September 17, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Colin Larson

Colin Larson is the starting center at Brusly High School.  He has perfect size for an interior lineman, listed at 6’3’ 295.  Going into his junior season, I personally have Colin rated as a 6.8/10 with huge upside and potential to rank up over the next two seasons.  His bench max is listed at 315 and it shows on film, where he is consistently able to overpower opposing d-lineman often resulting in pancake blocks.  No matter pass or run play, he takes out the middle of the line. He always creates running lanes and clear pockets for his teammates.  This young man already dominates as the anchor of the offense and he can only get better.

For starters, your reached out to us which is not very normal. How did you hear about us?

There were a few people on my team that had interviews and I wanted in on it so I went online to contact you guys to see what I could do to get one for myself.

How long have you been playing football?

I started when I was 10 years old in a youth program we had right here in Brusly.

What would you consider your biggest accomplishment so far?

I think it would be making 2nd team all-district as a sophomore.

How was last season for your team?

We went further than any other Brusly team has ever gone in the playoffs. We lost to the state champions in the third round. It was a historical season for us.

What are your expectations for this year?

As a team we are looking really good, everyone is working really hard right now. As a player I am trying to get first team all-district and do what I can to help the team become champions.

What position are you playing this year?

I’m starting at center, but I am also learning how to play guard in case we need me to be there.  I might also get to do some long snapping this year.

Who do you try to model your game after?

I’m a big fan of LSU myself, so I really liked watching Lloyd Cushenberry. He actually came on a zoom call and talked to our o-line and I really enjoyed that.

What is something you want to improve on?

I want to try to be quicker, with my feet and getting off the ball. Its going to be one of the main things I focus on.

I rated you as a 6.8/10, how would you rank yourself?

As of right now, I have plenty I can improve on. So, I definitely can’t give myself a 10. Right now, I’m probably good where you have me because I have plenty I can work on.

Have you every played any other sports?

When I was little, I played just about everything. Mainly I used to play basketball, but in the 9th grade I started wrestling and now that is what I do outside of football.

What do you like doing in your free time?

I like to go hunting, fishing, ride my 4-wheeler, hang out with friends and just try to do things to stay as happy and active as possible.

How have you stayed in shape since last season?

I was able to workout with my old youth coach. He helped my raise my bench by 100lbs and my 40-time got faster. He has done so much during quarantine to help keep me in shape.

What do you love most about playing football?

Getting to play with my good friends, learning all the life lessons, and having my family be able to come watch me play?

How do you get ready for a game?

We have a pre-game workout, we go eat, then I chill in my locker and listen to music until its time to go out onto the field.

How often do you watch film?

As much as possible. When I have free time in class or around practice, I like to watch so I can study and try to get a step on my opponents.

How would you describe yourself as a player and a teammate?

As a player, I’m a hard worker and try to be a leader. I’m coachable, loyal and dependable. My team can always count on me.

You try to be a leader, but how was that considering you were probably younger than most of the guys starting?

As a sophomore, I knew I had to work harder than anyone else. I knew that nobody would listen to me because I was just a sophomore, but I did my best to lead everyone to be the best they can be and it worked most of the time. Not everyone listened, but most people did eventually and I appreciated that.

What motivates you to play?

I feel like I have a purpose and that purpose is to go play football. I want to use football to help the community and make everyone proud.