Interview: Signee Jake Cross

Navy head coach Paul Johnson and his staff picked up an outstanding defensive lineman on National Signing day when Jake Cross signed with the Mids. GoMids.com talked with Jake. Read on to learn more about this fine prospect.

GoMids.com: How did you get in touch with Navy?

 

Jake Cross: They were the probably the first college to start showing interest in me, about a year ago during the spring, they started showing interest in me. 

 

GoMids.com: When did you visit Navy? 

 

Jake Cross: I visited them the third weekend in January. 

 

GoMids.com: How did your visit go?

 

Jake Cross:  It was really great.  I had visited Air Force and Georgia Tech before Navy, the first weekend and second weekend, and then I visited Navy the following weekend and everything was so much better, you know, that feeling. It was really good.  Everybody was really cool I sat down one on one with the defensive line coach there, coach Pehrson, and he

was telling me all the stuff about their defense.  It interested me a lot. 

 

GoMids.com: When did you decide on Navy?

 

Jake Cross: Actually, that Sunday morning, before I left for my plane ride [home], coach Johnson called me into his office and sat me down and told me I had an offer.   I told him I wanted to take it right then and there so he handed me the letter of intent to sign for signing day. 

 

GoMids.com:  What positions did you play in high school?

 

Jake Cross: I played mostly noseguard; you know, defensive tackle.  I also rotated at fullback but they [Navy] are going to have me on the line. 

 

GoMids.com:  What were some of your stats as a senior?

 

Jake Cross: I ended up with 123 tackles; about 70 or 80 of those were solo tackles.  I led the team in tackles for losses with 32 and I had like 10 or 11 sacks.  I had 2 fumble recoveries and 2 caused fumbles. 

 

GoMids.com:  Wow! 32 tackles for losses?  Incredible. 

 

GoMids.com:  So Air Force actually offered you?  Anybody else?

 

Jake Cross: Yes, Air Force offered me.  I also had offers from Georgia Tech and Kentucky. 

 

GoMids.com: As a player, what do you think the biggest strength of your game is?

 

Jake Cross: Probably between my technique and my knowledge of my position.  I know what I'm going to do like before the ball even snaps.  I pay attention close to like every single play to like the downs and distances from the whole week watching game film.  I watched game film of my opponents every day in high school.  I got to know all their schemes really good. I was really smart on that part of it. 

 

GoMids.com: What post season honors did you get after your senior year?

 

Jake Cross: I got First Team All-County, First Team All-Western Conference, First Team All-Sun Coast and Second Team All-State.


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