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Rossi grows into leader at Palma

Luke Rossi is hearing from colleges for both baseball and football. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Luke Rossi is hearing from colleges for both baseball and football. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Leadership is in Palma junior athlete Luke Rossi’s blood.

Rossi, a quarterback on the football team and a member of both the basketball and baseball teams, saw what it took from a young age to be a leader. His father owns his own tire business, showing him the way of how to lead a group of people. 

Which is just what Rossi is doing at every stop of his high school journey, whether that’s on the football, basketball and baseball teams or as the president at the high school.

“I think it comes from my dad,” Rossi said. “He owns his own tire business. I think owning a business you’ve got to be a leader, so I think I get a lot of it from him. He’s taught me a lot.”

With that leadership in hand, Rossi is one of the premier class of 2022 athletes in Northern California.

He began competing in sports at 5 years old, yet tackle football did not come around until high school – something he found instant success in guiding the offense.

Palma compiled a 7-3 record overall in 2019 and went 5-1 in the Pacific Coast Gabilan Division, good enough for a second place finish.

“I think just the people that have been there for me,” Rossi said. “My QB coach definitely was a big one. Coach Ivy. Some of my other coaches in just the other sports too have always been supportive of me playing multiple sports. They’ve just been a big deal for me.”

But Rossi is shining in every other venture, too.

In addition to the recruiting process picking up in football, colleges are also reaching out to him to play baseball at the next level. In 13 games during the abbreviated 2020 campaign before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the remainder of the season, Rossi and Palma compiled a perfect 6-0 record together.

Plus, Rossi holds a 4.62 GPA in the classroom.

“I think the biggest thing is just how both things have components that help you with the other,” Rossi said. “So I play baseball, football and basketball actually, so all three of them help in the other sport, and we just take little things from each sport. It gets you a lot better.”

Despite the season being pushed back to January in California, Rossi is using the extra time to his advantage to take another step up the ladder.

Rossi said he has been throwing with his receivers every day and working on getting the perfect timing down for when the regular season does roll around in two months

“I feel like my arm strength has definitely grown,” Rossi said. “My feet, also mechanics wise. I had to change a few things to my motion to improve a few things, and it’s gotten a lot better.”

For his junior campaign, Rossi is working for it all and eagerly prepping for the highest of highs when it’s all said and done.

“My goal is to win league MVP this year and hopefully win a CCS championship with our team,” Rossi said. “I think we can definitely do it this year.”

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