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Player Spotlight: Isaiah Smart

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This past season Isiah Smart playing as an undersized defensive end was a big part of Moon Valley's undefeated march to the state championship.  This year with the departure of playmakers on both sides of the ball Smart will need to take his game up a level.  With the addition of weight and his natural quickness Smart is attracting the attention of recruiters across the nation.

 

24-7: What is your official height and weight?
Isaiah Smart: My official height is 6'0 and my weight is 195 pounds.

24-7:  What is your greatest football memory?
Isaiah Smart:
My greatest football memory is of course winning the state championship, but another good memory is the game against Flagstaff when I had 4 sacks, 13 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. That was a fun game!

24-7:  What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Isaiah Smart: My personal goals are to first of all get my weight up, second make sure that we win back to back state championships and third improve on my stats from last year like instead of 19 sacks I'm aiming towards 30.

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
Isaiah Smart:
I training very hard and I'm getting my speed up by running track for the first time and every day before practice I make sure to finish my workout that coach Britson gives me. I'm not exactly sure which camps I'll be attending but I do know I'll be going to the San Diego State Camp as well as the combine at ASU but as for the camps on my own I'm not sure yet.

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Isaiah Smart:
  I'm going to begin working on some linebacker skills and preparing for that but also working on spin moves and swims to help build up a few more techniques

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Isaiah Smart: Some of my teammates that are going to be dangerous are guys like Sammy Salamasina, Larron Harrington and even some of the younger guys like Vinnie Pachiulli and Matt Arthur.

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Isaiah Smart: One guy I really respect is Sammy because he is just a hardworker and he is a warrior out there and when I'm getting the sacks or making big plays he is always right there with me doing the same thing.

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Isaiah Smart: My goals are to give it everything I got to contribute to my team's success whether it means being the first guy out to practice or making sure everyone is there on time.

24-7: Based on your size what position do you think you will play in college?
Isaiah Smart:  I'm pretty sure that I'll be moving to the linebacker position but I'm not sweating it because I know I have the natural talent and the determination to do it.

24-7:  Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Isaiah Smart: Schools that are recruiting me are Oregon, UCLA, Yale, Columbia University, Chapman University, and Princeton and no offers yet.

24-7:  Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Isaiah Smart: I just want to play some where that isn't too cold.

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Isaiah Smart: The best player I ever played against would have to have been last year against Peter Walstrum but he was on the same team as me man he must have tore me up so many times just because of his knowledge of the game and knowing how to use things to his advantage.

24-7: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Isaiah Smart: One team I really respect is Centennial because they are well coached and they really have some good players that know what they are doing.

24-7:  What other sports do you play?

Isaiah Smart: I do track and either wrestling or basketball.

24-7:  What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Isaiah Smart: My bench is 330, my squat is 470, my power clean is 275 and my 40 is a high 4.5.

24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Isaiah Smart: My coach would probably describe me as a leader and one of the hardest working guys on the team.

24-7: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Isaiah Smart: My favorite pro athlete in football would have to be Dwight Freeney right now just because of the way he gets off the ball.

24-7:  What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Isaiah Smart:
 The best advice I ever received was from my coach because I always hear it from him telling me to get better and keep working hard and not to skip anything and that is what helps to make me the player I am.

24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?  What can you and your team do to make it back to the state championship?
Isaiah Smart: Next season you can expect us to come out fired up and ready to play. Especially our first game of the year against Chaparral. Also, look for our defense to be one of the best in the state and there is no doubt about it that we are coming back for another ring.

 

24-7 would like to thank Isiah, his family and Coach Britson for helping us put this interview together.



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