Interview with Josh O’Rear
by Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, and School?
My name is Josh O’Rear, and I played QB for Northlake Christian High School. I am now signed to play at Louisiana College.
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-4, 190 lbs
LAFM: Any impressive accolades or stats from last season?
I was Honorable Mention All-State, Offensive District MVP, and First Team All-District QB. I had 31 TDs, close to 1600 passing yards, and 650 rushing yards.
LAFM: Northlake had its first undefeated season in school history last season. What made you guys successful, and how was it making history?
We really just came together as a team. Over the summer, we looked at each other and knew we had a shot to be really successful and go far. We put in the work, effort, and the heart. Every day in practice (even when we did not want to be there) we stuck with it. It really paid off. The team was a great group of guys that were lead by a great group of seniors. We seniors had been there for a while and had the experience. We took the lead, the underclassmen followed, and we were able to make a great team.
LAFM: When did you first get in touch with the Louisiana College? Who got in touch with you?
I want to say around the beginning to middle part of my senior season. Coach Brian Wallace got in touch with me. I think the coaching staff saw some game film on me and the the other guys from Northlake Christian that are going. He made a visit to come talk to us in person. He really liked our film, personality, and what we stood for as a group.
LAFM: Who else from Northlake is going to be a Wildcat?
Our RBs Taylor Mussachia (RB), Jordan Rider (RB), (WR) Riley Dimaggio and our WR Stefon McElveen are all going.
LAFM: Was there any other schools you were looking at during the recruiting process?
I was looking at Millsaps and Rhodes as well.
LAFM: Why did you choose Louisiana College? What did you like about your visit?
I liked the program and the coaches a lot. The coaches are real personable with the players. I liked what they stood for and they all seemed like really good guys. It seemed liked they cared for you more as a person than as a football player.
We took a visit shortly after the high school season. I got to meet a few of the players and walked around the campus. I really liked the campus. It was not too big and not too small. I liked the layout and just thought it was a really nice place.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors helping you along the way of your recruiting process?
Definitely my dad and my older brother. My older brother played football at Millsapps. He always gave me good advice, and we could always talk about different things when it came to the game. Coach Agresta as well. He helped me through the recruiting process. He would talk to me and help me with my decisions.
LAFM: What do you bring to the Louisiana College Football Program as a player? What do you bring as a QB? What do you bring as a leader?
I feel like I bring a good amount of football knowledge. I have been around the game since I was 5-6 years old. I have a lot of experience and education when it comes to football. I also bring athleticism, because I am a pretty versatile QB. I have a little speed so it is not like I am just a pocket passer. I can move as well as throw. I am a vocal leader but am also a lead by performance kind of guy. I like to show my performance on the field and then have others follow.
LAFM: What is one thing you think that you need to improve upon or adjust to going to the next level?
I would say reading defenses. In high school, you generally get your basic cover 1, 2, and 3. In college, they disguise the defenses as well as invent all sorts of different things. I am going to have to get used to what the defenses throw at me.