Junior highlights of Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe…
Introducing J.R. Plote
Phoenix (Az.) Mountain Pointe made a huge turnaround last year, surprising everyone with a trip to the 5A1 semi-finals. This year they will not sneak up on anyone. The Pride return most of their defense and will be strong up front, led by DE J.R. Plote. He is a Q & A with the D1 prospect.Scout.com: What were your stats/honors from last season?Plote: "My final stats were 48 tackles. 4 sacks, and 2 fumble recoveries. 1st Team All-Region, All-City, Honorable Mention All-Tribune."What is your official height and weight?6-3 235 pounds. What is your greatest football memory?There have been many, but I would have to pick playing on national television in the Ahwatukee Bowl my sophomore year. Not many high school football players can say they have played on national television. It was an incredible experience and we paid back the favor this year. What are your goals for the upcoming season?I want to lead my team to our school's first state championship in football. My individual goals are to make All-State and post at least 10 sacks this season. How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?I am working hard in the weight room and my goal is to become an all-around better football player. We train with professional coach Tim McClellan during the summer and with Coach Decker in the weight room. I recently attended the Football University camp March 12-14. I had a great camp and was invited to the Top Gun camp where the best in the nation compete. From the Top Gun they nominate players for the US Army All-American Bowl. During my evaluation, Coach Donnie Henderson (AZ Cardinals) said I was a great football player and that I am a definite D-1 prospect. I have been invited to a number of college camps this summer, but haven't decided which ones I will be attending yet. What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?I have really worked hard to improve my explosiveness and quickness. I would like to keep improving on my footwork and speed. Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for? Israel (Izzy) Marshall, Chad Papineau, Chris Carl, Garrett Holle, Raymus Bryant, Kameron Robinson, Jordan Leal, and our whole team.Name one teammate you really respect and why?Isaac Kartz. He had to play behind two great running backs last year, but has continued to work hard in every area of his game. He will be a surprise for a lot of opponents this fall. What are your goals regarding playing football in college?I am open to any divisions of college football, but I would like to play D-1. I am a competitive person and I want to compete at the highest level possible.Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?I am hearing from a number of schools so far. I got a handwritten letter from Coach Baker from Montana and have talked to him a few times on the phone. He and DL coach Inoke Breckterfield liked my film. He said I am on their board and one of their top targets. Coach Baker said he would be at our spring football to look at me. I've talked to Iowa and they said that my highlight film was very intriguing. The DL Coach Rick Kaczenski said that he wanted to see more and requested a game film. I have received a good amount of mail from them and they encouraged coming up to Iowa City for their camp so they could get a closer look at me. My father is a native of Iowa and was an All-State DE and state champion there, so I've always grown up a Hawkeye fan. Yale coach Doug Semones stopped by our school and talked to me. He liked my film a lot and he wants me to come up to his camp also. I've gotten a lot of mail from Penn State and was invited to attend their camp in June. Coach Vaughan said that Washington, Boise State, ASU and a couple of other schools have dropped by our school expressing interest. I am receiving a lot of mail from the Pac 10 and Mountain West schools. Several Ivy League schools have also been showing interest because I am also a good student. Mostly from Yale, Harvard, Penn, and Dartmouth. I have no offers yet. Would you consider staying in state to play in college?Yes.What would your top 5 college choices be? Iowa, UCLA, ASU, Penn State, MontanaWho is the best player you ever played against? Why?Justin Gardner (Basha HS). I played against him twice. He was a big leader for them and he was a tough lineman. Name one opponent who you really respect and why?Basha, we played them twice last year and they have been really exciting games. They are a tough team and will never give up. What other sports do you play?Track. It is my first year throwing, but I think it has helped my explosiveness and footwork for football. What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash? Bench-285 Squat-440 Hang Clean-280 and 4.83 40 yd dash How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?He would describe me as someone with a great motor, a nose for the football, and a powerful football player with great quickness. I am a leader on and off the field.What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?My weaknesses are that I need to use my hands better and that I need to read OL quicker. I work on my hands everyday with my dad and work on my footwork. I also want to work on my speed around the edge. My strengths are my explosiveness, quickness, and my motor. I will do whatever it takes to be the best in everything I do. Who is your favorite athlete and why?Jared Allen. He is unstoppable and is a game changer. He is an offensive lineman's worst nightmare. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?Great results require great ambitions. Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?You can expect us to be bigger, faster, and stronger this season. I think we will be able to throw the ball more. We will be a force to be reckoned with and I expect us to be in the state finals. What position do you think you will play in college?I think I will play defensive end in college. I could also play tight end and as an H-Back type. I will play whatever the college coaches want me to play. What can a college program expect from you as a player?A college program can expect me to give it my all day in and day out. I will be a leader on the classroom and on the field. I will bring intensity in the weight room, in practices, and on the field on Saturdays. What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?3.73 Cumulative GPA, 4.07 Weighted GPA. I took the SAT last Oct. 1600-3 part SAT. I am taking the ACT in the summer. What will the main factors be when you choose a school?Quality of education, level of competition, and the opportunity to play as early as possible.
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