Player Spotlight: Jonathan Blea

Interview With Yosemite WR

At 6'4 and 200 pounds Jonathan Blea of Yosemite high school in Oakhurst, California has prototypical D1 size.  Add in a 4.5 forty and strong academics and it is little wonder that schools across the nation are contacting this receiver.  Last year Blea had 60 catches for 1,175 yards.


PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?

Jonathan Blea: My favorite thing about playing football is the feeling you get right before the game. That little bug inside you that is nervous and excited. I like to sit still before a game and visualize what I am going to do in the game. I visualize myself beating the defensive back and scoring a touchdown, and I visualize myself playing the game like I know I can.


PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?

Jonathan Blea: My height is 6'4" and I weigh 200 lbs.


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Jonathan Blea: My favorite football memory would have to be last year's championship game against Fresno High. I was hearing all week how they were a faster, stronger, and quicker team than us. How unfair it was that my school, Yosemite High School with an enrollment of about 1,000 students, had to play a school with almost 3 times the number of students.  How Fresnos' cornerback, Lawrence Hood, would shut down our receivers.  I was hearing it from people in Fresno, the writers for the Fresno Bee, and even students and from around our campus. However, our football team has been used to being underestimated so we blocked out all those voices and focused on the game that week. We lifted harder and ran harder than we had ever done before. When we got into the game with Fresno High, our coaches had us more than prepared and we dominated them from the opening kickoff. I had a good game too, with three catches for 120 yards, a touchdown and an interception. We ended up winning the game for our 2nd valley title in 3 years.


PrepCA: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?

Jonathan Blea:  I have three goals for the 2005-2006 football season. First and foremost, I want to be a team leader even if I'm not named a captain.  I want our to win another Valley championship and I want this year's team to be the best team that Yosemite High has ever put together.


PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines?  How did you do.

Jonathan Blea:  I have been preparing for the upcoming season by working out with my personal trainer, Steve Soboyna. We are working on my speed and explosiveness. I will be attending Nevada's camp on June 12th, Boise State's camp on June 19th, and Washington State's camp on June 21st. USC just came by my school last week and told my coach that they wanted me to come to their camp on June 27th, so I might do that also. I participated in the All-American combine in Berkeley, and the Nike Training Camp in Palo Alto. My numbers were OK.  I know I can do better.  I think I performed really well during the drills and one-on-one portions of the combine.


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

Jonathan Blea: I have been really working hard to improve my speed and strength. I have been working to improve my quickness so that I can get better separation from the defensive backs.


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

Jonathan Blea: We have a lot of players on our team that are flying under the radar right now. One of them is our safety Aaron Wilkins. He is around 5'11" and weighs about 175 pounds. He is a hard-hitting safety that has a nose for the football. Last year he had over 135 tackles and 3 interceptions. Another player that could possibly go D-I would be our defensive lineman Steven Rassmussen. Steven is 5'11" and weighs 215lbs. He will probably play linebacker in college because of how fast he is. He runs the 40 yard dash in around  4.7. Last year he had 16 ½ sacks and 62 tackles. He can clean 275 right now, and dead lift 570. Both of those players are currently being recruited by Oregon and are going to the Oregon camp in June. Another player that we have that's going to make an impact is sophomore running back/linebacker Josh Nunes. He runs a 4.59 40 and he can clean 245. He had over 135 tackles at his linebacker position and he currently has a GPA of 3.8. He is a player to look out for in the 2006-2007 season.


PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Jonathan Blea: One teammate that I really respect would have to be our only girl on the team Heather Simon. When she first tried out for football, a lot of guys gave her grief for being a girl. She ignored the criticism and proved to each one of us every day in practice that she belonged on the same field as us. She may not be the most talented, but she gives it her all everyday.


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

Jonathan Blea: My goal is play for a school that has a really good academic reputation because I know that one day football will be over and, besides great memories, the degree is what I will have to show for it.  I also want to play for a school that will give me the opportunity to compete for a starting position and contribute to the team's success.


PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?

Jonathan Blea: I am being recruited by Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, USC, Washington, Washington State, Michigan State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Utah, and Boston College. I do not have any offers yet.  It's tough to name a top 5.  I am really excited that  the schools named above have shown an interest in me.  I really liked talking to the coaches from Nevada and Boise Stat. They seem to be great people who are really interested in helping me achieve my goals and be


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

Jonathan Blea: Yes.  I am willing to go anywhere as long as the school's academics and football program are a good match with my goals.


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

Jonathan Blea: The best player that I have ever played against was Johnny Sears of Edison High in Fresno. He was so quick every time I would make a cut, he would be right there next to me. I ended up having 7 catches for 108 yards that game.

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

Jonathan Blea: I really respect the program that Boise State has put together. They get all these guys who the bigger colleges think aren't talented enough, and turn them into great team players. They believe in looking past just the numbers and recruiting the person.


PrepCA: What other sports do you play?

Jonathan Blea: I also play basketball and run track. I am currently playing on our school's AAU team and won the North Sequoia League championship in the 100m, 200m and 400m.


PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Jonathan Blea: I have just started lifting three weeks ago, since my track season ended. I can bench press 245, squat 355, and power clean 255l.  My 20 yard shuttle is 4.3, my vertical is 33", and my 40 yard dash is 4.58.


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

Jonathan Blea: I think my coach would describe me as a warrior because of the way I won't back down from anybody. He knows that he can count on me to perform in big games because I have had some of my best performances in my school's biggest games.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Jonathan Blea: Randy Moss. I like him because of his style of play. He is a big, fast, wide receiver that comes up big when his team needs him. I compare myself to him because we are both big, and have great separation from defensive backs.


PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?

Jonathan Blea: My parents have always stressed that I need to have a short memory. This means that I can't pat myself on the back too long when things are going good or beat myself down after I make a mistake.



PrepCA would like to thank Jonathan for his help and wish him luck in the upcoming season.





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