The straight story from 2003 Cougar OL recruit Jeff Akeroyd.
DD - Tell us a little about your high school team and the highlights of this past season.
JA - I go to Monterey High School, which is a 5-A school in Lubbock. We started our season out against San Marcos in Texas Stadium. We then played Abilene High, Copperas Cove, Midland High, and Odessa Permian. Unfortunately, we went 0-5 against these opponents. We then had an off week to regroup and re-dedicate ourselves and swept through district play going 5-0. We then beat El Paso Socorro in the 1st round of the playoffs, upset the #9 Abilene High Eagles in the 2nd round, and were beat by Arlington High in the 3rd round. The highlights of last season included keeping our district win streak alive (it is now at 18 wins in a row), knocking one of the Abilene teams out of the playoffs for the 3rd straight season (Abilene High: 2000, 2002 Abilene Cooper: 2001), and making it to the third round of the playoffs for the 3rd straight season (though this last season was extremely disappointing to not go further).
DD - Tell us a little about Coach James Morton?
JA - Coach Morton is probably the most intense man I have ever met. He puts 100% of his energy into our football team and without his extraordinary work ethic that he instills in his players we would not have been as successful as we have been. He and Coach Briles are good friends and coincidentally, they remind me a lot of one another.
DD - What other activities/sports do you participate in currently?
JA - I currently participate in track (shotput), which I have done for the past three years. I also powerlifted from 9th to 11th grade, and played baseball my entire life until sophomore year when I decided to concentrate on football.
Jeff #77 in the trenches.
DD - What hobbies or other interests (ie. hunting, fishing, etc.) do you have?
JA - My family and I go to Red River, New Mexico every summer to fly fish, which is my favorite thing to do. I also love to hunt and play video games with my friends.
DD - Who recruited you for UH and how did that develop?
JA - Coach Briles and Coach Clements recruited me to come to Houston and I feel like I have established a very good relationship with both of them. It started when Coach Briles got the job back in December. He called Coach Morton and told him that he wanted to talk to me. A week or so after talking to him Coach Clements called me and invited me down for a visit on January 10th.
DD - What was attractive to you about coming to Houston, the university and the city?
JA - The thing that I enjoyed most about the visit was the atmosphere at the University. Everyone was extremely excited about the new program being installed and there seemed to be a lot of support from everyone everywhere we went. I had never been to Houston before but I liked it immediately.
DD - How much did the hiring of Art Briles play into your decision?
JA - The hiring of Coach Briles was definitely one of the biggest parts in my decision. I had only received a couple of letters from the previous coach but had never spoke with any of them. If Coach Briles was not in Houston I don't know that my decision would have been the same.
DD - It must be a thrill to be part of Coach Briles' first class, how does it feel?
JA - I am really looking forward to the opportunity of being a part of his first class. The year before I got to the high school, Monterey was 5-6 and it needed a bit of a turn around to head in the right direction. My first year on the team we went 11-2, so the situation of getting a team headed in the right direction is very familiar to me and something that I would love to be a part of.
DD - What was your recruiting visit like, what took place?
JA - When I got down to Houston on the 10th we went to the Double Tree Hotel and all of the employees were wearing U of H hats and it really made an impression on me. I was down there with Kevin Kolb, John Harrel, Bennie Swain, Drew Tate, Byron Alfred, Beau Tuft, and some others and all of the recruits were thrilled to be there. We toured Reliant Stadium, had pictures taken with the Heisman Trophy in jerseys with our names and numbers on them, Carl Lewis spoke to us, and this was all in about 3 hours. We got to spend a lot of time with the coaches, players, and other recruits which I really enjoyed because it gave us a chance to get to know each other and learn a lot about what a special thing was happening in Houston.
DD - Do you want to play right away or would you prefer to redshirt?
JA - I would definitely prefer to redshirt so I could get bigger, stronger, and faster and really get to know the system so when my times comes to get on the field I don't have to think, I can just play.
Mark, Jeff and Karen Akeroyd on Signing Day.
DD - What are your current physical attributes (height, weight, 40-time, etc.)?
JA - I am currently 6'3'' and weigh 275 lbs. Though I have not tested in the forty since the season begun I ran a 4.9 just before we started two-a-days.
DD - What do you plan to study at UH?
JA - I plan to study engineering though I do not know which aspect of it yet. I am interested in electrical, civil, and mechanical but I have not done enough research to know exactly which program is the one for me.
DD - Tell us a little about your teammate Ty Byrd?
JA - Ty and I played on the varsity together for two years and he is a very good athlete. He ran a 4.5 at the Texas Tech camp last summer and was the best DB on our team for the past two years. The other team very rarely threw to his side and when they did it was not likely to be completed. He also played receiver for us this past season and when he went in the other team knew who we were throwing to, but it didn't seem to matter because he would usually catch it anyways. He is also in the top 10% of our graduating class. He is thrilled that he is coming to Houston.
DD - Do you have anything that you would like to tell the CoogFans out there?
JA - I appreciate all the support and welcomes that you have given my family and me. This is the biggest decision I have ever made but with the support of you and my family it was a very easy decision to make. Thank You.
Jeff, thank you for giving us your commitment and letting the CoogFans get to know a little about you.
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