High expectations are following Cardinal Mooney (FL) QB Reese Vita into the 2012 season. The Sarasota-based sophomore is set to take the starting job and lead the Cougars through Division 3A. As a freshman starter on the 7-1 JV team, Vita showed why he is already prepared for the next level.
In six games, he completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns. He ran for four more and was even called up to varsity to play backup at times. More recently, Vita had a strong showing during a Spring game against Carrollwood Day.
During the 41-41 tie, he amassed 184 yards on 10-of-13 passing, threw three touchdowns and rushed for another.
Locally, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune listed Vita as one of five players to make a name for himself and one of five players to burst onto the scene thanks to the aforementioned game. Considering the football talent pouring out of Florida, such praise is telling. At 6’0 and 175 pounds, Vita stands to improve the spread offense employed at Cardinal Mooney.
As a reminder of necessary work ethic and his own spiritual devotion, he wears No. 15 in honor of another famous Floridian that has made a career of playing the spread style: Tim Tebow. With his own efforts finally starting to pay off, Vita should have scouts and writers singing his praises for the next three seasons.
Because he is just starting his own varsity career, recruiting has only recently begun according to the Vita family. To this point, Penn from the Ivy League and the University at Buffalo out of the Mid-America Conference have shown the most initial interest, but plenty more schools are sure to follow suit as Vita displays his talents at this next level.
Just as impressive as his skill on the gridiron is his discipline off it. Vita currently carries a 4.46 GPA and provides commendable work for many clubs and nearby community groups in the little spare time he has. NFA is thankful to have a player of Vita’s character and commitment in its ranks and according to camp coaches, “His first varsity season has been three years in the making with many hours on the field, watching film and putting in weight room time. We fully expect Vita to have a huge year in one of the toughest states to play football.”