"Yes sir, I'm fine."
Do you have some time for an interview?
First, how has the summer been going for you?
"It has been good. I've been working out and just trying to get ready for summer school at State that starts next Monday."
Are you ready for those tough summer workouts?
"Oh, yes, sir. I'm ready."
I got to see you play in the Miss/Alabama all-star game. What kind of experience was that for you?
"Well, it was kind of like what I'm going to have to do at State. Just sit out until my time comes and that was it. When my time came, I answered the call. And that's probably what I'll have to do when I get to State."
There has been some talk of possibly moving you to another position. What position do you plan on playing at State?
Have the coaches ever mentioned the possibility of you playing another position like receiver?
"No sir. I'm not a receiver, I'm a quarterback. I don't know why they put me there in the (all-star) game. I'm a quarterback at heart. That's all I know how to do. That's all I've been taught."
Well you played it well in the all-star game. I thought you should have played more.
"Yeah, that's what everybody said when I came home."
What happened to the Mississippi team in that game?
"Well, things like mistakes. You have to learn each other - each others moves and speed - and we only had one week to do that."
Have you been training hard this summer?
"Yes, sir. I've been getting up every morning and lifting weights. And after I lifts weights, I swim."
I see. What's your 40 time right now?
"Last time I ran, I ran a 4.5. I'm probably a little faster than that now."
What's your height and weight now?
"I'm 6-3 and I've gained five pounds. I'm at 205."
What do you think State's going to do this year?
"I think we're going to be alright. I think we're going to be competitive. I think with this signing class, I would say that, maybe by my sophmore year, we're going to be very competitive. But we have the talent this year to be SEC champions."
So, it looks like you guys made up a really good signing class this year.
"Yes, sir. We got the cream of the crop out of every position in Mississippi. On the line we got big Richard Burch. On the defense we got Kenny Kern and Darren Williams. Then you got the best two quarterbacks in the state in myself and Ken Topps. At receiver, you got the best receiver in the state in Tee Milons. And at running back, that speaks for itself. We got Willie Evans and we got two All-Americans at tailback - Nick Turner and Norwood. I forgot, we got the linebackers we have and then we went to Texas and got the best linebacker (Marvin Byrdsong) out of the state of Texas. So I think we'll be alright."
Is that why you signed with State, because of all the other quality players that comitted?
"No, sir. I committed early. I had a good recruiter who was straight up with me and when I took my visit, I just fell in love with State."
What do you think about the QB position at State - What do you know about the current QBs?
"Kevin Fant, he's the man. I think I'll be working at the beginning of the season for the number 2 spot, and then later on in the season I'll be working for the number 1 spot."
Are you talking about this season?
OK. Do you know who you will be competing against for the number 2 spot?
"I think his name is (Kyle) York, and also my man from Georgia (Justin Tyler) that's coming in with me. I like the competition and a little hard work never hurt anyone."
Aries, thank you for your time and we look forward to watching you play.
Brent Bozeman is a correspondent for Gene's Page. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .