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When you do get ready to sit down and make your decision, what are going to be the most significant factors in that choice?
“I just want to go some place where I feel like I can make a difference… where I feel like I can contribute to the team… where I can help either win a conference championship or a national championship. I also want to go to a school that will let me run track because that is another big thing that I’m good at. I’m not just a football player. During football season it’s about football 100%, but when track season rolls around I can go do that because I’m not just a football player. I’m a track runner as well. I want to go to a school where I can do both and they’re not going to have a problem with it. Michigan said that they didn’t have a problem with me running track. They said that they encourage their kids to run track. It can only make you better. You can’t get slower running track. Clemson is the same way. They encourage me to run track and they like it. C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford are national contenders in the 60m and the 100m… so (Clemson) sees (track) as a plus. So does Michigan and so do other schools like North Carolina State and North Carolina. That is something I definitely want.”
“I definitely want to go to school where I can get a degree that I feel like holds weight. I want to go into sports management and I want to go to a school where that holds some weight and not just be a featherweight degree. I want to get a good degree. God forbid I get hurt. Then what?”
How big of a factor is distance from home going to be in your decision?
“Michigan is far away, but it is Michigan. It’s not like I’d be going to Tuscaloosa or something like that. It’s a big factor because my family is close. We are a small family and I would like to be close to home, but if I have to, and I feel like Michigan is that place for me, then I will go to Michigan. That’s how I feel. It won’t be the deciding factor in me not going somewhere.”
Do you have a decision timetable?
“No, not really. I really want to take some officials. I think that the officials are where the schools have a chance to really sit down and show you what they have. I know a lot of times when you go to junior days you can get lost in the crowd because they have a lot of prospects there. The coaches are really trying to get around to everybody and make sure that everybody is pleased, so it’s kind of hard for you to get a feel for the school. You can see the facilities, but you can’t really gauge how the coaches are because they are trying to get to all the other prospects. I’ll take some unofficial visits to some other schools that are near by, and I need to take some official visits before I make my decision.”
You said that you were going to camp at Michigan. Do you plan on making it to any other camps or combines?
“Yeah. We’re definitely going to try and make it to Virginia Tech’s camp. We will probably go to South Carolina’s day camp again. It’s just one day and work out. Then I want to go to one of Clemson’s day camp to work out and just get a feel for the coaching staff.”
You have a lot of talent on your defense with guys like Eddie Whitley and Robert Blanton. Do you guys ever contemplate going to the same school?
“We’ve discussed it and we made the decision that if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It would be real nice if you could go to the same school with your buddies. You would be able to keep the competition that you have going right now. We always joke about who’s the best. It would be nice if we could, but it isn’t like we are stressing over. We’re all going to go to the school where we feel like we could make the most impact. If that is the same school, then it happens. If not, then it doesn’t.”
You said you run track. What events, and what are your times in those events?
“I run the 110 hurdles. I went 14.04 which was my best time. That was a couple of weeks ago at a Saturday meet. The 300 meter hurdles is probably one of my better events. I did 37.04 as a sophomore last year, which was top five in the history of North Carolina. I was really excited about that. That’s something that I want to improve upon this year. In the 55 meter hurdles I went 7.33, which at that time was the fourth fastest time in the nation. One week before nationals I tweaked my hamstring and I didn’t want to push it. If you’re going to go to nationals you’ve got to be 100%. I was at about 85% at the time so I’ll probably just sit out indoor season nationals and go 100% at outdoor nationals this spring.”