JACKSONVILLE, FL – Its 6:45 a.m. as John Theus sits sprawled out on a set of metal bleachers at the Bolles School football complex, blocking the rising sun with one of his giant hands.
It's the end of July and this day figures to be hot. Summer workouts don't start until 7 a.m., but Theus, joined by his father Paul, agreed to meet two reporters a little early.
"The workouts officially end at nine, but every day for 30 more minutes to an hour the majority of us will be out here throwing the ball around and getting extra work," Theus said.
He's the No. 7 prospect in the nation, a coveted five-star left tackle that's already been the anchor on a Bulldogs' state championship team. He verbally committed to play for Georgia earlier in July.
And yet, Theus gets antsy as the start of the workout approaches.
Teammates begin to gather on the field.
"I have to go in a second," he said.
Bolles coach Charles "Corky" Rogers appears less than a minute later.
"I gotta go," Theus says, as he lurches over two rows of seats at a time to get down to the field. The team is instructed to run a lap around the field and Theus, at 6-6, 295 pounds, surges through the crowd to take the lead.
Lori Theus often works late and cooks dinners for Paul and their three sons ahead of time.
A seven-pound meatloaf and ten pounds of homemade mashed potatoes is a classic. She makes a good roast, too, John said.