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I talked with highly Deerfield’s highly recruited DE/LB Joshua Maize (LPI #5 DL) on his improvements for this season, upcoming visits, and schools he’s kept in touch with the most.
You can find Joshua on Twitter @MaizeJoshua .
Wt: 230 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
Photo Credit: Tom Hauck – Student Sports
LPI: What were the most important things you did this offseason and are now doing in practice so you can improve this season?
JM: After my junior season I decided that I would take strength and conditioning a lot more serious. So I increased the type of workouts I did and level in which I did them, so that I would be physically and mentally prepared for my senior season.
LPI: Where have you camped/showcased at this summer?
JM: This summer I camped at Notre Dame, Indiana, Rivals, The Opening Regional, Purdue, and Illinois.
LPI: Which camps do you think you stood out at the most at and why?
JM: The camps I think I stood out the most at were Rivals in Kansas City and the Indiana satellite camp at the College Of Dupage. I believe I stood out at these camps because of my ability to get off the ball against bigger lineman allowed me to use my quickness and beat guys in one on ones. I also feel that I stood out at these camps because I was able to use a lot of new techniques I learned from prior camps and applied those skills to these two camps in particular and it allowed me success.
LPI: Were you on any 7on7 teams this year? If so, how did it go for you?
JM: No I did not do 7on7 this year. Instead I did more personalized Training that focused on my weaknesses with my private coach during the off-season.
LPI: You’re sitting on offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Wyoming to name a few . What are your greatest strengths or why should a school offer you?
JM: I think my greatest strength is that I have yet to even come close to reaching my full potential and I think that’s what makes me dangerous. I also feel that I possess Physical tools and traits that cannot be taught. Those two things are why I feel that schools should offer me.
LPI: Offer or not, which schools have you kept in contact with the most?
JM: The schools that I have had the most contact with would have to be Toledo, UCONN, Central Michigan, and Miami of Ohio.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
JM: I have visited most of my offers already, just a few visits left to undetermined locations. I have a few visits planned to Miami Of Ohio, UCONN and Toledo that I know of thus far.
LPI: What’re your personal goals for this season?
JM: My personal goals for this season is to reach new heights with my teammates and to be able to play at a high level for all four quarters.
LPI: You guys are doing well so far this year at 3-1. What have you guys been doing so you can get back to the playoffs?
JM: We’ve just been competing harder during every single practice. It makes the games easier and that is why we’ve been successful early on and we will continue to build on the foundation that we have laid.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates that you believe have a chance to play at the next level?
Charlie Jones: Unbelievable ball skills great motor and work effort.
Elliot (Deuce) Fuetrell: Bright kid lots of upside, tons of speed and athleticism.