Jake Smith

2016 All Stars – West Team



6’1″ 170

High School, Region: Ithaca, 4

High School Coach: Terry Hessbrook

College: Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)/Harvard

Jake’s parents are Bret and Aubrey Smith. He has three siblings, Travis (21), Peyton (15), and Delaney (8). Jake finished high school with a 4.0 grade point average and earned many department awards in English, mathematics, economics, and history.

Jake started playing football in third grade in the Alma Police Athletic League and played fifth through eighth grade with the Ithaca youth football program. In his freshman year, he started on JV at quarterback. He started on the varsity team as a sophomore and each season since. As a sophomore, he was a slot receiver and compiled just over 1,000 total yards. As a junior, he started at quarterback and received First Team All State honors and other regional and local awards, such as the Morning Sun Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP at quarterback. In his senior year, Jake had 1,522 yards passing for 25 touchdowns and 1,772 yards rushing for 34 touchdowns. Of the three years that he started, the team compiled a record of 41-1 and won three Division 6 state championships.

Jake participated in several extra curricular activities, including Model United Nations, National Honor Society, the writing team, varsity basketball (where he was a four year letter winner and contributed to three 20+ win teams) and varsity golf. As a senior he was a captain on the Model UN team, which has won 22 straight league titles, and will be competing in both state and nationwide events. He has been actively involved in the Ithaca and surrounding communities by volunteering at least four hours of service per trimester. He was also a volunteer with the youth football program.

Jake said, “All of these achievements have been earned through my hard work, commitment, dedication, and resiliency both in the classroom and on the field of play. Also, I have to give credit to my family and their efforts for providing a very solid and encouraging support structure that I could always count on.” Jake will attend Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire before heading off to Harvard University in the fall of 2017.


Offensive Player of the Year, Morning Sun, 2014

1st Team All State, 2014 and 2015