When Watertown-Meyer senior Corey Jobe walked off the field after the game of his life, he thought his football career was over. A three-sport athlete, Jobe knew he was not done with competitive sports, but didn't see college athletics in…
When Watertown-Meyer senior Corey Jobe walked off the field after the game of his life, he thought his football career was over.
A three-sport athlete, Jobe knew he was not done with competitive sports, but didn't see college athletics in his future. That was when a school he was looking at anyway took an interest in him not only as a student but as an athlete.
“I didn't plan on playing football in college,” Jobe said. “It was something I liked to do in high school. I had a couple of coaches email me, but I never really responded, because I really didn't want to play. It wasn't until coaches came to the school and started talking to me that I decided football might be an option.”
Jobe was underestimating his talent.
“I didn't think I had what it takes to play in college,” Jobe admitted. “In my junior year I was hurt most of the year, so I didn't really get out on the field. This year came around, and I had some success.”
Augsburg, St. Johns, and St. Scholastica had all talked to him about playing football in college.
“I was looking at St. Scholastica just to go to school. I had applied there before they came down. When the coach said he had interest in me playing, I thought that was where I wanted to go to school anyway so I might as well play football there if I am going to be there.”
It had been a rough two years for the Watertown-Meyer football program. They have won just two total games the last two years.
“It was kind of a tough season,” Jobe said. “We dealt with injuries and when you have a team as small as we did – we only had 38 kids on our varsity roster – we weren't very deep. I was proud about how we overcame some stuff. We were playing much bigger schools with bigger kids, and we were right there most of the games.”
The lack of team success didn't scare off college programs.
“They said they liked my drive and that I kept going even when we were down,” Jobe said. “I never gave up.”
Jobe played running back as a senior and is slated to line up in the backfield for the Saints.
“I averaged about 130 yards a game. My biggest game was against Glencoe-Silver Lake. I had 309 yards.”
This winter Jobe – who likes to fish for walleye and hunt ducks and geese – is on the wrestling team and runs track.
“I have started on the varsity wrestling team since 7th grade,” Jobe said. “I wrestle at 160 pounds. I am 22-2 going into sections. I have a good chance to make State. In track, I run the 100, 200, the 4X100 and I long jump.”
This summer he will be doing the Saints' workout program before heading up to campus. Just a month ago he was going to Scholastica as just a student; now he is going as a student-athlete.