November 29, 2021
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Diamond in the Rough: Kristian Ozane

Kristian Ozane- Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana. Class of 2023 safety.

Kristian Ozane is a free safety for Westlake High School in Westlake, Louisiana. The 6’0”, 175-pound class of 2023 member maintains a 4.0 GPA. Follow him on Twitter @thekrisozane and continue reading to learn more about who he is.

Link to Ozane’s Hudl profile: https://www.hudl.com/profile/15184820/kristian-ozane

At what age did you begin playing football? Do you play any other sports?

I started playing football when I was 6. I run track and I play basketball. In track, I do long jump and triple jump, and I play guard in basketball. 

What motivated you to get into playing this sport?

When I was young, my dad played football. He put me in it, and I fell in love with it. 

What does football mean to you?

It’s more than a game. It teaches you life lessons, and it teaches you life skills for everyday things. 

What’s the biggest thing that you learned through football? 

I’ve learned leadership. There’s certain situations where somebody has to step up, even when nobody wants to. 

What’s your favorite thing about your position?

I’m a physical player. Playing safety allows me to do that, and it allows me to be a leader. 

What would you say are your main strengths on the field?

I feel like I’m a pretty smart player, and I’m a physical player. I feel like sometimes, I can help my other teammates. If they don’t know their assignment, I can help them out. 

How do you think coaches and teammates would describe you? 

They would describe me as a hard worker because they know I’m going to put in a lot of work to get where I want to be. There is no one on the team who is going to outwork me. They know I’m going to try to be the best. 

What’s the best part about playing football in Louisiana?

The competition. Louisiana football is a different kind of football than everywhere else in the country. There are only a few states where every team is that good, like Texas and Florida. But, Louisiana is still a different environment. 

What would you tell younger players who want to play high school football one day?

You can’t come into high school expecting to just be that guy. In middle school, you can be the number one player. But, in high school, you have to work harder to become that player at the top. 

How do you balance your schoolwork and football?

It’s never been an issue. I just get it done. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I could see myself playing college football. 

What things are you looking for most in a college football program?

I’m looking for somewhere I can instantly play and make a good impact. 

What would you bring to a college team that is different?

I can bring my leadership skills. A lot of guys in college work for themselves. I feel like I can help other people around me get better. 

What would you like to major in?

I’m not sure yet. One point in time, I thought about being an engineer. But, I don’t know if I really want to do that. 

Do you have a favorite NFL or college athlete and what elements, if any, do you take from their game?

My favorite NFL is Derwin James from the Los Angeles Chargers. I’ve been watching him since he played at Florida State. His skillset is unmatched, and I try to mimic that in my game. 

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

I watch a lot of film during the week tos tudy the other team to see where their weaknesses are. On the day of the game, I hydrate a lot, make sure I’m ready, then I go out there and play the game. 

Is there a specific song or artist that gets you hype before each game? 

Normally, the main song that gets me hype is Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill. I also listen to Youngboy. I think a lot of people in Louisiana listen to Youngboy to get turned up. 

How do you handle wins and losses?

I hate losing more than anything. If I have to do it, I’m going to go out there and play even harder. If somebody beats me in a rep, I’m going to make sure I win every single rep after that. 

If you can pick any one person, dead or alive, to sit down with and ask anything you want, who would you pick, and what would you ask?

I would probably talk to my grandma who passed away. I would just want to have another conversation with her. 

What is one thing could you not go a day without?

Music. It gets me through the day. It makes time pass. If I’m doing something and I want it to pass by faster, I just listen to music. It also helps me relax. 

What hobbies do you have outside of sports?

I like to read. Once you dive into a good book, that’s it. I just like it.