"(Joe) was a very dedicated trapshooter (growing up)," his father said. "His accomplishments came faster than we had thought. He just put his heart and soul into (shooting).
Recla said that he finds extra motivation to compete to honor the late president of the club where he first started shooting, Keystone Fish and Game.
"Some days I think about him and I put in that little extra effort," Recla said.
After the difficulty of losing someone who had helped Recla become the shooter that he is today, physical limitations stood in his way, as the result of a shoulder injury. With the ligaments in his shoulder not strong enough to hold the bones in place after recoil, Recla was forced to enter physical therapy and take time away from the range.
The shoots that he was forced to miss only made his desire to compete stronger, he said.
"After I got set off (with the injury), it made me want to come back stronger than I had been," Recla said. "I could shoot mentally, but physically, I'm in pain so it was rough for a while."
Despite shocking the trapshooting world last year with his consistency, Recla's success was not found overnight.
"It's been a process but I'd say (my progress) went faster than most people do," he said.
The fast rise that Recla has made in shooting led to him being offered a shooting scholarship to attend Midland University in Fremont, Neb., which he will do this fall.
"(A scholarship) makes me apply myself a little harder just for the fact that I know I'm there for a reason," he said.