Here is what his head coach said about him: "He is an exceptional athlete," said Eupora HS head football coach Lance Pogue. "He has great hands. He can run and jump. He can dunk (with two hands) a basketball. He is physical with the DB. He can use his hands to get himself into position to catch the ball. Another thing about Eric is he has the ability to make the big plays, not just the average plays. He can change a game with his plays. He is the kind of guy who can go up in a crowd and bring the ball down and run it 40 yards for a score. I feel like his future is unbelievable."
I had each player write down his height, weight, forty speed, maximum bench press and squat. An assistant coach confirmed the numbers. Here are Eric's numbers.
Forty: 4.4 (last year's time)
What do you feel your strengths are at the wide receiver position?
"I think I can catch it anywhere. If it is anywhere in my zone, I feel I can catch it."
What do you think you need to improve?
"My weight and get stronger. I would like to increase my weight to 210."
Do you know what your personal stats were last season?
"I caught 28 passes and had 728 yards and 12 touchdowns."
What kind of honors have you earned during your high school career?
"I made (MAC 2A) second-team All-State and All-District. I have also recently received a letter from CBS Sportsline congratulating me for being nominated as a pre-season All-American."
What are your personal goals for next year?
"I want to work hard on my grades and make them better. I also want to be a team leader and work hard on every play and give 110%."
Did you attend any college football camps last summer?
"I went to the Ole Miss camp."
What camps do you plan on attending this summer?
"I plan on attending Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Florida, Auburn and probably Alabama."
Did you attend any football games last season?
"I attended the Ole Miss and Mississippi State game."
Have you grown up a fan of any particular college?
"Yes sir, when I was growing up, I loved to watch Florida, Mississippi State and Ole Miss."
Name some of the schools that are sending you letters.
"Florida, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Marshall, UCLA, LSU and Tennessee."
Have you received any calls from college coaches during May?
"Yes sir, Ole Miss, Alabama and West Virginia."
I realize it is very early in the recruiting process, but do you have a list of favorite schools at this time?
"I have got them down to my top five that I am interested in. They are Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Alabama."
That is the same list as Cliff Davis, your teammate.
"We plan on attending the same school. We are best friends. He is my best friend."
That does it, Eric. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.
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