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Lakeview Senior Jack Shadley (Bottom row, second from left) signs his letter of intent to play quarterback at Doane College.

Pictured bottom row, from left: Lakeview head coach Kurt Frenzen, Jack Shadley, Doane head coach Matt Franzen and coach Jamie Meyer. Top row: Grandparents Verle and Ellen Eby, Parents Ann and Jake Shadley.

COLUMBUS -- Lakeview's most prolific passer will continue his career as a quarterback.

Jack Shadley signed his letter of intent to play quarterback at Doane College Monday at Lakeview High School.

"We think he'll fit in very well with us," Doane head football coach Matt Franzen said. "We're a spread style offense, which is what a lot of teams run these days, but we think he fits in very well. He throws the ball well, he can run the ball and we'll see what we want to do with him in the running game. We wanted him in our offense because of the type of quarterback that he is."

Shadley, who owns every passing record at Lakeview, played a big part in the turnaround of Lakeview football.

"First and foremost, he got our program going in the right direction again," Lakeview head coach Kurt Frenzen said. "We had a couple pretty disappointing years where we didn't make the playoffs. Then going into his sophomore year, we began a run of not only successful regular seasons, but we had a lot of success in the postseason as well over the last three years, which culminated in the semifinal appearance this last year."

The Lakeview senior started 32 games for the Vikings, completing 386 of his 705 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 55 percent. He threw for 5,671 yards with 63 touchdowns and was intercepted just 20 times in his career.

"The self-confidence and swagger that he brought to the team definitely rubbed off on his teammates," Frenzen said.

From 2011-13, Shadley was an All-District quarterback, and as a senior, he earned All-State quarterback honors.

But more than the accolades and records, Shadley is most proud of four specific wins in his time as a starter.

"(I'm most proud) of beating Scotus all (three) years and twice this last year," Shadley said. "That's better than all the records I've broken."

As a freshman, Shadley threw for 108 yards with two scores through the air. In his sophomore year, Shadley was 144-of-252 passing for 1,986 yards and 12 passing touchdowns, while rushing for eight more scores. As a junior, Shadley went 131-of-226 passing for 1,902 yards and 25 passing touchdowns, while rushing for 162 yards and five touchdowns. In his senior year, he threw for 1,675 yards and 23 touchdowns, while adding 285 rushing yards and six scores on the ground.

"There was a little bit of his game that developed each and every year," Frenzen said. "In the first year, he took care of the quick passing game. In his second year, his reading increased. He was able to come off his primary receiver and hit his second and third receivers. In his senior year, what really started to develop was his leadership. So each year, part of his game really started to improve."

The Doane offense is similar to the offense Shadley spent three years directing at Lakeview.

"Football-wise, I looked for coaches that I got along with, which I felt I did with the coaching staff at Doane," he said. "They have a similar offense to the one we ran at Lakeview. A lot of the spread no-huddle stuff that (Lakeview position) coach (Jamie) Meyer taught me, I can use at Doane to improve my skills."

Shadley joins a Doane team with two returning quarterbacks with two years of eligibility remaining.

"From an ability standpoint, we think that he's going to come in and compete early and after that we'll see how it all plays out," Franzen said.

As for his former head coach, Frenzen has no doubt Shadley will succeed as a Tiger.

"He's got a heck of an opportunity to go down and do very well at Doane," Frenzen said. "He's a hard-working kid, he's a student of the game and I think he's only going to improve. They're going in a really good direction at Doane and he's one of those guys that can most definitely help a team continue in that direction."

According to Franzen, Shadley fits the mold of the prototypical Doane football player.

"On the field, his passing ability is really good," Franzen said. "He's a sharp, polished player, and the more you get to know him, you see that he's a competitor. He's got a little bit of an edge to him, that as a college quarterback, you have to have. We liked his talent and then we get to know him, that really drew us in as a kid that was a total package. He's a good kid -- comes from a good family. As far as character goes, he'll fit in with what we want out of our football players."

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