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Long hours, family sacrifices drive Rampelberg

Drew Rampelberg eyes a CCS title. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Drew Rampelberg eyes a CCS title. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Heading into his final season as a high school student-athlete, Valley Christian quarterback Drew Rampelberg is eyeing some big things for the 2021 campaign when it rolls around in the spring semester.

And he is doing all he can to make those goals come to fruition.

Working with Deliberate training and traveling across the state, Rampelberg has immensely grown, as he said he has increased his speed by 0.2-0.3 seconds and added 10-15 pounds.

“With putting up weight, getting so much faster, Deliberate Training, working on my footwork, just doing anything I can to get better,” Rampelberg said.

For Rampelberg, all of the work he is putting in is gearing him up to do all of the winning he can while also boosting his profile on the recruiting scene.

There has not been a whole lot of film for the 6-3, 210-pound quarterback yet as a Valley Christian Warrior. As a sophomore, he played in just three games at the junior varsity level before breaking his collarbone, and then he attempted two passes as a junior on varsity behind quarterback Cory Taylor – now on the roster at Ottawa University Arizona, an NAIA school – who helped Valley Christian to an 11-2 record, a three-way share for a West Catholic Athletic League crown and a runner-up finish in the Central Coast Section Division I bracket.

With all of the work and time he and his family have put in, the film is coming, and it is coming in a hurry.

Rampelberg and his father, Brad, travel to Los Angeles to work with quarterback coaches. They wake up at 3 a.m., get down there at 8 a.m. for practice and then head right back up to Northern California after the session.

All of that, on top of working with Deliberate Training, which he has done the day after making the back and forth trek to Los Angeles, highlights Rampelberg’s motivation to be successful.

“I think the sacrifice my dad has put in,” Rampelberg said. “Like all the time all he’s thinking about is how he can help me, and having these people back me just proving to everyone that said I couldn’t do it that I can do it.”

But this time was always expected to appear. Rampelberg was always bigger. He was talented.

It was only a matter of time, as noticed when he was heading into his days as a high schooler.

“I was always pretty big for my size,” Rampelberg said. “I felt like all of a sudden people started equaling out to my size, and I was like, ‘Hey, let’s give this a shot. Let’s see what we can do.’”

During this one last ride at Valley Christian, these extra hours and drives Rampelberg is putting in have him eagerly waiting for what is expected to be a monster 2021 year.

He wants to become even better in the classroom. He wants to be an even better player on the field. He wants more film for colleges.

Most importantly, he wants a CCS title and revel in the moment with his teammates – a feat Valley Christian has come oh-so-close to each of the past two seasons as a runner-up in the section and has not accomplished since making a run to a state championship appearance in 2016.

“It would just mean the world to me,” Rampelberg said. “Just my brothers, ever since the four years at Valley Christian, just we work so hard, grind all the time. Win a CCS championship senior year – something special.”

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