HS Coach Comments on Steven Wesley

Shawn Killets, head coach at Bartow (Fla.) Senior High School, will miss having University of Miami commit DE Steven Wesley (6-3, 235) playing both ways for his Yellow Jackets next season. Killets, needless to say was pleased with what he got from his senior two-way starter.

"Steven had a great season; he was an impact player on both sides of the ball (DE, TE)," Killets said.

On the defensive side Wesley had 70 tackles, 6 sacks, 7 tackles for loss, 1 caused fumble, and an interception.

On the offensive side Steven Wesley contributed 20 receptions and 2 Touchdowns for Bartow.

A never quit attitude and will to win drove Wesley on the field.

"He has a drive to win. All kids talk about wanting to win, but he wanted more than anything to win and he would do whatever he could to help the team win. His motor never stopped (4.4 40 yard dash), just a good ball player; he gave everything and more for four quarters. We leaned heavily on him as a two-way starter. The only time he was off the field was on kickoffs and kickoff returns," Killets said.

The same drive that Wesley displayed on the field, no doubt transferred over to his academics.

"He took book work serious early and that is something for a high school athlete. Sometimes that comes too late, but he fully qualified early," Killets said.

It seems the Hurricanes have recruited a classy individual on and off the field in Wesley.

"Character wise he is top notch, he brought great leadership to the team and I do not see him having any problems away from the field," Killets said.

Wesley is preparing for his first day on campus.

"Steven will continue to work awful hard in the weight room. Sometimes seniors take breaks but he has not done that," Killets said.

As for the college game, Coach Killets is not yet ready to say Steven will be a first year starter but thinks he can no doubt contribute whenever and wherever he is needed.

"I do not know enough about their depth chart to say he will play early. I would love to see it, but he may need time to get acclimated with the system and the college game," Killets said.

Wesley played both ways for the Yellow Jackets but his former Coach thinks the defensive side of the ball would best Steven's best fit at the next level.

"Defensive End, but his ego would not keep him from doing anything. He can also run down on kickoff. He wants to play," Killets said.

Coach Killets hopes nothing but the best for Steven in the future, but is not about to place any unneeded pressure on the future Canes' shoulders.

"Good lord willing there is no telling what he can do. I hope I see him with his college degree and anything in addition to that will be a bonus," Killets said.

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