Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Affton Lineman Is Big on Football and Academics

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Affton Lineman Is Big on Football and Academics

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Affton High senior Travis Jadlot likes Notre Dame. He also favors West Point. And Indiana University is high on his list.

Such is the life of a 6-foot-4, 245-pound lineman who carries a 3.5 grade-point average, boasts a score of 25 on his American College Testing exam and has hit the 1,200 mark on his Scholastic Aptitute Testing exam.

Jadlot sends college recruiters through the roof - and academic achievements off the charts.

"I was always a good student," said Jadlot, a three-year starter and a returning All-Suburban East Conference player.

Last season, Jadlot made first-team all-conference at defensive tackle and garnered second-team honors at offensive tackle.

But in the eyes of major colleges such as Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue - even the U.S. Military Academy at West Point - he's the All-American kid.

"Overall, I've received 100 letters," he said.

A National Honor Society member at Affton, Jadlot carried his academic dedication into the weight room. Driven by the desire to be the best, Jadlot increased his weight to 245 pounds from 205 in the past year.

"I always wanted to be the best football player I could be," Jadlot said.

That meant rising at the crack of dawn every day last winter to meet teammates Tom Broderick, Ryan Kahle, Denny Hunter and Mike Stutz at a local gym in South County.

"I was in there before any of them," Jadlot said. "I lifted before school. I'd get up between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and make it to my first class by 8:30.

"I just wanted to be the best football player I could be. I love football. It's fun and I'm a real agressive person."

That may stem from the athletic heritage of his family. His father, Steve Jadlot, was an all-state football player in Nevada, Mo., and later played for Kansas State, Travis said. His cousin is former Mizzou wide receiver Mike Jadlot.

"I hung around with my dad a lot," said Travis, the only child of Steve and Kathy Jadlot. …

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