Diamond in the Rough: Brandon Jupiter

Brandon Jupiter: Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana. Class of 2023. Running back #22.

Brandon Jupiter is a 5’8”, 175-pound running back for Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana. Part of the Class of 2023, Jupiter maintains a 3.7 GPA while performing on the football field. He has posted a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, and a link to more of his highlights can be found below. Continue reading to learn more about Jupiter, and find him on Twitter @worldwidebrando. 

Link to Jupiter’s highlights: https://www.hudl.com/profile/15997131/brandon-jupiter

At what age did you begin playing football?

About 5, I started playing pee-wee and flag football. Right now, I run track and I play baseball too. 

What motivated you to get into playing this sport?

It was probably my dad because he’s a big sports fan. He just likes for his kids to be active. 

What does football mean to you?

Football is a lifestyle. You play football, I don’t know, you’re a football person. No one can take that away from you. I don’t really know how to explain it. 

What’s the biggest thing that you learned through football? 

How to take an L and face adversity. There’s a lot of challenges during football, especially during heated games, and it’s all about how you finish. 

What’s been the highlight of your football career so far or your favorite memory? 

The highlight of my football career is probably going 5-0 because it’s been a minute since our school has gone undefeated. Just being a part of that is exciting. 

What’s your favorite thing about your position?

Just running the ball. When you’re a running back, you get the ball and you make a move. 

What would you say are your main strengths on the field?

Probably my speed and my ability to make cuts. I’m shifty. 

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you? 

My coach would describe me as energetic. I don’t really shut up; I just keep on talking. 

What’s the best part about playing football in Louisiana?

The competition. Everybody out here is competitive and going at each other. 

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

Don’t give up. It’s going to get hard at times, but it’s all going to work out in the end. High school football is a once in a lifetime experience; you don’t want to miss it. 

How do you balance your schoolwork and football?

After practice, I usually just take a shower and go straight to school work. It hasn’t really been an issue for me. I get good grades. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Either in the league or just working somewhere as an engineer, more than likely. 

What things are you looking for most in a college football program?

A family-type atmosphere. I just want everybody to be close with each other. 

What would you bring to a college team that is different?

I would bring energy to the team because I feel like my energy is one of a kind. I’m a very hard working, committed and motivated player. 

What would you like to major in?

Chemical engineering. 

Do you have a favorite NFL or college athlete and what elements, if any, do you take from their game?

Probably Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs running back. He has that “it” factor. 

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

Usually by eating right, and then listening to music. Zoning in. 

Is there a specific song or artist that gets you hype before each game? 

I would probably say It’s On One by NBA Youngboy or something by Meek Mill. It depends how I’m feeling. 

How do you handle wins and losses?

Wins, I try not to do too much. Take it how it is and keep going to the next game. Losses, it is what it is if we lose because I’m proud of my team no matter what. We’ll take it, and move on to the next team harder. 

If you can pick any one person, dead or alive, to sit down with and ask anything you want, who would you pick, and what would you ask?

Probably my great grandpa. I wouldn’t ask him anything. I would just tell him how everything is going right now. 

What is one thing could you not go a day without?

Definitely listening to music. 

What hobbies do you have outside of sports?

If I’m not playing sports, it’s mainly listening to music or studying. 

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