All-Star nomination inspires RB Yomo to be a smarter player [VIDEO]

Vayi Yomo

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 180 lbs

Position: Running Back

Teams played for: Thunder Association (OVFL)

Graduating year: 2018

Considerations: Carleton University (CIS), University of Oregon (NCAA)

Offers: None

Having only played football since he was 13, Vayi Yomo wants people to know that he plans to become a smarter player, making him a force to be reckoned with. Now 15, Yomo says he is going to work hard to fulfill his dreams of becoming “the fastest man on the planet.”

After recently receiving an OVFL All-Star nomination, Yomo says he plans to continue to show coaches and fans alike what he can do. Last season, he had his chance.

“My highlight of last season was when I was finally able to start and play my first game as the first string running back around four games into the season,” he recalled. “It was my rookie year, so I was pretty skoked to demonstrate my skills to my coaches and show them that I am capable of being the number one back.”

Despite his high school not having a team, Yomo says he has considered a few schools to spend his post-secondary football career, such as Carleton in the CIS and the University of Oregon in the NCAA.

Upon graduating from post-secondary, Yomo says he would like to get a master’s degree in business, psychology or engineering if his dreams of going pro are not fulfilled.

When it comes to acknowledging who has shaped him into the person he is today, Yomo says he owes thanks to multiple people.

“The most influential people in my life would be all of my elementary school teachers for believing in and nurturing the skills I have today,” he said. “For football, it would be the entire Thunder association for giving me the confidence to play the game of football and developing my skills as a football player.”

In order to ensure that he remains at the top of his game, he has a strict training schedule that he follows during the school year.

“Normally I would train every day through Mondays and Fridays during the summer and only two days a week during the school year on Mondays and Wednesdays at the ALSC, a football facility owned by Paul Blackwood, and we would focus on mainly core strength, speed and agility,” he said. “They also advise us to work on our own time outside the facility to gain maximum results.”

With the all-star nomination under his belt, Yomo says he plans to keep working to become a better player.

“As always, I’m going to improve my strength, speed and ball carrier vision, and also my knowledge of the game to become a smarter player and a more athletic player,” he said.

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