One-On-One: Chris Cervizzi ‘15 - Brooks - Football
The Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. is off to an undefeated 3-0 start to begin their 2014 ISL season and much of the credit can go to their star running back, Chris Cervizzi '15.
The 5-foot-6, 175 pound running back could be one of the best kept secrets in New England, as he continues to star on the gridiron, racking up 613 rushing yards on 72 carries, to go with seven touchdowns, in only three games.
The North Reading, Mass. native entered the 2014 season as a four-year varsity starter, with over 2,100 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns in his career.
"Chris is obviously a really talented football player," Brooks Coach Patrick Foley told Mass Prep Stars. "But it is his leadership and work ethic that set him apart. He is a two year captain and there isn't a kid who works harder than he does. It's the same way outside of football. He is a kid that people around school gravitate towards and look to as an example. He doesn't stop fighting when he's running the ball. Some of the piles that he comes running out of are crazy. He's a kid that only has one speed."
The two-time team captain and All-ISL performer has grown as a football player and is currently drawing interest from schools in the Ivy League, Patriot League and NESCAC.
"In my two years with him he has become stronger and has really built up his body to be able to take the pounding that he does," Foley said.
On the heels of his big start to the season, we connected with Cervizzi for a Mass Prep Stars, One-on-One interview:
You guys are off to a strong start, with a 3-0 record. What were your expectations coming in to your senior season and what has made your team successful out of the gate?
CC: I knew that we were going to be a solid team coming into the season, as we only lost two starers from last year. Even though we gained some promising new talent, I was uncertain of how they would perform. I am really excited about our 3-0 start, but we have a lot of work to do. We are focusing on one game at a time.
Personally, you are off to a big start to 2014. What has been the key (s) to your individual success early on?
CC: I want to give credit to my offensive line for creating holes for me each and every game. Also, we have a new senior quarterback who has provided us with another threat, which keeps opponents guessing.
What was your off-season like and how did you to prepare for your senior year?
CC: Last summer I did a lot of different things. I attended several football camps and combines, and spent hours in the weight room and track. In addition, I have been a martial artist since three years old, and spent a lot of time in the dojo working on balance, flexibility, and footwork.
Talk a little about your game/ running style.
CC: I consider myself to be a powerful and explosive running back with the ability to change direction quickly.
What was your upbringing in the game of football like? Who has helped shape you along the way and when did you start playing the game?
CC: Believe it or not, soccer was my main sport up until seventh grade, when I convinced my parents to allow me to play youth football. While they did not let me play tackle football, I played in a flag football league in Peabody, Mass. My parents noticed how much I enjoyed playing, and decided to enroll me in North Reading youth football. I also got lots of pressure to play from friends like Kevin Moyette (Pingree) and Brooks Tyrrell (Marblehead). My middle school coaches were so influential in my development, and I cannot thank them enough.
In terms of the college recruiting process, what are you looking for in a school and football program?
CC: I am looking for a school that has a strong football program and great academics.
Can you talk a little about your overall experience at Brooks School and the balance of academics and athletics?
CC: Overall, I have loved my experience at Brooks. Its a great school with a lot of opportunities. Going to school six days a week, while playing sports, can be tough at times, but Brooks was the right fit for me.
Lastly, as we always ask every athlete in our interviews, name one thing that is unique, that not many people know about you?
CC: A lot of people do not know that I have been studying the marital arts since three years old, and attained a black belt rank. I train with my father, who is a tenth degree black belt, at Cervizzi's Martial Arts Academy.
See Cervizzi's junior year highlights from 2013 below:
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