Jake Seibert is likely to be Ohio State’s starting kicker for the National Championship Game on Monday night after Blake Haubeil announced he is not with the team after testing positive due to COVID-19

Here are three things to know about Seibert ahead of Monday night’s contest.

Background

Seibert is a true freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio. He played at La Salle High School, where he was also one of the starting wide receivers. 

As a senior in 2019, he made 9-of-12 field goals for La Salle. He also went 63-of-65 on extra points. Thanks in-part to his efforts, La Salle won the Division II state title in 2019. 

Seibert made two huge kicks in the 2019 state championship game. One from 38 yards and another from 43 yards. The latter is the longest in OHSAA Division II football state championship history.

High pedigree

Seibert had a lot of support from the scouting community coming out of high school. According to 247Sports, he was the No. 2 kicker in the class of 2020 coming out of high school.

He picked the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, UCLA and Air Force.

Performance this season

Seibert had to fill in for Haubeil earlier this season due to injury. He made all 13 of his extra point attempts, but went 0-for-1 on field goals. 

Dominic DiMaccio would have been another option to fill in, but he is also out due to COVID-19.