Schatz is one of three children born to Kenneth and Melissa Schatz. He grew up in Homewood and was an All-State punter and placekicker for the Homewood High School Patriots football team. He enrolled at Troy University and punted 47 times as a freshman for the Trojans, averaging 37.6 yards.
He transferred to the University of Alabama and redshirted his sophomore year before joining the Crimson Tide football team. In his junior year he punted once against Southern Miss and twice in the Music City Bowl against Minnesota. Schatz took over as starting punter for the Crimson Tide in the second game of the 2005 season. He made 50 punts over the course of the season, averaging 38.3 yards. His punts of 50 and 72 yards against Arkansas earned him SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Schatz graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and pursued opportunities to play professionally and to coach before returning to school. He completed a juris doctorate at the Birmingham School of Law in 2015 and is currently employed at the The Patton Firm in Forest Park-South Avondale.
As a candidate for City Council, Schatz has pledged to improve communication at City Hall, to support a living wage and improved schools, and to encourage entrepreneurship and economic development.
- Daniel, J. H. (May 18, 2017) "Bham Now council candidate interview: Jeremy Schatz, District 5" Bham Now