Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Freshman Jared Goldwire has strong start
By Mason Kelley
Jared Goldwire has had a terrific start to his high school career.
LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- The first time Jared Goldwire put on a football helmet, he was scared.
He was in third grade. He had heard stories about the feeling that comes with dishing out that first hard hit. He wanted that experience. But he was nervous.
When he finally collided with an opponent for the first time, “the butterflies were gone,” Goldwire said, and he was “ready to roll.”
“It was a mean hit,” he said. “Oh, I hit him. I hit him. It felt good, too.”
As the freshman at Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes has gotten older, he has carried the feeling of that first hit with him.
“Football is my love,” Goldwire said.
When he was younger, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound 14-year-old watched his brothers, John -- a sophomore linebacker at Eastern Washington -- and Gerald, compete in youth football. He has tried to emulate the way they play.
“Even when they were in Little League, they played with a passion,” he said. “They always wanted to win.”
Lakes coach Dave Miller has built the kind of program at Lakes that doesn’t typically play freshmen. Miller prefers to let his young player watch and learn, so they are ready to contribute as they mature. However, with a young team in 2012, Miller played plenty of freshmen and sophomores.
Goldwire stood out. He spent time at tight end, defensive end and worked a little bit at left tackle.
“I thought things went pretty well,” Goldwire said. “I thought, since I was a freshman on varsity, I had a lot to prove. I thought I did pretty well doing it. I also thought I could have done better.”
Blessed with impressive size and athleticism for his age, he has the tools to develop into a Division I prospect. But he knows he needs to put in the work in the weight room and on the practice field before he can secure a scholarship.
“Work hard and you’ll always get what you want,” he said. “I can’t let my head get big over the little stuff. I’ve just got to work hard, play hard. Get in the weight room. Do what I need to do. Coach Miller, he helps me out a lot. He said, ‘Don’t think too big of yourself. Always keep working hard.’ ”
Prior to his freshman year, Goldwire talked to his brothers about what life would be like in high school. They left him with a simple piece of advice: Don’t let anybody take anything away from you.
With each day and every opportunity, Goldwire tries to live up to that lesson in the classroom and on the football field.
“I understand that, if I want to play at the next level, it’s going to start right now,” he said. “It’s not going to start my junior year, my senior year. It’s going to start right now as a freshman.”