Most high school stars, especially those that hope to make their living in the trenches, learn that preparation for the rigors of college football entails more than turning over a new leaf.
It's about self-discipline. The ability to bounce back from a rough practice, or to learn from a teammate with just as much athleticism, but far more high level coaching and game experience under his belt.
And for Irish sophomore Kapron Lewis-Moore it's much more than that. It's about confidence in his ability…oh, and those extra 50 pounds – that's taken some getting used to as well.
"Oh man that's crazy. Pretty much 230," Lewis-Moore said of his high school playing weight. "So I really don't know what's happening with my body. I'm just gaining all of this weight uncontrollably. I want to say my senior year I was around 230-235. I weighed in 278 yesterday. I used a little water weight."
Has the redshirt sophomore defensive from Weatherford, Texas hit his ideal weight? Or is there another number on the horizon if Lewis-Moore dabbles as a three-technique defensive tackle?
"I'm not getting any heavier then 280...I'm just stopping…stopping…stopping."
Is he ready to thrive in a starting role? And is he prepared for the baptism-by-fire that awaits him (and a few of his classmates) in the trenches this fall?
"We have the older guys, they are stepping it up," Lewis-Moore said. "(We're) holding ourselves accountable instead of coach. Somebody messes up or somebody is not going hard – we have our teammates to police us and tell us to go hard."
His spring ball ascension to the starting role hasn't changed Lewis-Moore's approach or preparation:
"I'm just doing what everybody else is – lifting, working hard in the weight room and eating good."
Or perhaps could it be that the new leaf has already changed color and taken shape into a brand new man.