Q&A with Akieem Jolla

At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, New Orleans (La) St. Augustine High's Akieem Jolla recently capped off an outstanding prep football career, and now he's looking forward to starting a career at the University of Miami.

Jolla has already drawn comparisons to the last wide receiver the Hurricanes signed from the New Orleans area - Reggie Wayne. Jolla already has the size and speed advantage over Wayne, but he's working on the intangibles that made Wayne such a great player. On tape, Jolla looks special. His size creates an instant mismatch and he's very quick off the line of scrimmage as well as in and out of his routes. He possesses good hands and can get upfield with the best of them. He simply has a natural feel for the passing game and constantly improved from his sophomore season through the end of his senior campaign.

TALK ABOUT YOUR PHYSICAL SCHEDULE RIGHT NOW: I'm lifting and running a lot. I compete in the 100, 200, and 400 in track. I'm working real hard to beat my best times from last year, which were a 10.52 in the 100, a 21.1 and a 47.9. It keeps me active and dedicated as an athlete.

WHAT JERSEY NUMBER DO YOU HOPE TO WEAR AT MIAMI: Number 80.

WHAT IS YOUR INTENDED MAJOR: Business Management.

DO YOU HAVE A ROOMMATE PREFERENCE: It doesn't matter to me, but I'd like to room with Senorice Moss. I hung out with him when I came for an unofficial visit to the Washington game. We also hung out with T Bain, so that would be straight too.

WHAT ARE YOUR INDIVIDUAL GOALS AS A TRUE FRESHMAN: I have a lot of confidence in myself and God blessed me with this opportunity so I plan to make the best of it. I want to be able to crack the starting lineup and catch about 50 balls and about 12 touchdowns. With God's strength, anything is possible and the last time they (Miami) signed a wide receiver from this area, he broke some records as a true freshman.

TWO WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE AKIEEM JOLLA: Believe in God.

WHAT AGE DID YOU START PLAYING FOOTBALL: I started when I was six. I actually started playing with the older kids because I wanted to play so bad. The other players were about eight at the time.

WHAT MADE YOU SELECT MIAMI OVER THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT RECRUITED YOU: Well, I always wanted to go to Miami. They were always my dream school. My heart was set on the Hurricanes from the start and I never had any second thoughts.

TALK ABOUT COACH LARRY COKER AND WHAT HE MEANS TO YOU: Coach Coker is an excellent person. I really admire him and what he's done. I really enjoyed meeting him on my visit because he was very down to earth and someone I could relate to. He's a guy I'm ready to play for.

TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MIAMI PROGRAM: What I see coming up are more national championships because God will give us the strength. We will have plenty of great chances because of the returning players. They will be able to pass the spirit down to the incoming freshmen, and then we can do that again next year.

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