John Carroll: He was a three-year starter. He's physically, mentally, emotionally a stud. Mentally tough, physically tough, emotionally strong. He's just a tough, hard-nosed football player.
BSN: He was a co-defensive player of the year in San Diego County, wasn't he?
Carroll: He was co-Defensive Player of the Year in our league in our coaches' league voting. But he was voted Defensive Player of the Year in the entire country by the Union-Tribune newspaper.
BSN: I've seen him listed at 280 pounds. Is that accurate?
Carroll: No, probably 250.
BSN: But he still moves pretty well?
Carroll: He moves real well.
BSN: Do you project that he'll play linebacker in college or will he end up a lineman?
Carroll: Well, that's what he wants. It was important to him in the recruiting process that he be given a shot at linebacker. He wanted a place where they didn't mind playing with a big guy at linebacker. That's what Colorado recruited him as.
It was a tough decision for him; San Diego State, staying local, Colorado, Boise State, Colorado State were the ones that were recruiting really as a linebacker. The other guys were recruiting as a D-lineman, and he really wasn't interested in that – you know, Arizona State and a variety of other schools were recruiting him as a lineman. It was a tough decision for him, but he's real happy with his decision and excited about it.
BSN: Did Brian Cabral recruit him?
Carroll: Yes. Well, it was an interesting thing. Kent Riddle recruited him from Boise State, and Brian Cabral recruited him from Colorado. He wound up having two guys that recruiting him.