Meet Grayslake North's OL Joshua West Class Of 2020- Someone You Need To Know
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Joshua West Class of 2020 Grayslake North 6'4 260 OL
How was the 2018 Season?
It was a lot of fun. It really showed me what type of player I was. I took a big step being moved around the line a lot and finally settled in at tackle. Our team came up short and it was a surprise to all of us but it turned into motivation for the returning kids pushing themselves in the weight room.
Favorite memory of the 2018 Season?
Definitely against Roundlake when we were at the 50 yard line and we ran the same play about 6-7 times in a row with an extremely fast tempo and we finally get down to the goal line and Jordan Curtis goes to call the play and says out of breath “Wild… just run the same play” and we scored. We were so tired for PAT and we couldn’t stop laughing at what he said for a good 5-10 minutes
What are you working on in the off-season to better yourself?
About 2-3 times a week for the past 4 months I’ve been doing Physical Therapy because I had labrum surgery at the end of the season last year so all I have been doing is working on my cardio, core, doing a lot of stretching, and my footwork, but once I’m cleared to go I’ll be in the weight room everyday and on the track running.
What should college coaches know about you?
I am a smart football player, I know from the first snap who the best kid on the defensive line and linebacker is and I try to dominate them any chance I get. I also like the responsibility of having the ball ran behind me knowing that I can make a contribution to the team with my size and abilities. I’m a great listener and I can be a great leader. Coach Baker also allows us to have input on what we do for games and practices which allows me to participate and be a good student of the game.
What do you like about playing offensive line?
I like knowing where the ball is going and what count the play is on because I can look at the defensive line and know that I will dominate. I also really enjoy being taught by a 2x Hall of Fame coach, Coach Karl Jennrich, he is a very wise and knowledgeable man who teaches football the way it’s supposed to be played. I will always remember 4-6 A-B.
What does football mean to you?
Football is something I fell in love with when I was 7 and I haven’t stopped playing since. It lets me release my emotions in a way that you can’t do anywhere else and it’s really brings people together and creates a brotherhood like no other and I cherish the memories and friendships I have made along the years
What game are you most looking forward to?
Antioch, it’s one of the most hyped up games that we play and Antioch week is always fun.
What are players at GN that I should be on the lookout for this season?
Joey Swanson, he’s a really well rounded athlete and he’s a great guy that is very likable and he just makes everyone laugh. He’s really grown as a football player from sophomore year to last year. Also Tony Hines the kid is an athlete, everything that you want to do with him on the football field he can do and he can do it extremely well over and over again.
What goal do you have for yourself this upcoming season?
I want to be the best leader that I can be, I want to be vocal and be a role model for the kids that will be the face of Grayslake North In years to come. I want to make it as far as possible and be able to reflect on any game and say I did the best I could do. I also want to have as much fun as I can everyday for my senior season.
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