Urbana Hawks Nose guard Jahan Gasemy has been one of the biggest contributors to their successful ride to the semi-finals during their 2022 season. But it hasn’t always been easy for him, as he’s had to fight his way through four tough years at Urbana High School. Let’s take a look at his journey from freshman year to senior year, and how he became a diamond in the rough for the Hawks.
A Freshman Lookout
Gasemy first took to the field for Urbana as a freshman, and immediately stood out from his peers with his natural agility. He was known for his ability to get off the line quickly and pressure opposing quarterbacks while they were still in their dropback. His quickness ,size and strength made him a valuable asset on the team as well. As a freshman, he was already one of the better players on defense, but no one could have predicted that he would become as dominant as he is today.
Rough Sophomore Year: The pandemic
Jahan’s commitment to his craft is admirable; the global pandemic of COVID-19 brought setbacks to his team, but he saw it as an opportunity. Working diligently, he spent precious time at home strengthening both his body and mind. He was determined not to let limitations hinder him from becoming the best athlete possible, cultivating a slight competitive edge over opposition in a triumphant mindset that he instilled over himself – “mental toughness”. Surviving the limits of quarantine was no easy feat for Jahan or anyone else, yet his goal-oriented mentality pushed through from isolation with success. His personal achievements throughout serve as motivation for those around him and remind us all: work hard, stay committed, and never forget about conquering your goals even during hard times.
During Jahan’s junior year, he set forth on a mission to build upon his leadership skills . His dedication was evident in the effort he put towards working out as he got significantly stronger and more fit in the span of that single year. Furthermore, it was inspiring to see how one could see the fruition of their goals realized when hard work and dedication is put in, as this instance with Jahan proved. His drive for success was admirable to those around him, providing an example for others aspiring to be like him.
An Unstoppable Senior Year
Gasemy’s senior year was arguably one of his best seasons yet – not only did he rack up more sacks and tackles than ever before, but it was also during this season that he began to gain recognition among scouts across the country – all because of his dominant play on defense. This marked another step forward in Gasemy’s development into becoming one of the best nose guards in Urbana high school football. Here’s a quick look at his senior year records.
11 Games, 50 tackles, 8 solo, 42 unassisted , 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recovery, 1 touchdown, fumble return yards-17.
One of the highlights of the season were a sack that was followed up with another play, a fumble that led to Jahan score a key touchdown that propelled his team to the semis. Here’s what he said during an interview with the Frederick News’ post,
“All last year was just a dogfight,” Gasemy said. “We were building chemistry. We had some drama, but we got that over with, and once that was out of play, we just all came together as a team.”
Gasemy was one of many who made plays for a vastly improved Urbana defense that posted its seventh shutout Friday. From the get-go, defenders like Cole Kuhar and Justin Tundo were stuffing run plays for losses, no gain or short yardage.
Jahan Gasemy has certainly been something special over these past four years at Urbana High School – an impressive feat considering how young he still is! His undeniable talent on defense has helped carry Urbana’s football team all the way through to its semi-final game this year – something that nobody saw coming when Gasemy was just starting out as a freshman back in 2018. For coaches looking for diamonds in rough across high school football teams everywhere, Gasemy should be your go-to example!