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Chatting With Minooka 6'6 OL Elliot Van Der Male Class Of 2024

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Elliot Van Der Male Minooka OL Class Of 2024 6'6 300

Elliot Van Der Male how was your junior season? It was kind of a disappointment to me because I didn’t get much playing time because of issues with my playbook. It definitely woke me up to work harder and harder in the off-season and I’ve put on 40lbs to my squat and 20 to my bench in a 6 week period. I’ve also built a stronger relationship with my coaches and showed them that I’m willing to put in all that I’ve got. What does football mean to you? It means everything.. All of my time either goes to thinking about what I’m going to do to get better or actually doing it.

What do you like about playing in the trenches? I like the grind of it all and knowing that you are protecting your family behind you. It’s also great putting another grown man on his back play after play. What should college coaches know about you? I’ve never been able to just take advantage of my height and slack off. I work harder than everyone else in the weight room and off-season training because I know that size alone won’t help when I get to the next level. How good can this Minooka offensive line be for the upcoming season? I think that if everyone on our line keeps working how we’ve been, we’re in great shape to be a dominant force in the trenches.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season? I really just want to make a big impact on my team and prove to coaches that I have what it takes to become a dominant lineman at the next level. And overall just stay on my grind Who is the funny guy on the Minooka offensive line? Of the 2022 season, definitely Jeremy Marrero. Of this upcoming season, probably Nick Gloria What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I’d probably say my strongest trait is my leadership. I’m able to keep the boys ready to keep grinding and go back to the line of scrimmage ready to bury somebody.

Who on Minooka is ready for a breakout season? I’d say Micah Hamilton, he’s an absolute unit. He’s fast, explosive, and has some size to him. I believe he’s going to crazy this season!

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