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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Landon Marsters

The Riverview High junior linebacker is racking up collegiate offers.

Riverview High junior linebacker Landon Marsters.
Riverview High junior linebacker Landon Marsters.
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Landon Marsters is a junior linebacker at Riverview High. Marsters, who is 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, received collegiate offers from Dartmouth University and North Carolina A&T University on May 8, increasing his total number of offers to eight. Marsters had 108 total tackles (six tackles for loss), a sack and two interceptions in 2023. The Rams will play their spring game jamboree against Bishop Verot High and Christopher Columbus High at Bishop Verot at 6:30 p.m. May 24. 

When did you start playing football?

I started at 5 years old, the youngest I could be. My dad (Matt Marsters) played football at the University of South Carolina. Growing up, our entire household revolved around football and sports. I loved it. 

What is the appeal to you?

I love all the connections, all the friends that I've made from it. I like being able to show off my athletic ability. It brings me joy. It's something I can do outside of school and take my mind off everything. I just go out and have fun. 

What is your best skill?

Either my work ethic or my leadership. I'm not a vocal leader. I like to lead by example and help the younger guys. I work toward what I do 24/7 and put all my effort into it. 

What have you been working to improve?

My speed and agility. It was OK last season. I worked hard on that and did a lot of extra training sessions to get a little bit better. I want better speed than my competition to help myself stand apart more. 

What is your favorite memory?

My sophomore year, my first time playing on varsity was against Sarasota High. I was thrown into the fire: we had to make four goal-line stands in a row to help get the win (14-0). I made two of the tackles solo and two group tackles. That atmosphere and my teammates having my back was awesome. 

What's the vibe of the team this spring?

We're confident. We're implementing some new things on defense, but we're all working together and we have good chemistry. We're having a good time. The spring game is against two good teams. It will be nice to see were we're at as a team, going against some top-notch teams.

What are your goals for next season?

I'd like to get more tackles than I did last season, maybe around 120. But I just want to play the best I can and help the team win, even if that means I don't try to make every single play. 

What has the recruiting process been like?

It has been fun. It is nice to see the hard work I have put in being noticed. I'm trying to live in the moment and enjoy it because it only happens once. I want to go somewhere I can get a good education, because at some point, it (football) does end. And I want to find somewhere I enjoy the coaches and where my personality will fit best. 

What is your favorite food?

Right now, I have to say crab legs. 

What is your favorite movie?

I don't know if I have one favorite. I like action comedies and I like the "Star Wars" franchise. 

What is your favorite school subject?

I like math. It just comes a bit easier to me for some reason. 

What are your hobbies?

I love to be in the gym getting stronger. I like to go fishing. Whatever I can do around my friends is what brings me joy. 

Which superpower would you pick?

Super strength. Being able to lift all that stuff would be cool. 

What is the best advice you have received?

Listen to your coaches and do what you can control. Don't go out and be a superhero. Do your alignment assignment and the rest will fall into place. 

Finish this sentence: "Landon Marsters is … "

Energetic, fun and blunt, but in a good way. I'm not going to hold anything back, but I'm not going to lie to you. I think I have good integrity. 



Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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