Welcome to Cerda-Fied Talks, a new feature from Texas Redzone Report. We will focus on shedding light and providing insight on athletes that you won’t find anywhere else. Along with our Q&As, we will also have a podcast with audio interviews launching soon.
Today we are joined by our first guest, Charlie Vatterott out of Houston St. Thomas, aÂ 6-3, 270-pound two-star offensive guard.
Charlie is the fifth generation in his family with the name Charles Vatterott.Â His father played football for the Bobcats (then Southwest Texas State University) and won a national championship in 1982. He mentioned that if he does have a son later on in life, he plans to keep the name going, so we can look for Charlie the sixth to play for Texas State as wellÂ some day.Â His father played guard and tackle and after his time with the Bobcats, he also spent some time in the NFL with the then St. Louis Cardinals.
Charlie committed to play for the Bobcats earlier this year on April 29. Prior to his commitment, he was also receiving interest from Houston, Nebraska, Princeton, UCLA, Colorado State, Kansas, Louisiana Lafayette and UT-San Antonio. He also held offers from UNLV and McNeese State.
In his junior year, he played on the defensive line due toÂ team needs, although he stated that he enjoyed playing on the offensive line more than the defensive side. The most tackles he recorded in a single game was five. Along with football, he also plays rugby. His highlight film also includes some of his rugby games, which he mentioned helped him become a more aggressive when playing football.
Jeff Cerda: Hello Charlie, first off thank you for your time and congrats again on your commitment to Texas State.
Charlie Vatterott: Yeah anytime, I’m happy to answer questions and thank you.
JC: Alright, lets get started. When did you first start playing football?
CV: I first started playing football in the 6th grade (11 years old).
JC: What is your favorite sports memory?
CV: My favorite sports memory is beating our rivals, Strake Jesuit. Every year we’ve played them, but more specifically in the last 4 seconds of the game last year on a pass, my teammate broke three tackles to lock in the game 11 to 7.
JC: Who was your favorite coach to play for? And why?
CV: Coach Jessie German (Texans, HSFL League 8th grade) is my favorite coach I’ve played for because he was simple and to the point with all his players. He respected the team and the team respected him in return. He knew how to lift up the team in a positive way and he could show leadership on and off the field to players who were dealing with personal struggles. Didn’t just yell at someone who made a mistake, instead he worked one on one with players to fix the problem.Â
JC: What gets you hyped up for games?
CV: YouTube has a great video, it’s called “I am a Champion” and plays with college highlights.Â
JC: Do you have any pregame rituals?
CV: I’m making a commitment to myself to receive reconciliation before games. This is something that I did for my early games this past season. I wear a scapula during games and practices just asking for Gods help.Â
JC: Who is your favorite athlete?
CV: My favorite athlete is JJ Watt of the Houston Texans.
JC: Any influence on the number you wear?
CV: My dad wore #67 when he played at Texas State but the number wasn’t available, so I just got #76. I also wanted #67 because I grew up playing with that number since the 6th grade.Â
JC: What made you decide to pick Texas State?
CV: Texas State University is the best place for me. It’s growing substantially and developing a better football team every year. It’s an absolutely beautiful campus. The coaching staff has welcomed me and I’ve made a connection with OL Coach Bedell and I look forward to making it into some bowl games. My dad played for Texas State, so being a Bobcat is definitely in my blood! He played on the 82 National Championship team.Â
JC: What position did your father play when he played football?
VC: When he was in high school he played tackle. When he played for the Bobcats he played at the guard and tackle position and in the NFL he was a guard with the Cardinals.Â
JC: Which coach was a part of your recruitment process with Texas State?
CV: Offensive line coach Bedell was the coach recruiting me.
JC: I noticed on your tape that you play on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, which side do you enjoy playing on more?
CV: I enjoy the O-line much more than the D-line! For the team, I needed to suck it up and play where I was needed. It’s what our coach calls the “grenade guy”.
JC: Did you play on both sides all year? Or was most of your time spent on one side of the ball?
CV: I played on the defensive line all of my junior year and played one half of a game on both sides.
JC: Are you going back to the offensive line this upcoming season?
CV: Yes, I am returning to the offensive line this year.
JC: Did Texas State recruit you for the offensive line or the defensive line?
CV: Texas State recruited me to play guard on the offensive line only.
JC: What or who motivates you to play better?
CV: My faith is the biggest help. As far as who motivates me to play better, it’s my dad. He works hard for the family and I wouldn’t be where I am without him. He’s by biggest role model.Â
JC: Do you play any other sports? If so, what have you learned from them that you apply to football?
CV: Freshman, sophomore, and junior year, I played rugby at St.Thomas. Rugby helped me to grow closer to my teammates and develop into a young man. Rugby toughened me up and helped me strengthen my ability to be more aggressive on the field.
JC: Tell us something about you that not many people know.
CV: Not a lot of people know, but I love snow skiing in Park City, Utah!
JC: What is the best advice you have ever been given?
CV: The best advice I’ve been given is to cultivate a prayer life.
JC: Do you have a saying or motto you live by?
CV: Nah, I don’t have a specific motto or saying that I live by.
JC: What are some of your team & personal goals this season?
CV: I have 2 major goals this season as a team. First, beat Strake Jesuit for the fourth year in a row. Second, win the state championship. Both, I’m excited to say are very possible goals to be reached this year. As far as a personal goal, I would like to average 5 pancake blocks per game.
JC: Alright, lets switch gears a little bit, If you could be in any movie or tv show, which one would it be?Â
CV: If I could be in any movie or tv show, I would be on the BAU team on Criminal Minds.Â
JC: Let’s talk about some of your favorites in life, what is your favorite: Type of music? Movie of all time? Restaurant? Professional team(s)?
CV: My favorite type of music is country. Favorite movie is Cinderella Man. Restaurant is Rudy’s Barbecue and favorite teams are the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, my dads former team. Although, I like the Texans more, but if the Cardinals are playing, I will root for them.
JC: Besides football, what else do you enjoy doing?
CV: Besides football, I enjoy fishing, golf, racquetball, water skiing, snow skiing, rugby, and basketball.Â
JC: Tell the fans of Texas State what to expect when you make it to San Marcos.
CV: The fans of Texas State can expect to see an improvement in the interior OL, as well as the run and pass game.Â
JC: Alright Charlie, again I thank you for your time and I look forward to watching you play this season and next year with the Bobcats.
CV: It’s all good, I’m always happy to answer some questions. Thanks for having me on the show!