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Talking With Streamwood Athlete Taro Ishikawa Class Of 2024 - Name To Keep An Eye Out For


By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell



Taro Ishikawa Streamwood Athlete Class of 2024 5'10 195


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Taro Ishikawa how was your sophomore season? My sophomore season was really a roller coaster of emotions, first game we won against West Chicago blowing them out almost by 50 points, and when we went against Bartlett was the game where I played my heart out the most because of the record that Streamwood has against them. I really played because of my brothers around me who had played their hearts out on the field. We lost the game by one point, and I personally was really emotional after that game. The rest of the season we lost some close games because of little mistakes that we had practice on, the problem was they were still a lot of players on the team not taking the season seriously which led to our losing season. Overall, the season was a great experience for me because it was my first real high school game. I had an injury the last two weeks which led to me not playing the last game, but I promised all the seniors I would be the player on the field that stands out next year. What does football mean to you? Football is an escape for me, without football I don’t know what I would be doing, I fell in love with the game at a young age and football has been there for me when no one was, I owe the game my life. What should college coaches know about you? I am 110% dedicated to the game of football and I work as hard in the classroom as I do on the field

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field? I am able to run through traffic and get up field, I can turn short gain plays into long gain plays. I only fear God. What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason? During winter I have been working on my strength, I have gained 40 lbs. since Football season ended. I have improved my bench by 70lbs, my squat by 110 lbs. and my deadlift by 60lbs. I recently started working on speed and agility to make quick cuts while I’m in the hole and explode up field. How does Streamwood look for the upcoming season? Being honest, it does not too well for the linemen since all of our starters were seniors, but I have faith in my coach to get the linemen in shape for the season, our backfield however is looking great with a Junior Jaiden Thomas, Freshman Jaiden Rumble, and another sophomore Genaud Philips. No matter what I will play the hardest I can and will not even have a thought about giving up.






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