Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: Desert View’s Standout Jacob Ramirez is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Desert View running back/linebacker Jacob Ramirez.

Jacob Ramirez

School: Desert View

College scholarship offers: Culver-Stockton and Whittier.

Honors/background: 2018 All-Southern Arizona third team selection as a sophomore (Ramirez did not play last year because of an ACL injury). 2018 Class 5A-6A All-Star second team selection.

Jacob Ramirez is anxious to get back on the football field after missing 2019 with a knee injury (Desert View photo)

I started young playing sports. My parents always made sure I had a positive way to get my energy out. I played tee-ball, soccer, competitive swimming and basketball while I was young. I didn’t start playing football until I was 10 years old.

The moment I touched my first football I knew it was the sport for me.

I started off at the Southwest Rams where I played all of my Tucson Youth Football years. I met many wonderful coaches and players. I never wanted to end those practices. I wanted to stay with my friends and play football 24/7.

Jacob Ramirez rushed for 1,144 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2018 as a sophomore (Desert View photo)

Eventually, high school came and I followed my brother to Desert View. I played freshman ball and we did pretty well. The next year I moved up to varsity and started as the running back and rushed for 1,144 yards with 11 touchdowns.

The end of my sophomore year went well and I was just ready for some college camps. Unfortunately, I tore my ACL my junior year and had to miss the season. It was a tough time but I knew I would get past it. Now, I’m in my senior year of high school working harder than ever to be prepared at any moment for the start of the season!

My greatest hope this school year is to simply have a season. I missed my junior year and can’t imagine missing my senior year. I just want to play and show colleges that I have the skills necessary to play college ball. I just want one more year with my team.

I just love the brotherhood and the bond we all have on our team. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about my football family. I love that we all strive to make each other better. I like how we all have the same goal in mind and won’t let one of our own stray off path. We are an extremely dedicated team that is full of talent ready to prove that we are the best this upcoming season.

It’s every football player’s dream to make it all the way to the NFL. I want to go as far as I can with football and make the most of those years. I am willing to put in whatever work necessary to continue to play ball at the higher levels.

Education wise, I want to pursue a career in nursing or as an occupational therapist. I want to help people as much as I can. I feel those jobs are purely based on helping people get better. I want to keep myself successful and also watch other people heal and be successful as well.

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