Focus '06: St. Joseph Regional HS C

St. Joseph Regional HS is no stranger to success. Unlike so many of the top schools around the nation that boast one or two dominating players, often enough to turn the fortunes of a game in their favor, the Green Knights are the perfect example of total team effort, with every player doing exactly what is required of them to achieve success. <p> John Tashjian, a starter all of last year, was the gel that held together his team's offensive line last year.

John Tashjian stands at 6-foot-3 and 240-pounds while playing the Center position for the St. Joseph Regional Green Knights.

Tashjian is receiving interest from a number of eastern schools, including Lehigh, Colgate, Holy Cross, Fordham, Marist, Columbia, William and Mary, Bucknell, Pennsylvania and Villanova.

Though Tashjian's current list of suitors includes 1-AA schools, he does possess the kind of size required for a 1-A Center. Which is precisely why Tashjian is currently spending the majority of his free time in the weight room and on the track, in the hope of an eventual 1-A scholarship.

"Speed is what I really need to work on most," stated Tashjian in a recent interview with  Indeed, Tashjian has the type of build suitable to add additional size, but how he moves that size around will be a crucial factor in his recruitment.


For now, Tashjian (seen left, benching 245, with chains attached to each side, at Michael's One-on-One) is spending six days per week preparing for his senior season, and beyond.  He weight-trains Monday through Friday and attends Chuck Mound's Speed Training school on Saturdays.

Tashjian expects to attend the Boston College camp, set for June 20-23, in addition to Alabama on June 14, Connecticut, and the Rutgers camp.

But first and foremost, the one thing on Tashjian's mind that will occupy him for the rest of this spring and summer, is adding another piece of hardware to the St. Joe's trophy case.

"I definitely want to win another championship next year, to win the seventh straight and ultimately go undefeated."

Going undefeated means, of course, defeating, among others, their arch-rivals, Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic.

"I love playing against them [Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic].  We want to prove we're the best by beating the best.  I have great respect for both schools."

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