How did your season go last year?
“It was kind of a rough year. Our defense was really good… one of the best in the state. Our offense wasn’t quite as good. We finished the season 9-2. We lost in the section finals. Defensively I probably had only about 70 tackles because our defense was that good. The tackles were kind of spread around, which is a good thing. I was the conference defensive player of the year, and I was All-Metro and All-State.”
What are your height, weight, and forty time?
“I’m 6-2 1/4, I weigh about 240 right now, and my forty time is about 4.7.”
I understand you’re quite the wrestler as well, having won the state title with at 215-lbs with a 39-4 record last year, and the state title as a heavyweight with a 41-0 record this year. Do you have any visions of maybe giving that sport a try in college as well?
“I don’t know. I say no now, but once I get there, you never know (laughing). Football has been kind of been my sport, but you never know what’s going to happen.”
Has wrestling helped you as a football player?
“Definitely. Just the competitiveness of it. Being a wrestler, you’re good on your feet, you have good balance, and it really carries over when you get out on the field. You’re playing downhill and you just kind of have a knack of finding where the ball is. It really carries over. Wrestling has definitely been a key factor in making me better at the game of football.”
What schools have offered you up to this point?
Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?
“Being a Minnesota kid, the University of Minnesota always has kind of been a favorite. I haven’t liked their coaching staff the past couple of years. Having a new coaching staff there is good. I had a “big school” interest as a kid. Once it comes down to figuring out where you want to go though, you always look at location and more realistic stuff like that.”
Who would you say is recruiting you the hardest at this point?
“Probably the University of Minnesota just because I’m from Minnesota and they’re just twenty minutes away from my house. They’re probably on me the hardest. Wisconsin and Iowa are also recruiting pretty hard.”
Who have you talked to from Michigan?
“I talked to Coach Moeller about couple weeks ago. He talked to me and basically said that he wanted me there. They want me as a middle linebacker.”
Have you gotten the chance to speak with Coach Carr yet?
“No I haven’t.”
When did Michigan first start showing interest?
“They started talking to me about a month ago. Coach Moeller came to the school one day and said that he wanted to talk to me and my dad. It kind of picked up from there.”
Had you had much familiarity or interest in Michigan before that time?
“Obviously they’re a great school. You always have interest in them, even when they’re not recruiting you. They’re that good of a school. Just to start getting recruited by them feels pretty good.”
When it gets right down to it, is distance from home going to be a factor for you?
“I don’t know. It depends on how many schools offer me and if they’re what I’m actually looking for. One of the big things for me is I want to make it to the next level. I want to play in the NFL. To have a college that produces a lot of NFL guys is kind of a big thing. That’s one of my top priorities. As far as distance goes… I’ll have to think about it a little bit more. I’d want to stay close to home if I could.”
Have you participated in any camps or combines in the past?
“I went to the Wisconsin camp last year.”
Are you going to hit any more this summer?
“I’ll probably do one day camps just so I can get to all of the schools that I want to. I’ll probably do a one-day camp at Michigan.”
Are you going to be making any visits to spring practices?
“Actually I’m going down to Minnesota this weekend to watch a practice. March 24th I’m going down to Iowa Sate, and then the next day I’m going to drive over to Iowa City and watch Iowa.”
Do you have a decision timetable?
“I’m going to try to make my decision as soon as possible just because it takes a lot of stress off of you. I’ll probably end up making my decision before the start of the football season. If not then, during the middle of the football season. If I make it any late than that it’s going to put a lot of stress on me with wrestling and everything.”
Do you have a top list of schools at this point?
“I don’t know. They’re all pretty even right now. I haven’t gotten a chance to go out and look at the campuses. Once that comes around I’ll probably end up leaning towards one of the schools.”