Conversation With Neuqua Valley Top Recruit Defensive Tackle Justin Dutkiewicz Class Of 2024
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Justin Dutkiewicz Neuqua Valley DT/ATH Class Of 2024 6'0 220
Justin Dutkiewicz, how was your junior season?
My junior season was great. At first I wasn’t a starter and I originally played defensive end until week 4 when my coach found a better fit for me I worked for the opportunity to start at defensive tackle. It seemed like the perfect fit for me I adapted quickly and progressed every week and most of all had a fun time playing defensive tackle. Our defense for this year was amazing I loved and trusted every one of those guys starters or not, so that also helped out with me playing defensive tackle, I didn’t have to worry about anyone not doing their 1/11th so I could focus more on doing my job and doing it productively. Playoffs was tough, we defeated Lane Tech in the first round and lost to state runner ups Lincoln Way East in the second round of a close score of 17-14. Heartbreaking loss, but I’m just glad I got the playoff experience and also the experience of playing such a wonderful program such as Lincoln Way East. I know that having this experience will help me as I progress into and throughout my senior year of football. What does football mean to you? Football means the world to me, every since I was able to comprehend football I was obsessed with it. It didn’t matter what position I played, I have played offensive line, running back, fullback, linebacker, punter, and defensive end I just love being out there and competing with the group of guys I have by my side. That still holds true to this day, if coach wants me to play a different position I have no problem in doing so I just love the competition and doing what I can to help my team get a W for the week. My family is also a big football family, although none of the members of my family played collegiately they still are very into the NFL and collegiate football, so football is always on my mind.
What schools have you talked to so far? So far I have had talks with UW-Platteville and Minnesota State University-Moorhead and I was blessed to receive college visitation invites from the both of these colleges. I’m also lucky to have invites from multiple other colleges for their camps. But other than that that’s all I have had contact with so far. What should college coaches know about you?
I am coachable, I can take criticism and I fix what I’m doing wrong quickly. I am a team player, I understand football very well and I am a quick learner. When games get tight I will always be reliable to do my job and make plays even when pressure is on. I never give up on plays. I work extremely hard in the off-season, for me the season is never over work still has to get done to keep my body in shape and be prepared for the next season. I am very dedicated to everything to do with football, off-season lifts, camps, practice, games, etc. I squat over 510 pounds bench 365 and deadlift 600 pounds.
What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?
I think my strongest trait has to be my unwillingness to give up on a play, whether I get double/triple teamed or the play is the complete opposite direction, I always run to the ball and have that GATA mentally (Get After That a**, our defensive motto) This applies until the 4th quarter when the clock hits 0.
What do you like about playing in the trenches?
I like the physical aspect of it, I utilize my speed and strength to make the plays. I also like setting my boys up to make the play by doing my job. I also like the relationships that are built playing in the trenches.
What part of your game are you working on in the offseason?
I’m working on every aspect of my game thoroughly. I am focusing on my explosiveness, getting off the ball even faster. I’m working on my strength and my technique. Speed is also something that I am dedicating a lot of time to, doing speed drills and cardio multiple times a week. I am also eating a lot to put on some size while maintaining/increasing speed.
What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?
I really would like to make the all-state team and all DVC team for the DuPage valley conference and receive the All-DVC Academic award as well. Most of all I want to enjoy my last high school season as best as I can.
How does Neuqua Valley look for the upcoming season?
The team is young, but talented. We have many skilled sophomores that will get there chance to shine next year. Along with my class which includes many great athletes. I believe we will be a tough team to beat.
Who is one player on Neuqua Valley that is slated to have a breakout season?
Multiple kids have breakout potential, but I think that Silvano Spatafora (RB) will have a great season next year and has the most potential to do so.
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