Coach Spotlight: Jack Onstott

Navy has been riding the momentum of their victory in the season finale against Army with a wave of mid-December commitments. spoke with Sean Doyle, the head football coach at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif. about Jack Onstott, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound middle linebacker, who was one of this month's committed players to the Naval Academy.

"Jack joined us on varsity as a sophomore," Doyle said. "That season, he didn't get as much playing time because we had Russell Reeder, who is now at UC Davis, and Xavier Ulutu, who's now at Fresno State, but he did nice job when he was called upon. He moved into a starting role at inside linebacker in in junior season and really developed into a terrific all-around player. Jack is a physical player, extremely fast, I think he's the second fastest player on the team, and always around the ball. This year he led the team in tackles with over 100. He's done a tremendous job for us. One play he'll always be remembered for around here was his 98-yard interception return for a pick-six in triple overtime that won us the state championship.

"Coach Steve Johns started recruiting Jack in his junior year. He stayed a little longer and talked to him about Navy and what it has to offer and I think it's safe for me to say that the conversation sparked his interest right away. He saw it as a good fit. Two of our former players, Hal Hunter and Dylon Porlas, both graduated from Navy. Taylor Esoldi, who plays on the Navy lacrosse team, is there now."

Doyle recently spoke with Navy head man, Ken Niumatalolo, who was in town for the Poinsettia Bowl, about Onstott's development as a player.

"The Navy coach mentioned to me that he likes how Jack runs and hits," he said. "His biggest thing that stands out is that he runs so well. Jack's still young and is maturing as a football player. Right now, he's listed somewhere between 205 and 210, but I can see adding 20 pounds to his frame easily and not losing any speed.

On the field, Jack's a quiet leader. He does everything he's supposed to do and he takes the time to show the other kids how it's done. Off the field, he's a solid young man who never does anything loud or boisterous. He's a big part of this school. That's what he liked about Navy after talking with Coach Johns. He told me that he thought Navy was a lot like us at Cathedral Catholic. I think he's going to go to the Naval Academy and be who his is and not anyone else, play hard, and be successful."

Cathedral Catholic's season came to an abrupt ending on November 28th in Open Division semifinals falling to Helix. The loss dashed the Dons’ hopes of a seventh title appearance in the last eight years. Onstott was an All-Eastern League selection and was recently named Second Team All-State in CIF Division 1. After graduation, he'll spend his first year at NAPS. Top Stories