January 25, 2022
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Diamond In The Rough: Joshua Westly

Joshua Westly is a 5’10” 160 pound running back out of Brusly High School in Brusly, Louisiana. He is a class of 2021 multi-sport athlete as he is also apart of Brusly’s Wrestling and Track & Field programs. On the football field, Westly has an impressive speed and cutting ability. Whenever he gets the balls in his hands, you can count on him to take it down the field as he has great hands and field vision. Be on the lookout for Westly during his Senior year at Brusly High!

CHECK OUT JOSHUA’S HIGHLIGHTS HERE

When did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play?

I started playing football at the age of six. My mother made me play! She really wanted me to get out of the house and be apart of productive activities other than playing outside.

I see you’re also apart of Wrestling and Track & Field at Brusly! What do you run in track and how would you say these two help you on the football field?

I run the 200, the 4×1, 4×2, and I long jump. I’ve also won State in Wrestling! They both help with my speed and make me faster. They also keep me really conditioned for football season.

What’s your favorite thing about being a running back?

It has to be whenever I score a touchdown. When you hear the crowd roar after you score, that’s the best feeling. It’s a different type of feeling.

Have you always played this position or did you play anything else?

I always played running back but I can play a lot of other positions! I can play receiver, corner, safety, and even return the ball. I’m an athlete, I can play multiple areas!

What hobbies do you have outside of your three sports?

I like to play video games a lot. My favorite video game is Madden 20. I also play softball with my family.

Do you have any specific goals for your Senior season?

I am just trying to win a Championship. I’m not too worried about my individual stats, I am just aiming to with a Championship.

What would coaches and teammates say about you as a player?

They would say I am hard-nosed. I am a good person who always comes with the same energy. I never change.

What have you been doing this offseason to keep yourself in shape?

I work out a lot and go to the levee a lot nearby to put in work. I also just do things like cutting the grass to stay moving.

What has this sport, or any other sport you play, taught you about life?

It’s taught me that if you quit on one thing, you’ll quit on everything. It’s a mental thing, it’s about what’s in your head and how you think.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Brusly or Louisiana in general?

Louisiana breeds some great people and athletes. If you can play football down here, you can go play football anywhere! It’s also a good climate to play in, even though sometimes it is too hot. It’s okay though!

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

I would tell them to keep their grades up. If you don’t play your first year, keep trying. You’ll get your playtime.

What would you bring to a college program and what are you looking for in one?

I’d bring a whole new player! I’d be a problem on the field that opponents will definitely have to worry about. For me, I’m looking for a family. I’m looking for somewhere that I can call a home away from home.

What would you say are some of your strengths?

I’m going to always give my all no matter who I go against. I am a hard worker and I’m never stopping. I’m also really fast. I think everything about me is up to par.

Are there any college or NFL athletes that you look up to or try to model your play style after?

I would say Jamal Charles for sure. He’s fast and can run you over, he was great.

Three words to describe yourself are?

Generous, kind, and hard working!

How do you handle wins and losses?

For wins, of course I am happy. Even though I’m happy, there’s still something you can work on. For losses, you have to just see how you lost and work on it for next week.