W.T. Woodson QB Joe Pesansky (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Joe Pesansky gets an offer from Marist
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Joe Pesansky, rising senior quarterback from W.T. Woodson High School, has begun to make a name for himself in the Northern Virginia high school football recruiting scene. At a towering six foot four and 205 lbs, he leaves no doubt that he has a collegiate quarterback’s build.
He has played football for as long as he remembers, but recently made the switch to quarterback full time. He began under center in his freshman year, but he was also versatile in the sense that he moved positions in the course of the season. “Even though I started a bit late, I knew that going into sophomore year, I had a shot at playing on varsity. Ever since then, I have just been focused on becoming a better QB. I’ve been training, lifting, and just being at the field with my boys to get better everyday,” Joe explains.
His quiet confidence and sincere personality endears him to teammates, coaches, and recruiters alike. He says that he gets those qualities from his father. Joe talks glowingly about his father and the effect he has had on his life.
“He showed me what hard work was and he is always there for me. He showed me integrity, and that when you do something, (you) always give it your best,” Joe explains.
Along with looking up to his dad, his character comes from his competitive drive. “It’s that kind of ‘go big or go home’ mentality. I’m going to go all in, and give my best every rep because I want to be the best player possible,” Joe elaborates. It becomes evident that he has not only humility, but the confidence and drive to motivate him to reach the next level of play and to become the best player he can become.
— Joe Pesansky (@joepesansky) June 22, 2020
Joe has just recently burst onto the recruiting scene, garnering only three offers to this point. He has received an offer from Ave Maria University, West Liberty University, and Marist College, his first Division I offer. He describes how happy he is to have received these offers, saying, “ Getting offers shows your hard work and dedication to your craft, and is the ultimate goal of a player’s journey to become a college football player. However, you don’t need 20 or 30 offers, you only really need one school to believe in you and to call home.”
He enjoys the attention he has received from recruiters. He thinks it’s nice to get to know new people and be able to fraternize with people with so much experience and expertise. He likes the feedback he has gotten from recruiters and coaches about his skill set and how it would play at the next level. “I think my biggest strength is my arm strength and my ability to read the defenses I have faced. I think that I need to improve on a few things, like my mobility and general strength, which, luckily, I have been doing almost daily during quarantine,” Joe explains.
Joe has always had Division I aspirations, ever since watching college football on television when he was younger. “It’s a great feeling to be able to fulfill my dreams of being a D1 athlete. It just lets you know that hard work really does pay off,” Joe says.
“The offers don’t define me as a leader or a teammate, but I would say the love and dedication that I have shown in practice, in the weight room, or at the field this off-season, gives them someone to follow. I’m a big lead by example guy, always doing the right thing when nobody’s watching. Then the attention aspect comes in but when people are looking for attention they won’t care when no one is watching. The behind the scenes work and grind we go through and the things we do when no one is watching is what defines us as a team and as men,” Joe explains in great detail.
That quote by itself, defines Joe almost perfectly. He works hard to achieve his goals, no matter what kind of attention he is getting from the outside. He does the right thing, not because it will look good to others, but because he knows it is the right thing to do. That is the true measure of a great football player, one who will make a huge impact on and off the football field wherever he takes his talent at the next level.
– Marc Goldstein