President Looking Towards State Championship

On Monday night, caught up with long time Baylor commit, Chad President, to discuss their preparation for the State Championship game, this Saturday, against Aledo (TX) HS.

Long time Baylor commit, Chad President, and the Temple (TX) HS Wildcats will face a daunting task on Saturday, as they travel to Arlington, TX, and AT&T Stadium, to take on the defending State Champion Aledo (TX) HS Bobcats. BearsIllustrated was able to catch up with President, to get the latest on their preparation leading in to the game.

Before the season, Temple set a goal to play for and challenge for a State Championship. With President recovered for an ACL injury, that kept him out the previous season, the talented signal-caller was primed to leave his mark on the field, as a Senior. And after a knee scare early in the season, President showed the poise, and improvement you like to see in your seniors, and led the Wildcats to an undefeated regular season and one of the top teams in the State heading in to the playoffs. "We just tried to stay focused on every game and not the venue or what everyone was predicting would happen. We just wanted to worry about us," President said. And with Aledo coming up, that mindset hasn't changed, "It's pretty great prepping for a state championship game," he said, "We just have to stay focused on the game, cause it's still a game even though it's a state championship."

That may be easier said than done, but with a older group of players, it may not be as difficult. Still it is the state championship game, so it will be hard not to get too nervous before the game. "They've been here before, and we haven't. Nerves come with the game, but we will be ok."

Baylor fans may have gotten a glimpse in to the future, as Temple steam-rolled over Vandergrift (TX( HS, in the state semi-finals, as the Wildcats rolled up over 800 yards of offense. "It felt really good. Its fun when you plan something and everything just goes as planned. We just had to limit the penalties and keep getting better as the game went on."

President knew he would need to have a great season in order to help his team succeed, and its safe to say that he did just that. And true to form, President was quick to thank others instead of speaking for himself. "My O-line first off. Then WRs. They make it easy by getting open and catching the good balls and sometimes the bad balls, haha. And definitely Coach Spradlin for trusting my abilities." Coach Spradlin was important in helping President improve, and the type of relationship they have says it all. "It's crazy. He's the best coach I've been around. He's passionate about the game. We are always on the same page and think ahead of each other sometimes. I'm just blessed to have him as a coach."

That relationship he mentioned was an important reason for him committing to the Bears. So when Coach Phillip Montgomery left to take the head coaching job at Tulsa, President took notice. "I was upset cause of the relationship we built, but at the end of the day, I'm happy for him. He deserves it and I wish him nothing but the best."

Baylor fans will be happy to know that Chad is excited about the next chapter at Baylor, but first things first. He would like to cap off a brilliant career at Temple by bringing home the schools first State Championship in several years.

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