Central's Timmermann weighing offers in basketball and football

News-DemocratFebruary 24, 2014 

— While he has college basketball scholarship offers from Rend Lake and Kaskaskia College, Central High senior guard Jacob Timmermann hasn't yet ruled out a possible college football career.

Anyone that saw him light up the field last September during the Cougars' 29-28 Milk Bowl victory over Mater Dei would probably vote for football as well.

The first-team News-Democrat All-Area receiver was all over the field that night to help end Mater Dei's nine-year winning streak in the annual rivalry game.

Timmermann's run helped lead to the game-winning touchdown. He also caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter, ran for a TD in the second quarter, caught six passes for 137 yards, kicked an extra point, caught one 2-point conversion pass, completed another on his own and had an interception on defense.

"Whatever needed to get done, he did it -- and obviously he didi just about everything," said former teammate Austin Rickhoff.

All from a kid that never played football until his sophomore year of high school.

"I'd played soccer my whole life, so freshman year I went and played soccer again," Timmermann said, before shifting towards football the following spring after lifting weights and working out with some of his basketball teammates that also played football. "My mom always said 'No, you're not doing that' and I finally convinced her and gave it a try. I turned out to be all right at it."

Rickhoff plays football for Lindenwood-Belleville and would like to have Timmermann as a teammate again. But having played basketball with him as well, he understands the talent he brings in that sport, too.

Timmermann still has a big decision to make.

"Honestly I think he's better at football, but I think he's a great basketball player," Rickhoff said. "He's one of the best defenders I've ever seen and he can get to the rack whenever he wants.

"In football, his quickness on the field was something teams couldn't match."

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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