Isaiah Roque is one of the best players from the Houston, TX area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot, 131-pound Roque, who attends John H. Guyer High School, is a versatile player that works as a fullback, running back and linebacker.
Roque has played for the HAFL Summercreek Bulldogs white junior team (2014), HAFL Summercreek Bulldogs maroon junior team (2015), Humble War Eagles select (11u), HAFL Atascocita white senior team (2016) and Texas Footwork Elite 7on7 (14u).
During his outstanding youth football career, Roque already received plenty of recognition such as being selected to the HAFL Hit Squad All Star senior team in 2016.
Roque is humbled for the opportunities to showcase his skills against the best of the best.
“It has shown me how hard I’ve worked and my progress from when I first started to now, and how much I’ve improved,” Roque said. “It was challenging but fun competition to go against. Also I learned a lot.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Roque is determined to give it his all.
Roque is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Roque steps between the lines.
“At running back it’s to hit the hole hard or find another one if the main one is closed. Also to truck or juke the person in front of me and score. At fullback it’s to find the first person trying to tackle the running back and put them on their back,” Roque said. “At middle linebacker it’s to read the formation and try to figure out where the play is going. Also to stay in my zone and watch for the crossing routes on pass plays and find the ball and go to it on a run.”
Roque has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Roque tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“The thing I love most about playing the game of football is the contact and intensity,” Roque said. “I love to be able to express my emotions in a positive way.”
Roque has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me so much about life,” Roque said. “Such as to keep pushing through the pain because there is always something better in the end.”
Roque recalls his favorite football memory.
“Having a great defensive game. I had three sacks in the first half along with many tackles also throughout the game. The offense was also doing great,” Roque said. “It is my favorite memory because it hyped the team up and gave everybody the confidence we needed to win the game.”
Texas Footwork founder Darren Hendricks has trained and coached Roque for the past two years.
Hendricks explains the best parts of Roque’s game.
“At fullback and running back he is very good at running precise routes. He’s always in the right place,” Hendricks said. “He was one of the most improved kids on my 7-on-7 team through catching the ball, getting faster. He never tried to do too much while still doing what the team needed.”
Roque takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Roque makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I encourage my teammates on and of the field. I tell them if I see something i think could help us with the next play or drive. I’ll sub out with anyone if they’re tired, it doesn’t matter their position. I do anything to help around,” Roque said. “I tell everyone don’t get too high or too down because the game can turn in one play.”
Hendricks adds that Roque is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He celebrates with every kid through a high-five or a pat on the back,” Hendricks said. “He’s just one of those kids that enjoys the success of his teammates.”
Roque is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coaches have helped make me a better player and person,” Roque said. “Such as not everything is going to go the right way so get back up and keep going. To get back up and keep going when you get knocked down.”
Hendricks is an advocate of Roque’s capabilities.
“In the championship game against the Goon Squad, they threw it across the middle and he was where he was supposed to be,” Hendricks said. “They tipped the ball up and he had the presence of mind to grab the ball and run for the touchdown that ultimately won the game for us, which was our first tournament championship.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Roque also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Roque has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“Since his dad is a coach I know he studies the plays a lot and spends a lot of time off the field just trying to get to know the playbook,” Hendricks said. “He makes sure he does everything right because he’s a perfectionist. He’s one of those kids that you can depend on as a coach.”
Roque is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He’s one of those kids that has an extreme amount of heart. He has great work ethic,” Hendricks said. “He’s the first one there in the weight room and the last one to leave. If you try to give him a lighter weight that most kids his age can do, he doesn’t want it. He wants to do what the high school kids do. He’s the kind of freshman that’s going to challenge a varsity kid for his position.”
Hendricks explains why he compares Roque to this player.
“He’s like Mike Alstott,” Hendricks said. “This kid, believe it or not, can squat probably around 320 pounds right now. He’s extremely strong and physical.”
Meanwhile, Roque patterns his play after these standouts.
“I look up to Ray lewis and Leonard Fournette,” Roque said. “I love the intensity they play with and they both hit hard.”
Roque is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goal on and off the field is to be a better person and player,” Roque said. “I want to make my family proud of me in all that I do.”
Before the pros, Roque dreams of being the next great Notre Dame Fighting Irish player.
“They produce the best players in the NFL and they have a great tradition,” Roque said. “I would love to be a part of their program.”
Roque lists history as his favorite subject in school.
“I like to learn about how people used to live and how different it is now,” Roque said.
Hendricks outlines the next areas of improvement for Roque.
“Just to continue to learn in different positions. Just continue to expand his knowledge at different positions,” Hendricks said. “Don’t just get tied down to the positions you play right now.”
Hendricks believes the sky is the limit as long as Roque continues to stay hungry.
“He can go to college and play for somebody,” Hendricks said. “He has all the natural ability in the world.”