"I'm just enjoying my out of school time and graduating," Rawls told GoBlueWolverine. "I graduate in a couple of days, on the 7th. I have my open house on the 12th of June. Then I'll probably leave a couple of days after my open house and head to Ann Arbor and get ready for the season."
Those plans suggest that Rawls has met the necessary requirements to be academically qualified. So it begs the question… has he?
"Oh yeah, most definitely," Rawls replied jubilantly. "(I found out) this last report card."
That moves the talented youngster one step closer to his future in a winged helmet. But the preparation isn't yet over. His chance to compete for playing time as a true freshman would be aided greatly by arriving in tip top condition. He began the process in earnest during the spring.
"I didn't compete throughout the later track meets because I was doing some training stuff at my trainer's place," Rawls reported. "I had run a 10.8 in my second meet. That was the fastest time. I was only able to run in like maybe four meets, because during track season they really don't let us hit the weights like that. Right now what I'm trying to do is hit as much weight as I can and just try and go down there in as best as shape as I can."
Speaking of weight, that has been a topic of discussion between Rawls and his soon-to-be position coach, Fred Jackson.
"I weigh 217," stated Rawls. "(Coach Jackson) said that he probably wants me to lose a few pounds, but the weight I am at right now is alright."