Donald “DJ” Rawley, a soon-to-be senior who attends Polytech High School, is a athlete and will graduate in 2020. His main sport is football but he started doing track this year, as well. DJ decided to do track with hopes that it would improve his running form and speed for his senior year in football. Football wise, DJ is an all-around athlete and loves the game. Offensively, he plays wide receiver, both on the outside and in the slot. Defensively, he has experience playing cornerback, safety, and some outside linebacker.
DJ says that his favorite position to play is slot receiver, even though he himself and coaches have said that he plays better as a safety. Last season, DJ had 94 tackles, two interceptions (one of which was a pick six), two forced fumbles, and was awarded second team All-Defensive back. You can check out his junior season highlight here. DJ hopes that his efforts this season and next season are enough for a college team to give him an offer.
“My future plans for football is continue on to the next level. I just signed to First State Preps Recruiting to help my pursue this goal and play at the next level.” DJ said, when asked what his future plans for football are.
Polytech’s football team has not been very good in recent years, as their 2017 season (6-4) was only their 4th winning season in school history. Even though the school has not had much success, however, DJ is very optimistic about this upcoming season.
“My expectations for the 2019 season as a team is to make the playoffs, trying to get everyone on board hold them accountable,” said DJ. “Now, on a individual level I hope to make first team All-Conference, as well as All-State. I hope to get at least 100 tackles this season as well.”
His play style is very unique, as he would describe it as aggressive but smart. When playing in the slot, DJ runs good routes and knows how to find openings in the defense. Once he gets the ball into his hands he’s a threat to score. DJ has very good hands and you very rarely see him drop passes, regardless of the circumstances. On defense, DJ is very good at attacking the ball carrier and filling the gap as a safety. He has very good movement and can redirect himself if the ball carrier switches field, does a move, or even when a receiver runs a crisp route.
One of his most memorable moments during his high school career is when he jumped over a defender against Caesar Rodney to recover a fumble that sealed his teams first ever win against them. Another moment is when DJ took the opening kickoff of the season 96 yards for a touchdown. DJ is a leader on and off the field and always holds himself and his teammates accountable. He never skips or misses a workout or practice no matter the day or weather and is always watching film during his free time to find out opponents scenes, make himself better by seeing what he did wrong, or learning/dissecting the playbook.