Player Spotlight: Colin Kaepernick

<STRONG>Interview with Pitman QB</STRONG>

It is the hope and goal of the staff at PrepCA that some lesser known student athletes get recognition. We may have a real sleeper on our hands in Pitman (Turlock) QB Colin Kaepernick. His stats are not mind blowing but he does have some qualities that make him a very recruitable player. He is 6'5 and a 4.0 student. I'm sure this will not be the only time you hear the name Kaepernick, as we expect a breakout season from him.

 

PrepCA: What were your stats from last season? 

Colin: 73-145 for 1056yds.  15 TDs to 4 INTs.


PrepCA: What is your official height, weight and 40?  

Colin: 6' 5" 190lbs and 4.9 forty.

PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory? 

Colin: Undefeated league champions--CCC 2005, along with beating cross town rival Turlock 21-18 with 11 seconds to go.

PrepCA: What are your goals for the upcoming season? 

Colin: Make playoffs and win a section title.  It's all about the team!

PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? 

Colin: I am working hard with QB coach Roger Theder in the Bay Area once a week.  Also, studying film and hitting the weights.  Yes, I will attend the Nike combine at Stanford, and most likely the MSL combine in Long Beach.  Also, I plan on spending the month of June in the Midwest, Northwest, and California, attending as many one day camps as possible.  I'm looking at Iowa State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington State, Stanford, and Harvard at this point.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on? 

Colin: I am working hard with Coach Theder on proper mechanics for throwing.  I need to keep working on throwing over the top.  I would like to continued improvement on my footwork, plus I would like to improve on reading coverages.

PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Colin: Anthony Harding is a real good running back with speed, Justin Pleganza had a great junior year as a compliment to Anthony, and Jordan Inabnit really caught the ball well and was my go to receiver.  In the line, Spencer Snodgrass will be a 3 year starter and does a great job at guard. Nice thing is they all are juniors like myself.

PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why? 

Colin: Anthony Harding, because of his work ethic in the weight room and his unselfish play. Once again, we believe its all about the team, the rest of it will take care of itself.

PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college? 

Colin: I would like to play Division 1 somewhere.  I am not really picky as to where.  I would love to be able to contribute when the coaching staff thinks I am ready.  I figure I will most likely red-shirt, put weight and muscle on and hopefully will compete for the starting QB position my sophomore year.  If it came earlier, I'd be happy, but being realistic, I think the above is attainable.

PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? 

Colin: The ones that have expressed the most interest are, Stanford, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Nebraska, Washington State, Harvard and Oregon. They have all sent multiple letters or requested transcripts and SAT scores.  No official offers yet, but I hope to show well in the Nike combine and have one in hand before the season starts.

PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college? 

Colin: I would love to play for a California school, but as of now, more interest is coming from out of state colleges.

PrepCA: What would your top 5 college choices be? 

Colin: Stanford, Wisconsin, Washington State, Oregon, and Harvard.  I am very interested in getting a great college education along with playing ball.

PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why? 

Colin: Tommy Grove, middle linebacker from Sonora.  I was just a sophomore starting on varsity and it seemed everywhere I went, he was there.  Fast, quick, and a good hitter.

PrepCA: Name one opponent who you really respect and why? 

Colin: Carlos Palafox from Turlock.  We have been teammates up until high school.  He works hard and is an excellent running back along with being a very tough strong safety.  He is only a junior, and so I look forward to playing him again this year.  He is focused on football, and should play somewhere after high school.


PrepCA: What other sports do you play? 

Colin: I play basketball and baseball.  I have lettered in all 3 sports since my sophomore year.  It might be best to skip one, but I love to play all 3 and the challenges they bring.


PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player? 

Colin: I think he would say that I am an ultimate team player, unselfish, very coachable, and good under pressure.  I lead by example, not a rah-rah guy, but I think he would say I am a good leader.  This year as a junior I was elected captain of the team, by my teammates.  It felt good to know that they respected me.

PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why? 

Colin: Donovan McNabb.  I like his way of leading, he is very soft spoken, humble, the team leader.  There is a saying that goes like this, "if you have to tell someone how good you are, how good really are you?"  To me that is Donovan McNabb, and I hope I can be like him.

PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? 

Colin: Probably two from my parents.  "Keep your grades up" and the second, "if it is to be, it is up to me."

PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season? 

Colin: I am excited because we open the season with Granite Bay, which will be a great test.  I think we can win league again, and I really want to go to playoffs and win a section title.  I think we can if we all work really hard.

PrepCA: What position do you think you will play in college? 

Colin: Well, I want to play QB, but at 6'5" and 190, if they can put weight on me, who knows.  Last year at the Stanford camp and Northeast sports camp run by Chuck Muncie, they both had me play some receiver and tight end.  But, QB is really where I want to concentrate.

PrepCA: What can a college program expect from you as a player? 

Colin: I will give you everything I can, hard work, total commitment, team concept, leadership, and academic success.

 

The staff at PrepCA would like to thank Colin for his time and wish him luck during the upcoming season. Anyone wishing to contact Colin may email jason@24-7football.com.


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