Joshua Rawlings is a 6-foot-5 tight end at Woodland Hills High School. After a strong junior season, Rawlings has drawn recruiting buzz from a variety of schools. Central Michigan, Bowling Green, Yale, Virginia, Temple, UMass, Western Michigan, Kent State, Akron, William and Mary, and Toledo have all given Rawlings an offer and the list is growing by the day.
Rawlings says he that he has been in contact with different coaches every day as he prepares to build on his strong 2018 season.
“I have been trying to keep in contact with as many coaches as possible,” Rawlings added. “A lot of different coaches have come in and some have been texting me.”
Rawlings says that he has embraced the added interest. While Rawlings has his eyes on a breakout season on the field, he is hoping that his play can give him the academic situation of his choosing as well.
“The biggest thing I am looking for is their academic program,” Rawlings stated. “I know I want to major in architectural design so finding the right program for me is important.”
With all of the attention Rawlings will have some pretty good programs to choose from. On the field, Rawlings attributes his added attention to an increased workload in the passing game. The versatility he brings at tight end is coveted.
“In my sophomore year, they saw I can block. Last year I was able to show I cannot only play tight end but also was a pass catcher. I showed I stretch the field.”
Still, Rawlings knows that it is the combination of the two that make him a dynamic football player. When asked his greatest strength he was proud to admit it was his blocking.
“I take a lot of pride in my blocking,” Rawlings added.
Rawlings is committed blocker who is growing as a pass catcher. He is going to spend the offseason working on his routes and athleticism and hopes that his play in 2019 can spring Woodland Hills to a trip to Heinz Field.
“Our goal every year is to play for the WPIAL Championship,” he exclaimed.
Rawlings also mentioned maintaining his 4.0 GPA. With team, individual and academic goals on his mind, the buzz around Rawlings may grow as he enters the 2019 season.