Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (Central): DB Modi determined to play post-secondary football

Pitia Modi started playing football back in Grade 9 because a lot of his friends were football players, which peaked his interest.

He got his start with the St. Ignatius Falcons in the North Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (NWOSSAA), where he started to get to know the game as an outside linebacker.

“I used the first season as a way to soak in as much knowledge I could gain from the experienced players and captains,” said Pitia, who helped bring his team to a City Championship win in the 2012-2013 season.

The following year, he started as a defensive end and had to learn the new position quickly.

“I was also named one of the captains of my junior football team in my second year of ever playing the sport because of my natural leadership on and off the field and ability to move people around me,” explained Pitia.

The Falcons won the City Championship again that year, and Pitia received the Coaches Award.

He also wrapped up the 2013-2014 season by finishing top 20 in the league for tackles with 47, as well as lead the league in sacks, five, and fumble recoveries, five.

His Grade 11 season as a defensive end brought another City Championship for the Falcons, and an MVP award.

As part of the varsity team, he got to participate at OFSAA in the Northern Bowl game, but came up short.

This past season, the defensive end helped the Falcons break the school’s season record by finishing 6-1.

Pitia received the finals MVP award again, and went back to OFSAA, where they won the Simcoe Bowl.

Despite just finishing his Grade 12 season, he is reclassifying to the Class of 2018 because he realized that he is determined to play football at the next level for educational opportunities.

“Being on the CFC100 list is definitely a personal goal for myself because it proves the hard work that I’ve done has been recognized by others in the country and has been a goal I set out for myself after my Grade 10 season,” commented the Falcon.

Pitia also hits the gridiron with the Thunder Bay Minor Football Association (TBMFA) with the Thunder Bay U18 Knights.

Moreover, the defensive end is participating in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge and his goals are to improve his football skills, gain more knowledge of the game and to impress university coaches in the showcase game to prove to them he has what it takes for the next level.

During the offseason, Pitia keeps himself in shape by working out, attending spring camps and doing fieldwork to improve his footwork.

“I always try to stay active as possible during the offseason by playing many different types of sports,” added the Falcon.

On the field, his role model is Demarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys because he received a model of Ware for Christmas as a gift.

“I wasn’t familiar with football because I received the model before I started playing and I decided to research about him,” explained Pitia. “I really love how dominant he was against offences and his ability to pass rush with his phenomenal footwork and his leadership skills on the field like a general.”

The defensive end loves playing football because he enjoys the passion and aggressiveness shown in the sport.

“I’ve always been a competitive type of person who loves physical challenges and competition,” continued Pitia, “what better sport for those traits than football.”

Pitia Modi
Positions: Outside linebacker and defensive end
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 172lbs
Teams: St. Ignatius Falcons (NWOSSAA), Thunder Bay U18 Knights (TBMFA)
Class: 2018


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