Player Spotlight: Sean Westgate

We spotlight Sean Westgate, 5-11, LB, Oak Park High School. Westgate, the leading Tackler on the team averaging 8.8 tackles per game and leads the team in sacks with 7...

Sean Westgate

Oak Park High School

Positions: LB/RB               
Ht: 5'11        Wt: 190        40 Time: 4.5

High School Coach: Coach Brian Crum

Football Awards:

2006-1000 Pound Club, 2005 Varsity Rookie of the Year as a sophomore.



PrepCA: What were your stats from last season?

Westgate: The leading Tackler on the team averaging 8.8 tackles per game and leads the team in sacks with 7 and has 2 Pass Defense and 12 QB Hurries.

The #2 Rusher on the Team with 66 carries for 461 yards and 5 TDs

11 catches for 110 yards


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Westgate:  In the first playoff game of last year, against a very good Grace Brethren Team, I caused a fumble by the QB, picked it up and scored.


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

Westgate:  This season I want to get team in the CIF Finals and for 2007 I want to get bigger faster stronger.


PrepCA: How did you prepare for the upcoming season?

Westgate:  I worked hard in the weight room


PrepCA: Will you be attending any summer camps?

Westgate: Right now I have not planned for this summer.  Last summer I went to the UCLA Camp.


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

Westgate: I have worked hardest on tackling and I want to keep improving on my Pass Coverage & Tackling


PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Westgate: There are many of my team mates that I respect.  This is a team game and they are all important to me and the team.


PrepCA: What are your goals as far as playing in college?

Westgate: I want to play at the Division I level.


PrepCA: What are your current top five schools?

Westgate: Michigan, Cal & Oregon


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

Westgate: I have been described as the "Best Player on the Field", because I am Fast Linebacker with decent size and I make run reads very well


PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete?

Westgate: Brian Urlacher


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

Westgate: No matter what happens in football, your grades will always be the most important.


PrepCA: What do you bring to your HS as a player?

Westgate: I make the Oak Park Team better because, I play assignment football as much as I can and I play for the team.


PrepCA: Every football player has something that makes them special, What is that for you?

Westgate: I have had to deal with adversity in my family, however they have still supported me and that makes me work harder.


PrepCA: What is your message to any College that is interested in you?

Westgate: I think I can help a lot of programs, even if I am not starting, I can help on special teams or anywhere else.


PrepCA: What Other Sports do you play?

Westgate: I run Track and participated in the 100, 200 and 4x1.


Coach Crum's Comments: "Sean is the type of player who only comes along every once a long while.  He is a combination of speed, intensity, instinct, and power.  He plays at a speed that few others can match and makes plays that make you shake your head.  On offense he is always a threat to score and on defense, if you don't do every thing you can to game plan around him, he will make plays all night long.  With all that said, his strongest attributes are his personal ones.  He is extremely coachable, intelligent, and a natural leader among his teammates. Any school that gets him will be very lucky."


We would like to thank Sean and his coaching staff for allowing us this interview! 


Athletic directors or coaches who would like to suggest a player, coach or game to be featured may contact football staff writer Ken McGee at routerite@sbcglobal 

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