Plainfield East’s Brennen Rompa, a senior linebacker, is nothing but consistent. He averages double figures in tackles and has 110 for the season, after recording 14 solos and five assists Friday against Oswego. Rompa hasn’t made his college decision, but is interested in North Dakota, South Dakota and Southeast Missouri State.
What interests you in going to one of the Dakotas?
I’ve taken unofficial visits out there, and South Dakota seems to have a lot of interest in me. They need a lot of linebackers. They’re running a 3-4 defense, so they’re looking for linebackers.
When you were growing up, did you want to play Big Ten football?
My dad (Ed) was my role model and I wanted to play at the next level. I started playing at 8 years old for the Romeoville Spartans.
Were you afraid of getting hit?
I didn’t care. I played nose guard, too, and I’d shoot through and tackle the quarterback.
You mentioned your dad. What was his football background?
He played linebacker/running back at Joliet Catholic and ended up going to St. Francis. He went out for the pros and tried out for the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills and got cut.
What kinds of stories does he tell you about that experience?
He didn’t have much help. He said it was crazy being around all those big guys and all that competition.
Did you know that you look like Ronnie Magro from “Jersey Shore”?
Yeah, I’ve heard that, all the time. I don’t really like the guy, personally, but I’ve heard that I look like him.
If football doesn’t work, what’s next?
Something in the medical field, because that is where my strength is in school. But I won’t take a shot, because it freaks me out.