North senior quarterback Jack Tanski led the Rangers to their first postseason appearance in school history and on Wednesday he announced his intention to continue his playing career in college.
Tanski, the fifth member of North’s Class of 2018 to commit to play at the next level, will attend Ohio Northern University where he will study criminal justice.
“It means the world to me that I’m able to play football at the collegiate level,” Tanski said. “It’s always been a dream to play on Saturday’s and now it’s come true. Being able to achieve one of my dreams since I was a little kid, as well as get a great education, is amazing and definitely an experience I won’t take for granted.”
Ohio Northern began showing interest in Tanski shortly after the end of the regular season in November. He paid a visit to the Ada, Ohio campus and felt welcome and comfortable around the players and coaches.
“When I went for my visit at Ohio Northern, it felt like home,” he said. “Everything from the coaches to the players to the staff at ONU, they treated me with the utmost respect and treated me like family.”
As a senior, Tanski completed 86 of 169 passes for 1,203 yards and threw nine touchdown passes. He also ran for 415 yards and eight scores.
“ONU is getting, ‘The Dude,’” said North coach Shawn Dodd. “Jake has tremendous leadership and athleticism. He has the ability to extend plays and make something out of nothing. Just when you think the play may go for a loss, he turns it into an explosive play. He was a lot of fun to coach and watch. Jake was the coach on the field for our offense and led us to our first-ever playoff game in school history.”
Tanski is eager to step right into the Ohio Northern offense.
The Polar Bears run a system similar to the one Tanski commanded at North.
“When I was on my visit I sat down with their quarterbacks’ coach and we talked about the types of schemes they run, as well as certain types of route combinations,” Tanski said. “A lot of the concepts he was mentioning to me, I’ve already run for three or so years at North. I know that going into my first season at ONU, I will feel comfortable with what we are running as an offense.”
While Tanski is looking forward to the next chapter in his life, he won’t soon forget the last one.
Playing with his friends and teammates and creating a legacy at North is a memory he’ll cherish forever.
“My class here at North is definitely something special,” Tanski said. “I think one of the reasons we had so much success this past season is because of our bond we had with one another, as well as with the coaches. The coaching staff knew they could trust us seniors with guiding the team to success.”
He’s hoping he and the other four seniors who committed to play in college have inspired the younger Rangers to raise the bar and to follow in their footsteps.
“It’s awesome seeing my brothers go on to play college football,” he said. “And the crazy thing is, is that we easily could have had five or so more guys go on to play at the collegiate level but they did not choose to do so. I hope the younger players learn from my class that hard work really does pay off, especially in the offseason, as well as nothing will be handed to you. If you want to achieve greatness, you have to earn it and work for it.”