2024’s Brad Vera explodes off the line of scrimmage like a missile | Youth1

2024’s Brad Vera explodes off the line of scrimmage like a missile

Brad Vera is one of the best players from the Kissimmee, FL area in the Class of 2024.  


The 6-foot, 220-pound Vera, who attends Tohopekaliga High School, is a dynamic player that works as a defensive lineman.



No matter the opponent, every game Vera is determined to give it his all. 


Vera is going all out. 


The motor is always at full throttle whenever Vera steps between the lines.


“My mindset for my position is to be deadly, athletic, always ready for battle, and ready to strike at the right moment,” Vera said. 


Vera has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the field. Vera tells why he enjoys the game of football so much. 


“What I love the most about playing football is the passion I have for the sport,” Vera said. “I’ve been playing football since the 4th grade and football has really been my lifelong passion and my dream. Football really made me open my eyes and see the bigger picture. I love the thrill of being able to make a play and help my team.”


Vera has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life. 


“What playing has taught me in life is to work hard because hard work always pays off,” Vera said. “Also, to be dedicated to something and don’t do anything halfway.”


Vera shares his favorite memory of playing football.


“My favorite memory of playing football was in Little League,” Vera said. “The game was tied up. During overtime I make it to the back field and blow up the running back on 4th down. Then we scored and won the game.”


Vera takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Vera makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.


“How I demonstrate being a good teammate is being able to teach others, staying focused during practice and games, picking up my slack and improving on it. Also, keeping a strong mindset and being mentally ready,” Vera said. “The best advice I’ve given a teammate is to stay focused and pay attention to what the coach has to say. If you make a mistake, go back and correct it.”


Vera is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.


“What I’ve learned from coaches to be a better person is to always work hard in the classroom and on the field to always help out those in need. Be good to everyone because you don’t know how their day was and you can always be that person who treated them nice,” Vera said. “The best advice a coach has given to me is to work hard on the field in the classroom and to be a role model off the field and on the field.”


Vera patterns his mentality after this standout. 

“The player I look up to is Chase Young,” Vera said. “Even though he is a rookie, his work has paid off. He is a different animal on the field and always applying pressure on the field.”

Vera lists world history as his favorite subject in school. 


“I get to know cultures and ancient civilizations,” Vera said. “It really gets me focused in the class because I find it so interesting to me to know all what happened in the past.”


Vera explains his collegiate aspirations. 


“My dream college has to be LSU,” Vera said. “it would be a blessing to go to LSU. It’s been a dream of mine because their defense is always applying the pressure. They know what to do in tight situations to be the apex predator on the field and the coaches there are skilled to apply teaching skills to their players.”


Vera is striving for greatness in all that he does. 


“My goal on and off the field is to be a hard worker,” Vera said. “If I work hard on the field I gain more experience. I want to work hard in the classroom to score the heights possible grades.”



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