Player Spotlight: John Fontes

Q & A with offensive lineman John Fontes from Basha HS (Chandler, AZ). What were your stats/honors from last season?
John Fontes: "2nd team all region center and honorable mention all state center."

What is your official height and weight?
"6-4 285."

What is your greatest football memory?
"I have two football memories that really stick out, one would be beating Gilbert on their homecoming to earn Coach McBurney his 100th career win, or our last second drive against Highland to win Basha High School's first 5A playoff game."

What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"My goals for this season are to win state of course, win region, and to be named first team all state at my position."

How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
"I attended ASU, NAU, and UofA senior camps, as well as I'm in FAST (speed training) as well as lifting every day."

What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
"I've been working on improving my footwork and speed. I'd essentially like to improve every aspect of my game."

Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"People need to be on the look out for Troy Graham (QB) and Stephen Sabin (OL/DL)."

Name one teammate you really respect and why?
"I have a lot of respect for all of my teammates but one guy that really sticks out is Jordan Brown. He came back from 3 knee surgeries throughout high school and ended up earning a starting spot his senior year."

What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"To earn a degree and earn a start for a winning program."

Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
"I hear a lot from UofA, Illionois, Air Force, NAU, ASU, and Fresno State, I haven't got any offers yet."

Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
"Yes, its not the most important thing to me but I wouldn't mind it."

What would your top 5 college choices be?
"NAU, UofA, UTEP, Fresno State, and Illinois."

Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
"Corey Benson (Corona LB) might have been the toughest player I played against, he played with a lot of speed and a lot of intelligence."

Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"Sunnyside High School, they play really hardnosed football and they play hard up or down, the whole game."

What other sports do you play?
"I am also Basha's heavywieght and I also throw shotput."

What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
"Bench- 340, squat- 450, power clean- 265, 40- 5.3."

How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
"My coach would describe me as an intelligent player with a lot of dedication, a strong player that is coachable and doesn't argue with something a coach asks of me."

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"I'd say my strengths are my intelligence, my strength, and my will power. My biggest weakness is my speed but its something I've been working really hard on to improve this off-season."
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"Reggie White because he was simply the best and he had the best work ethic and will of anyone I've watched play."

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"Go hard every play because the one you take off could make or break the game."

Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"Our team is going to be good. We're going to play hard and fast every play."
What can a college program expect from you as a player?
"A hard worker on and off the field, as well as an intelligent player."
What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?
"3.5 GPA, 1530 SAT and 24 ACT." 

What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
"Graduation percentage and the football program itself are two of the most important factors to me."

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