How is this year going for you and what are you working on?
My grades, number one. I'm just trying to get ready to get here in January, get up here and try to help the team.
Are all four of you planning on coming in January?
I don't think Kenny [Price] is, but the rest of us, yes sir.
Have you had much time in Chapel Hill since committing to UNC?
I've been here when I can, I was here for the Virginia game. We came up yesterday and had a great time.
Did you want to get out there and play yesterday? Feel ready?
All of us want to get out there and play. Those guys now are good, and with us, we will all come together, we'll be really good.
There have been reports of you wavering on your commitment to UNC.
No, no. They still send me letters and stuff, but that doesn't bother me any. I'm just trying to do what I've got to do to get here.
What was it like to come back and play in Kenan Stadium?
It was good being back in North Carolina, and it is good to be playing on my home field where I'll be playing next year."
Do you feel like all four Carolina commitments will still come to Carolina?
I know all four of us will still end up at Carolina.
There was some talk that you four were trying to convince Brandon Setzer to come as well.
He said he's thinking about it, but I don't know what his next move is going to be.
I saw you at the game yesterday. Have you had a chance to spend time with any of the current UNC players?
When I usually come on a regular basis, I spend time with the players. We talk about how next year and the year after that will be. Hopefully, that will be a good year.
Who have you gotten to know and gotten close to on the team?
I've heard you compared to Julius Peppers. What do you think about that comparison?
When I hear people compare me to Julius Peppers, they must think that I'm good. But I believe that I can be better than him, so that's what I'm going to try to do.
What have the coaches at UNC asked you to work on between now and the time you arrive at UNC?
Basically, just lifting weights and getting my speed up--stuff like that.
In high school not all the guys you played against could match you in strength. Today, you played against some guys who can. What was that like?
It was a new experience that was a lot of fun. It can only help me get better in the future.
For people who haven't seen you play in a while, how would you describe any changes about yourself?
I'm definitely better than I was during my senior year. My speed is quicker, I'm better coming off the ball, and that's about it.
How much do you weigh now?
Are there any numbers that you've been asked to reach in your bench and squat before you get to UNC?
Not really. I'm just mostly concentrating on my school work.
What's the regimented military lifestyle been like?
It's hard, but it's just something that I have to go through in life.
Do you feel like that will help you in your academic transition to Carolina?
It will help me a lot, especially with my studying.
What's it like to play in Kenan Stadium?
Ah, man. It's really nice. I came to the game yesterday, I saw what everyone was doing and what we have to work with. It was nice to come here--I'm getting used to it.
Is there anyone you are particularly close to on the team?
I'm close to Jared Parker, Kenny Price, Terry Hunter. Everyone on the Carolina squad, we are always getting together figuring out what we have to do to come here.
Based only on today's performance, you looked like the player ready to contribute the most immediately of the four guys coming to Carolina. How would you describe your play to someone who hasn't seen you?
I'm someone who is still learning. I still have a lot of work to do. I'm never [satisfied]. Going to Hargrave has really helped me in terms of focusing, working out, getting ready for college. It has really tested me. I would say I'm someone with a strong will, and anything I stay I stick with it.
How much do you weigh currently?
I weigh 300 pounds. Actually, I've lost weight. I was 315 when I went to Hargrave.
You seem to move really well for someone who is 300 pounds. It looks like you have good speed and change of direction. Is that something that comes naturally, or do you work on it?
It seems to come naturally. In high school I played fullback, tailback, and tight end. I don't really practice to be fast. It's just natural. I like it because it helps me play defensive end and D-tackle.
Do you think you four will still end up at Carolina?
Oh yeah, I'm positive.
Are you trying to convince Brandon Setzer to come too?
We're talking to Brandon. He's still--I wouldn't say confused--but he is still trying to see what his options are. But he's very strong on Carolina.
What was it like to play in Kenan Stadium?
Actually, I was kind of nervous when I first got here because you want to do well for all your [future] coaches. All my teammates calmed me down, and I think I did decent… I thought it was a good experience. I really liked it. I came in and thought it was a beautiful day.
Did you make the game yesterday?
No, I didn't. I was at Hargrave doing some academic work to get ahead. I got all A's and one B.
Do you think all four of you guys will still end up at Carolina?
Oh yes. The team morale is incredible. We're trying to get other people to come to UNC. It's incredible. All four of us will watch TV together and talk about the players that we've met here on our visits. Everybody is like, 'They are 0-4, 0-5, 0-6.' I said, 'You know what: if you are on the team with us, we'll be a lot better than that.' They were like, 'Yeah, I think you're right,' and some of them are talking to the coach right now.
Is Brandon Setzer one of those guys?
Oh, we're trying to get him on the bandwagon. He's a really good player. He's all-natural. He's one of those kids who is just gifted with athleticism. He's always in good shape. We're trying to get him on board too.
Have the Carolina coaches given you anything to work on before you arrive?
Right now it's academics, academics, academics, but I'm sure after the season is over, we'll have a lot of stuff to work on.
How would you compare what you saw today with other J.V. teams you've played?
The quickness--I believe this is the team that I actually saw what college [players] are made out of. This team had a lot of strength, but the speed of the plays was incredible. The other teams were like playing high school teams--not trying to put down anybody. Here, they were quick and energetic, and I felt I was in a college atmosphere.