Player Spotlight: Mike Costanzo

Chat with Monte Vista and recent Cal commit.

Our next player spotlight comes from the big boys up front.  We had a chance to chat with Monte Vista and recent Cal commitment Mike Costanzo.  Mike was recently labeled as a four star recruit according to, here's what he had to say…..  What is your favorite block to make?

Mike: Pulling outside towards the sideline with the running back following me, also straight up drive block  What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?

Mike: 6'2/ 296/ 320/ 475/ 300/ 5.3  Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right now who would be your top 5?

Mike: offered from CAL...Committed 3 weeks later...top5.CAL/UCLA/USC/NEB/OU  What is your greatest football memory?

Mike: Last year at our cross town rivalry game we were down 10-3 and were predicted too lose.  I was playing left end when they ran a sweep across the opposite side.  I trailed and when he cut back I stripped the ball allowing our safety to grab it and run it back 60 yards for a TD and a come from behind win.  What are you doing to prepare for next season?

Mike: Training 5 times a week for at least 2 hours at a time if not more.  What are your goals for this upcoming season?

Mike: I want a ring.  I think about it every night.  Our team really feels like we have a championship team.  We also have a great line.  For my personal goals, I would like to have 20 sacks, 80 tackles and be named All American like my pops.  What is your strength as a football player?

Mike: Leadership, intensity, desire and a love for the game.  What is your weakness as a football player?

Mike: I can't stand to lose.  Sometimes defeat overcomes me and I get really down.  But I feel that it also builds a fire inside me for the next game.  Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?

Mike: Matt Silva, Brandon Sweeney, Dave Rugburg, Drew McCalister and Luke Langon.  Watch out for our line this year we could be unstoppable.  What teammate do you really respect the most and why?

Mike: I respect anyone that would put himself in harms way for the man next to him.  Which program do you respect the most? 

Mike: CAL  What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?

Mike: My dad told me that, "If you want something in your life, you and only you can go and get it."  Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?

Mike: My dad.  He had made me the man of character that I am today.  Sometimes I get frustrated with him but I realize know how much it has helped me be who I am.  Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Mike: Ray Lewis, LaDanian Tomlinson and Jerome Bettis.  What can we expect from your team this season?

Mike: NCS CHAMPS  What are your goals as far as playing football in college?

Mike: To be a leader, to get my education and hopefully get a shot at the big time.  What can you bring to a college program?

Mike: A leader and a very consistent player.  What is your favorite thing about the game of football?

Mike: The relationships that you build with your team and the feeling you get when you go out on the field with those guys, your brothers.  What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting process?  What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?  

Mike: The most surprising thing was probably that I committed early.  I always thought I would be a guy that kept everyone on the edge of their seats.  But it really made no sense to wait.  My advice would be to look for a well rounded university and really think about who and what you wanted to be surrounded by.  What was it about
CAL that made you decide that was your choice this early in the whole process?
Mike: I chose
Cal because it's the perfect fit for me.  It's close to home, I can get a great education and it's an up and coming program.  Plus our school has sent several players to Cal.  Steve Kelley and Sam Desa are there already.  Matt Russi is headed there next year and I will be there in 2006.


The staff at would really like to thank Mike for taking the time to talk with us.  We wish him and the rest of his Monte Vista teammates the best of luck this season.  Anyone wishing to talk to Mike please email me:

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