Chatting With Providence OL Christopher Piazza Class Of 2024
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Christopher Piazza Providence Catholic OL Class Of 2024 6'3 270
Christopher Piazza how has your offseason been so far? I am sorry I have been busy today and yesterday, but my off-season has been great. Working my tail off to not only better myself but my team as well. I have been lifting, doing agility drills, speed drills, and lineman specific drills. This work is necessary to make myself as an individual more successful on the field, but also earn that sweat equity with my team. This off-season is a detrimental one to my career, and I feel accomplished so far. How was your junior season? My junior season started off a little rough, spraining my ankle and missing the first two games, but I was able to come back healthy and ready to compete. After seeing a lot of varsity time as a sophomore, I was ready to move on to not just doing my part, but to dominate while doing so. Playing offensive line is a very special thing, and it can be hard to characterize your success as an individual without citing the success of the entire offense. As a unit, we were able to be very successful on the ground game, me being an very integral part in that. These performances let us stack up some wins and ultimately making our run to state. Even though it wasn’t our best outcome, it was a fantastic year that I am very proud of.
What should college coaches know about you? I am a very hard worker. I push myself and others around me to be the best. I love football more than anything. Between off-season and in season, it is a full year commitment. I mirror my eating habits, lifting, physical activity, etc. to what fully optimizes my potential as a football player. I am also very intelligent, with a 34 ACT and a 4.88 cumulative weighted GPA. I use my intelligence to my advantage during the game. One of the most important parts of playing offensive line is utilizing leverage in reference to the ball carrier, and I have a very strong understanding on what we are trying to accomplish as an offense. I am just a hard-working, smart, strong kid who loves the game. What do you like about playing in the trenches? I love it. There’s nothing like playing offensive line in any other sport. You are five people working as one unit. You are one well-oiled machine trying to protect your running back and quarterback. Being able to play as a unit, you really form a brotherhood with the people next to you. You are able to look to your left and right and count on them to get the job done, and they can count on you too. Past working as a unit, as an individual, you are just trying to dominate the person in front of you. Sure you have your pulling and things like that, but when the chips are down it’s me and you who is gonna dominate the other. There is no better feeling than to move someone from Point A to Point B against their will.
What player on Providence Catholic is ready for a breakout season this fall? Our team is comprised of a lot of hard working guys who are ready to step up. I think we have a lot of playmakers who can take their game to the next level, but I would trust any player on this team to step up. That was the case last year that when we needed to make a play, someone was able to. We are very excited to make another state title run with the players we’ve got, and we can’t wait to compete in the fall. That being said, I think any one of our players has the ability to do so after witnessing the work we’ve put in as a team. What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season? My first and upmost goal is to win a state championship. I put in all this hard work and time in order to put myself and the team in the best possible position to do so. After coming so close last year, I know I’m hungry and so are the rest of my teammates. It is my ultimate goal. On route to a state championship, I hope to go undefeated in CCL play, in hopes to be the best team in the CCL, which means you’re the best team in the state. Another goal I have is to be recognized as CCL All-Conference. I think my hard work should reflect in my play next year. I also hope to be a very integral role in one of the best offenses in the state by doing my job as an offensive lineman.
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