One on One with Josh Brent

DT from Bloomington Central Catholic (IL), Josh Brent is about to graduate from high school and will be a member of The Fighting Illini football team real soon. Brent took the time to talk with us about what he really expects for this up coming season. Get inside to read more from this star athlete.

Josh Brent is one confident individual. His personality is a lot like his new Coach Ron Zook: compete, play hard or stay home. Here's a question and answer that I had with Brent.

Kedric:
What have you been doing to stay in shape once football was over?

Josh:
Well, when football was over I immediately went to basketball and now I'm in track. I do the shot put. I'm currently leading class A with 57'1" so that's going really good right now.

Kedric:
Did you get the chance to attend the spring game? If so, what did you think of it?

Josh:
No, I didn't. I really wanted to, but I had a track meet so I missed it. I know there's going to be four DTs competing out there and I plan to be one of them. All I have to do is keep working, taking care of business and it will work out. I can tell you this team has chemistry and that's going to be big for us.

Kedric:
When do you report to campus and do you know who your college roommate will be?

Josh:
I will be there June 12th and they haven't told me who my roommate will be just yet.

Kedric:
How good do you really think the team will be this year?

Josh:
Really? I think we're going to be a scary team - we have so much talent. We can be great or just a year away too, because of our youth. We will just have to wait and see how things turn out. But if you're asking me what kind of team we could have wins and losses wise - I think we could go .500, so that means 6-6.

Kedric:
Josh, so many people talk about how good of a recruiter Ron Zook is. Tell us - how good of a coach is he?

Josh:
That's easy. He's a great coach. People just say he's a recruiter and he's not. Coach Zook has a plan and it's hard to do that when you don't have the players. That's what he's doing right now - putting all the players in place so the team can gel. When you don't have the right pieces it's hard for any coach and now he's doing that.

Kedric:
What about the possibility of a red-shirt?

Josh:
Not going to happen. I know that for sure. They expect me to help out a lot and play right away. I'm getting myself ready right now to come in and play, so I'm getting prepared.

Josh should be a major contributor for Ron Zook and staff over the next four years. One thing is for sure - he's one confident athlete with loads of talent. You can tell that by all the top level programs that offered him a scholarship: Michigan, Wisconsin, USC, Arizona and Ohio State.


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