Steven Escoboza is a sophomore at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. The young athlete has been playing the center, guard and middle linebacker positions. Escoboza weighs in at 6'1" and 240 lbs. He has been playing organized football for two years. Escoboza says he would like to be a Trojan, but his ultimate goal is to play college football.
Clay de Leon caught up with Escoboza to discuss his progress as a football player:
How long have you been playing football?
"I've been playing football for about two years now, I got accepted to the varsity team, this will be my first year of varsity, I'm skipping junior varsity. I'm the second team center right now."
"Just going to college and playing football is one of my biggest goals. I really would like to go to USC, there's a few other colleges I would like to stay in the PAC-10 because it's close to home."
So what colleges in the PAC-10 interest you?
What attracted you to USC?
"I saw that they are a really good team, I saw my first Rose Bowl and they won, they have always been a winning team and that's what I like. I grew up in Echo Park in Los Angeles and we moved to Burbank a year ago and I started playing football here."
"I've talked to Pete Carroll, that's the only coach I've talked to. We talked a little about football and how long I've been playing."
What other sports have you been involved in?
"I played track, I throw the shotput. I concentrate on football, but during the off-season I still do the shotput. Before high school I played baseball."
Discuss your camp experience.
"I attended the (Mario Danelo) Kicking Academy. The camp was really intense, and I learned a lot. The coaching staff was great. I went back to my high school and showed my coach my long snapping and I'm the starting long snapper now."
"On the Offensive Lineman Camp, I learned a few steps that I can do to make myself better, which I took back also, so I'm doing a lot better. The coaches are impressed with my footwork. I worked with Coach Pat Ruel at the lineman's camp."
Concluding Remark: Football Matters…
"In closing, I'm not just looking at USC, I'm looking at playing at the college level. I'd like to play in the PAC-10 and be close to home, but in the end, I want to be able to play college football."