Reese Vita ready to lead and succeed

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Reese Vita ready to lead and succeed

Reese Vita can’t wait to get back on the football field. Not only is the senior to be looking forward to leading Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota, Fla., back to the playoffs, Vita is pumped up after attending NFA’s first annual OpC4 camp in Tampa in early January.

“I thought it was going to be great, but it was definitely something I did not expect at all,” Vita said of the OpC4. “It was truly awesome. I really learned aspects of leadership and aspects of playing football that I never would have known before. By going to that camp, I think it really expanded my knowledge, not just of the game, which it did a lot, but of leadership and the tremendous opportunity we have to lead other people. It helped me to sharpen my skills in that aspect of football and in life.”

As a junior this past football season, Vita led Cardinal Mooney to a 7-3 record and first ever district championship while passing for 1,348 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also the Cougars’ starting QB as a sophomore, passing for 1,580 yards and 12 TDs.

Now, the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder is eyeing even more success in his final year at Cardinal Mooney. Vita said the OpC4 camp gives him an early jump on getting ready for the season ahead.

‘Positive impact’

“I felt coming out of it, it gave me a huge head start,” said Vita, who has been attending NFA camps for seven years. “I came back and already talked to one of my teammates. He’s an offensive lineman and is probably going to play Division I. We talked about all the ideas I have, all the goals we want to set. My mind’s been expanded from the OpC4 camp, through leadership abilities, through football abilities, everything. As 17- and 18-year olds, we have the ability to have a positive impact on our team.”

While he has been the varsity starting QB for the Cougars the past two seasons, Vita said the lessons he learned at the OpC4 camp are going to help him become a much better leader as a senior.

“I think leadership is something I should have on the top of my list going into next year,” Vita said. “I’ll be a senior quarterback coming in and you want to be the leader. You don’t want to just sit there. I want to take over that team and I want to be the man I say I want to be for my teammates. Not just by yelling and doing things like that, but by doing things that show freshmen and sophomores, who have only been there for a year or two, showing them by example how we want to do things. The camp also made me realize that by doing things through examples and being where other people haven’t been, it can have a tremendous affect on people.”

Given his existing skill and new-found knowledge from the OpC4 camp, Vita is a very good bet to continue playing football at the collegiate level. “I would love to be able to play college football anywhere,” he said. “I want to work hard enough to be able to play college football and do what that takes. And I think NFA has put me on the track to do that.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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