Chatting With 6'4 OL Loyola Academy Michael Kostantonov Class Of 2023 - Top Illinois Recruit
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Michael Kostantonov OL Loyola Academy Class of 2023 6'4 297
Michael Kostantonov how was your 2019 season? My 2019 freshmen season at Loyola Academy was amazing! Me being the team captain I had to make sure my team and my line was in check. We started the season off strong. We had a great run until we went against Mount Carmel, which was a game of inches. We lost that game, but that gave us more motivation to push forward on with the season. Overall we ended the season 7-1. What should college coaches know about you? I have developed a passion for football at the age of 6. I have been a team leader/captain on every team I've played on since the first grade. My coaches always count on me to set an example for the rest of the players on and off the field. I strive above all else to be a young man of integrity, putting to good use my strengths in academics and athletics as well as in my social circles. My goal is to play high level college football and to be in the NFL. I wake up everyday striving for that goal. I’m a self motivated natural leader, I am willing to do whatever is necessary to benefit my team. I feel that I am strong in character and that I am a responsible student-athlete. As an athlete, I always work to get better and will work meticulously to perfect my technique as well as put in the work to further my skill and athletic ability. Through my actions, I endeavor to leave a positive impression on all who cross my path. As they say: actions speak louder than words! What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? There are many traits a football player must possess in order to achieve success. Intelligence, toughness, resiliency, determination , size and footwork are all important aspects I’ve worked on throughout the years. I however believe that my strongest and most important trait is the ability to develop my fellow teammates and push them to be better. Everyday I strive to push my teammates to their full potential. Whether that’s from the film room to the classroom, I’m always making sure my guys are well prepared. I’ve always felt a single players output is finite. However if I’m able to push those around me and elevate their abilities, the output of the team can be infinite. What does football mean to you? For me, God comes first, then comes my family, then football, those are the three most important things in my life. Football has shaped me to become the person I am today. I eat, sleep and breathe football. Football teaches us many lessons and life skills that you cannot just learn from a school textbook. Putting on a helmet you have to be physically and mentally prepared to dominate on the field. Because of my success and knowledge that I’ve gained playing football over the years I believe that I can do anything I can put my mind to. To me, football is more than just a game, It’s a way of life.
What do you like about playing on the line?
Growing up I was always the biggest kid on the field, which had led me me to play on the line both sides of the ball. As a little kid seeing my teammates scoring and making big plays I felt a little jealous that I wasn’t able to carry the ball because of my weight and size. I grew to love and respect being an offensive lineman. Without an O-Line it's pretty hard to score. Even though we don’t get our names heard on the loud speaker, we definitely play a big role in the game. I love being a brick wall to the defense, and love seeing the running back score on a hole that I made. Trust me, its really fun to move people around like rag dolls, and seeing them on their rear ends. What can I say, some guys are just built like hogs!