Mountain View athletes at the Spotlight Exposure Camp (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruitNoVA)
Mountain View Has Bright Future With Hard Working Athletes
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Mountain View High School, located in Stafford, Virginia, is home to some very competitive football. They have many talented players, and as recently as last season, they went 8-2 before bowing out to North Stafford in the playoffs. They look to improve their team next season, with returning talent and a few new faces as well. Some of those players include Ellis Jackson, Joseph Mullen, Robert Jackson, and Zachary Rodgers.
Robert Jackson is a rising junior who recently participated in the recruit757 Spotlight Exposure Camp.
He said about the camp, “It was a great experience and it was a lot of fun. Just to run some drills and get some footwork in today… These camps just help me get used to having people watch me as I workout, and it just helps me stay active.” He says he has been staying vigilant when it comes to his workout routine and schedule. “I workout just about every day of the week. I lift around four times a week and try to get onto the field just about every single day,” he elaborates. Last year, Ellis was moved up to the varsity level late in the season, and while he didn’t play too much, it was a good experience for him overall, explaining, “I think it was very good for me to know what it is like to play against guys that are definitely better than me and it will help me in the future… I expect to start this season so it will be good for me.” Robert wants to leave a positive impression on college coaches, making sure that they know he is both hard working and dedicated and that he is a player who will grind for everything on the field.
For rising freshman linebacker and defensive end Joseph Mullen, it is more about establishing himself as a key contributor for Mountain View. “I found today’s workout very helpful and informative. I found out what I need to work on more, and what needs more attention, as well as what I am good at. It was also very intense,” he said on the subject of the workout he went through.
Joe also acknowledges the fact that he has some areas of improvement, saying, “These camps help you see what needs the most work. Obviously, my footwork can use some improvement, but I think I got better when I kept going and rep after rep, it got a little bit better.” One of the big things that Joseph says is most key for a football player is self confidence. “I think one of the biggest things I have learned is that a football player needs to have is self confidence. I think I have improved my self confidence as a whole, making me a better player,” he explains. When thinking about his favorite things about football he names three main concepts. “I love the brotherhood of football, the work ethic that it teaches you, and also the respect it teaches you for other people.” Mullen expects to make the team, and to make an impact despite what he considers as a lack of size at the linebacker position.
Two other rising freshmen that are looking to make a difference and looking to improve are Zachary Rodgers and Ellis Jackson.
They play quarterback and tight end, respectively. Zachary talks about the camp he participated in, saying, “You really had to be hard working and you had to give effort every single rep in order to get noticed and it was a great experience for me.” Alex echoed similar feelings, “It was good for me to be here in front of some coaches and to show what I can do to others.” Zachary thinks that he benefited from being at a smaller camp because he avoided some nerves that may have accompanied being in front of a big crowd. “This allowed me to focus on my drills. You can just try your hardest and not have to focus on anybody,” he explains. Alex says, “As a freshman, this camp meant that I didn’t have to go up against any of the higher level players, so that was helpful for me.” The two both want to improve steadily this season while playing strictly against fellow freshmen. They both echo the fact that it can be difficult at times, but they are both ready for the challenge.
Mountain View High School has a lot to be excited about when it comes to their future. They have a lot of players who are both capable and ready to contribute. For the time being, this season, and the coming seasons, Mountain View can expect a lot of good things to come from their team, especially Ellis Jackson, Joseph Mullen, Alex Jackson, and Zachary Mullen.
– Marc Goldstein
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