1 on 1 with DE Sean Pelkisson

Sean Pelkisson is a 6-3 230 defensive end who plays for Downingtown West high school in
Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He is a menace good speed and power to bully offenses at the line of scrimmage. He can close in on runners giving them no breathing room and he can apply instant pressure on the quarterback. Pelkisson had 100 total tackles(61 solo tackles) 25 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks his junior season. His physical build and play could see him be a linebacker at the pro level. I had a talk with him about his recruitment and growth as a player. Plus the impact he can provide at the next level.

LJ: You are an impressive prospect. When did you know you wanted to play football?
Sean: My mom swears I have had a ball of some sort in my hand since birth. I loved watching football with my grandfather and started playing flag at the age of 5. I played quarterback in youth leagues and freshman year but really took to defense as a sophomore. I want to play football in college and I am committed to working my butt off for the coaches and program that believes in me.

LJ: What was your most impressive game this past season? What were the stats in that game?
Sean: I had two games where the stats were almost identical. The Downingtown East game I had 12 tackles and really managed to disrupt their run game. I was all over the field and got to their QB a ton. The Avon Grove game I had 10 tackles, but I got to their QB through double teams and disrupted their game plan all night. I even had a pancake block so my teammate could run in a 50 yard TD!

LJ: What programs have been showing you the most interest?
Sean: I feel like I just made a name for myself on defense this year so I haven’t gotten to talk to a lot of coaches. I had a game day visit at Towson, was invited to Kent State for a game and received twitter DMs from a few coaches but no heavy recruiting yet. I’m confident in my abilities and I will continue to work hard on the field and in the class room and I know I will find the right program. I can promise any coach looking for a hard worker, who will give 100% every practice, drill and game, that I am your guy. I have emailed my game film to every DE coach on the east coast, so I’m willing to work to get noticed.

LJ: What makes you a stand out as an elite defensive end?
Sean: I’m not 6’5 so a lot of folks don’t think I’m tall enough to play DE. But, I get off the line very quickly and I think I surprise other teams with my strength. Starting as a sophomore at defensive end I was playing against much bigger and stronger lineman. I spent all off season in the weight room and with a speed coach to ensure I was more powerful going into my junior season. I put on thirty pounds, and I improved from 31 tackles as a sophomore to 100 as a junior. I’m back in the weight room and speed & agility workouts determined to have a beast of a senior year. What I may lack in height I make up for in tenacity!

LJ: What visits do you have scheduled?
Sean: I am planning on visiting Delaware, Merrimack, JMU and Lehigh. I went to a game day visit at Towson back in November.

LJ: What are your top schools right now?
Sean: My top schools in no order are JMU, Temple, Towson, Villanova, Lehigh, NC State, Coastal Carolina, Merrimack, University of Delaware, Richmond, Monmouth, St. Francis, Bucknell, Colgate and PSU

LJ: Do you have a dream offer?
Sean: My dream offer would to be to play under Sean Spencer at PSU

LJ: What are you looking for in a school to commit to?
Sean: A good education, a strong family atmosphere and a football program that will challenge me to be my absolute best.

LJ: What do coaches of other programs like about you?
Sean: I’ve gotten feedback that I interfere with teams run games and put a ton of pressure on their quarterbacks. One coach pulled me aside after our game and said "kid you were everywhere we wanted to go." By mid-season a lot of teams ran away from my side, so I had to worker harder to get in on plays and make tackles. I’m relentless and I’m going to keep coming for you the entire game.