted the program.

From Northville (Mich.), 2018 kicker Jake Moody committed to Michigan on Feb. 4 without a scholarship.

Instead, he accepted a grayshirt.

A grayshirt is an incoming college freshman who postpones his enrollment in classes until the second semester of his freshman year. With a grayshirt, Moody would not be able to be on scholarship, play or practice.

However, a few weeks ago the grayshirt label was dropped from Moody’s name and the scholarship label was added, just four months after committing to the Wolverines.

“The coaches told me there were a lot of things that needed to happen for me to be put on scholarship this fall, so I was expecting to get it in the winer,” Moody said. “As time when on, all the things that needed to happen were happening.

“Once the spot opened up, they gave it to me.”

Coming out of high school, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete had scholarship opportunities to play for Central Michigan, Air Force, Bowling Green, Massachusetts and Texas State.

He is blessed to receive the scholarship from coach Jim Harbaugh as soon as he did.

“I was a little surprised it came this early,” Moody said. “I’m really grateful.”

While he has been recruited to Michigan as primarily a kicker, Moody believes he could be used in emergency punt situations in Ann Arbor.

“I’m going to do whatever the coaches tell me to do,” he said. “I’m going to work hard and compete for the starting jobs.”

Kicker Quinn Nordin, punter Brad Robbins and punter Will Hart are all ahead of Moody on the depth chart, but special teams analyst Tyler Brown is working to get the kid from Northville ready to step in.

“He’s been working with me to try and make me the best kicker and punter I can be,” Moody said.

Moody picked Michigan over Central Michigan, which were his two finalists for a few months.

“It was too hard to decide, so I made a list of pros and cons,” Moody said after his commitment in February. “Michigan came out on top.

“I also had a gut feeling because I grew up a Michigan fan.”

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