As you can imagine, Derek was thinking, "who is this lady?" Heck, he probably even thought he was in trouble for something. After she provide a quick explanation, Derek pointed out where his mom was sitting in the stands and he directed his focus back to preparing for the game.
|2014 La Salle Lancer and team|
captain Morgan Willcox
Regardless of who won or who lost (Izaiah will remind you that they won!), what matters to this particular story is that the music between Ronicole and Kelly played once again like it never skipped a beat. It wasn't long after the Gravy Bowl before the two families gathered together to catch up on the old times, and start making the new times. Since then, theses two families or as we simply call it, the family, have been inseparable.
Izaiah eventually transferred to Our Lady of Grace (OLG) and they had the opportunity to graduate from OLG together following their 8th grade year. Just as they did then, in a few short months they will be graduating together once again, this time from La Salle.
|2014 WR's Derek Kief & Izaiah Fuller|
at the 2013 scrimmage vs. Centerville
Now to football, why will Izaiah be important to the success of the team this year? Izaiah will be important to the team because with he and I, it gives us height on both sides. This will cause match up problems and will be difficult to defend.
How has Izaiah positively influenced and/or impacted you personally that has resulted in you improving your skills and/or work ethic? Izaiah has positively impacted me in many ways. Having a person comparable to me in size pushes me to work hard in the weight room everyday. In my opinion, it has helped us become who we are today.
If you had to sum up Izaiah in a single word, what would it be? Driven. Izaiah knew he had to buckle down this year in chasing a scholarship, and I noticed this change. He began working harder than I had ever seen him before and this even carried over into the weekend. He began straying away from the fun things, and started working toward what was really important to him.
What are a few descriptive words that you could give me to sum up who Izaiah Fuller is? Determined, focused, ambitious.
|2014 WR and college prospect Izaiah Fuller is focused!|
What is your philosophy on preparation and training and what have you been working on to prepare for your Senior season? I have worked mostly on my speed and route running ability I understand to play the position I play (WR) those 2 attributes are crucial. I have worked my butt of this offseason to be a better player for my team so we can succeed.
What motivates you to strive to be successful on the field? What motivates me is to be the best football player I can possibly be.
Talk about your relationship with your teammates, coaches and what you feel will be special about the upcoming season? We as team have grown much closer. I feel we are more than just a team,
we are a family. This upcoming season will surely be one to remember. We have new coaches and a new mindset. I can't wait for it to kick-off.
A lot of people doubt La Salle can make an impact in the GCL, while a select few BELIEVE. Tell me why you believe and what goals you and your team have for this year. I BELIEVE we will be great. We have worked too hard and too long to not be GCL Champions. Personally, I BELIEVE we can be State Champions.
What are you currently working on and need to continue to work on to take your game to the next level? I am currently working on the little things like my mechanics. I have a lot of things I want to improve on, my strength and speed. Those are big ones I need to continue working on.
|2014 WR Izaiah Fuller in scrimmage vs. Centerville|
That seems like an awful lot of stress and pressure you are under to perform. Are you looking to prove something to show these coaches why they should offer? Do you have a chip on your shoulder? I won't let this impact my performance on the field, I still have a job to do every game and that is to perform. I believe that college coaches will recognize my abilities, and see that I am a great contribution to their school and program. As for now, the only thing on my mind is WINNING.
Who do you look up to and provides you with inspiration to be the best that you can possibly be? I look up to my siblings. They inspire me every day to be not only a good football player, but a good person as well.
Izaiah's Summer Highlights:
|2014 WR and Alabama commit Derek Kief & 2014 WR and college prospect Izaiah Fuller|
(2014 ATH and UC commit Tyrell Gilbert bottom left)
I believe this team will do great things this season. I believe this team has what it takes and can be GCL Champs. I believe this team has what it takes and can be State Champs. This team and Lancer Nation have to think WE. Repeat after me: