November 16, 2018

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Diamond in the Rough: CJ Casma

CJ Casma is 1st team All-District, Defensive Tackle at St.Michael High School. He is hardworking, determined, and a outgoing individual. Football to CJ is more than a sport, it has taught him various lessons that can help him throughout life. Rising to the challenge is a understatement for Cj, he looks beyond the challenge and is always trying to find a way to set a new standard. 

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How old were you when you started playing football?

I was 12 years old, I really did not know to much about it but I was interested when I seen it on tv. I spoke with my dad about getting involved and the rest was history.

At what point did you know that football was the sport for you?

I fell in love with it from the start. When I did start to learn more about it, my love grew even deeper. I seen improvements and that is when I knew this is something I could potentially go to college for.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Family and friends, they’ve all seen and knew how good I’ve become since I’ve grown. They want me to play in college, so that’s what drives me to get better at practice. Especially on Friday night’s they can see not only me, but how far the team has come together.

What makes you different from all the other recruits out there?

I think what makes me different is the fact that I don’t play like I’m in high school. I hold myself to a higher standard, so if my mind is set to play on a higher level, then I go out and compete on a higher level.  On Fridays I want to be the best in everything I do and play as if I’m already at the next level. Also, I’m coach-able and I can take criticism from coaches and learn from it. I realize it is not about stats but about doing your job to the best of your ability because it helps the team overall.

What has football taught you about overcoming adversity?

It taught me that everything is not going to go the right way, and that it is okay. You learn from it and it helps you become a better person moving forward.

What has football taught you about yourself?

I’ve learned that everyone has a breaking point, and that the harder you work the harder it is for the other team to make you break. I’ve learned about myself how to become a better leader on and off the field. I volunteer for various charity events and other activities in the community that helps me gain knowledge in more than just football.

What helped you balance being an excellent student while being a outstanding athlete?

Time management, always planning ahead to make sure I do everything that I am supposed to, to the best of my abilities.

What is one word that describes you and why?

Coachable, because I will not get down on myself because it is a learning process. They are the coach and they know what they are doing, which will help me better as a individual and I help my team get the win.

What are your future career plans?

I plan on majoring in Kinesiology, and become a personal training or coaching. I feel that I can help others better themselves, while helping myself. My ultimate goal is to help others be the best they can be.

 

Height: 5’11

Weight: 258

Bench: 255

Squat: 485

Power Clean: 275

GPA: 2.8

 

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