Jonathan Kloosterman: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week March 20

STRASBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Strasburg High School, home of the Rams and home to tight end, Jonathan Kloosterman.

"His motor runs nonstop. He's active all over the field, very coachable. He's always given 100 percent on and off the field," said Mark Roller, Jonathan's football coach.

Jonathan's senior season looked to be the best one yet, but then disaster struck.

"When it happened, I heard it snap. That didn't sound good and then I started crying a little bit because I knew that this could be serious. This could be a season-ending injury," said Jonathan.

He was right and his dream of playing college football seemed shattered after an ankle injury left him confined to crutches.

Jonathan wasn't satisfied by just sitting in the stands watching his team, he wanted to support them from the sideline.

"I was a captain. I didn't want to leave my team hanging in the dirt. I wanted to be there. I wanted to be supportive on the sideline. I had to continue being that leader from the sideline," said Jonathan.

"His leadership there was a motivation in trying to encourage those kids to keep moving forward without him," said Roller.

Even though he was on the sideline of the field, he was never off to the side of the classroom.

He knew he would have to rely on his grades for college.

"His work ethic is 100 percent sound. I think he has the ability, unlike a lot of students to put the blinders on and to focus on the task at hand," said Larry Vance, one of Jonathan's teachers.

"Academics is what's going to take you as far as you want to go. That's really what's been on my mind. Its really all about academics," said Jonathan.

Next year, Jonathan will go to JMU to major in kinesiology and his dream of playing college football is back on track.

He has been working hard on rehabbing his leg and just decided to walk-on to JMU's football team.

"I knew if I wanted to play college football, I was going to have to work extremely hard everyday to get back to where I was," said Jonathan.

"He really put forth the time in the weight room and rehabbing to come back from that injury," said Roller.

"I have no doubt that we're going to be reading about him in a couple of years. We're going to associate Jonathan Kloosterman with the word success," said Vance.


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