Recently PrepCA had the opportunity to talk with Bobby Best of Gilroy high school. Best projects as DE at the next level but pulls double duty playing both offensive and defensive line for the Mustangs. Best has a nice combination of strength and agility that has drawn the attention of D1 schools.
PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Bobby Best: The fact that you are able to show off your athletic ability at the height of physical competition with others.
PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?
Bobby Best: 6' 3 and 240 pounds.
PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?
Bobby Best: Junior year, game against Palma high school, right before half time my ankle was sprained pretty good and I had to go back in after half time even though I could barely walk. The adrenaline kept me going and it was the first time Gilroy had ever beaten Palma.
PrepCA: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Bobby Best: To become a greater force on defense and just pave holes for our running backs whenever and against whoever.
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?
Bobby Best: This summer I am training with my team everyday in our six o'clock morning practices that include weightlifting, conditioning and teamwork. I have been to three different combines in the off-season and I was happy with my shuttle, which averaged in the 4.3 range and my vertical, which averaged around 31 inches.
PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Bobby Best: Well, the area I have been trying to improve on is the physical aspect on the defensive side. I think I can always improve there. That was the only thing last season that kept me from getting more sacks.
PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Bobby Best: Our middle linebacker Taylor Micali. Our running Back Justin Sweeny and our kicker Neil Martin
PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and tell us why?
Bobby Best: I would have to say my weak side guard Carlos Estrada, the guy is always there at our early morning practices and while everyone looks all lethargic he always has an ear to ear smile on his face and says "good morning Bobby" no matter when I see him or what I am doing, he is a great guy.
PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Bobby Best: I would like to stay on the west coast for the most part but what I really want is to be able to play and have my athleticism carry me into college so I am able to get a full ride.
Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who is your top 5?
Bobby Best: There are a few colleges recruiting me, I have heard from Cal, Stanford, USC and also San Jose State, UC Davis and San Diego State those are the ones off the top of my head, however, so far I have not had any offers.
Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Bobby Best: I would definitely stay in state as I said earlier I would actually prefer it.
Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Bobby Best: I can only think of one player off the top of my head, it was a nose guard from San Lorenzo Valley High school, he plays for Oregon State now, when I faced him I was a lot smaller than I am now and I was just a sophomore, but definitely that was one of the only games I have been just bull rushed right over on either side of the ball
What other sports do you play?
Bobby Best: I also do track; I compete in the shot put and discus.
What is your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Bobby Best: Bench 350, squat 650, power clean 350, 40 yard dash 4.82.
How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Bobby Best: I think my coach would say I am a very dedicated athlete and one of the strongest players he has seen, as well as a good sportsman and student.
Who is your favorite pro athlete?
Bobby Best: I think one of my favorite athletes would be professional shot putter John Godina because he is still at his prime in his thirties in a sport where more young people who cheat with steroid use and he has been on the top of his game for over a decade.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Bobby Best: Do what ever it is you want to do… that being the bottom line. Anyways, but my father always tells me that, to do what I want, and not what someone else wants me to do, because that I wont like it and there is no point in doing it then.
PrepCA would like to thank Bobby and his family for their help with this interview.