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Barrington Senior Athlete Will Nazha Talks About The Season & Recruiting - Top Recruit You Must Know

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Will Nazha Barrington Athlete Class Of 2024 5'10 162

How is your senior season going so far?

My senior year has been incredible so far, with a team that last year that went 4-5 to being 8-0 this year so far is amazing, I’ve just seen a lot of improvement with our team and so thankful so far.

How does it feel to be 8-0?

I mean it’s amazing but it’s also what we expected and wanted to do, going into the season. The team and the guys just love being around each other and there is just that brotherhood and chemistry this year that you can’t take away from us.

What has been your favorite memory so far this season?

My favorite memory so far this season was catching my first touchdown pass in week 2 vs Prospect, it was a fake bubble route into a go, and they totally bit on it and was a big play that put us ahead in the game and just a really great moment and we ended up winning that game by 35 and we all just realized how special our team could be.

What does football mean to you?

Football means everything to me; I love playing this sport. I’ve been playing since I was 5 years old, and my love for the game is unending and I’m so blessed and thankful that God has given me the ability to play for him. And this is also why I would love to have another chapter by playing college football too and see where it takes me.

What schools have you talked to so far?

The schools that I’ve talked with so far are Dayton, Valparaiso, North Central, Wheaton, University or Chicago, Grand Valley State, Augustana, Illinois Wesleyan, North Park, Knox, and CUW. I also went to North Central’s, Northwestern’s, and Dayton’s prospect camps over the summer. The game day visits I’ve been on so far have been Valparaiso, Wheaton, and Illinois Wesleyan with North Central and Dayton on my calendar soon too.

What should college coaches know about you?

One thing college coaches should know about me is that I’m willing to work harder than any other player on the team and never give up. Most colleges look at my size and probably think that I’m not big enough, and I would tell them that they’re wrong. I go to an 8A school and have been guarding WRs and playing DBs where some have been way bigger than I am and I’m still able to prove that I’m better skilled, faster and tougher than they are. Also, I would say that I'm very versatile, as I've been playing both ways (and special teams) on Varsity as a Junior and as a Senior. I would tell college coaches that you would not regret your decision in choosing me and I would do whatever it takes for the team to succeed.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

One of my strongest traits on the football field is my ability to be able to go up and high point the ball and get an interception or make a great catch. I’ve had so many interceptions that have been high pointed against taller bigger WRs and I don’t think people look at it enough. And also just making diving catches and catching the ball I think are the strongest traits about me. Another one of my strongest traits I would say too is being able to make guys miss. Instead of getting those 3 or 4 yards on a screen, turning it into 10 or 15 yards by making a guy miss is another one of my big traits that I can do because of my quickness and drive of giving it my all on every play.

What part of your game do you feel you have shown growth in?

I feel that I have shown a lot of growth in my route running and having a purpose when running routes. As a junior I think I didn’t understand this as much as I do now. As a junior going both ways, I would just run my route just to run it, expecting the ball. Now as a senior I realize that you not only have to run your route and make good moves but have to read the defense and find those open pockets and find what they give you, and that’s why I think I’m excelling a lot more at WR this year with 575 yards on the season compared to last year.

What do incoming players need to know about this Barrington football program?

What incoming players need to know is that this coaching staff is amazing, we are so well coached as a team, and they do their best every single day and with a team that’s capable of being coachable you can see how our season has turned out. What I would say is that you need to trust the process of this program and you will learn, excel, and win games.

What motivates a Will Nazha?

I am the most competitive person you will ever meet. I don’t want to lose any drill during practice and work as hard as I can so that when the game rolls around Friday I’m prepared and it’s almost easier than practice. What motivates me is not only my competitiveness but also my faith in God. I feel that he has blessed me with the ability to play this sport and I want to do it for him and my family. They have always been so supportive of me, and I am so thankful for them and don’t want to let them down. I would love to be able to play in college at a high level and continue my career playing football.

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