What are your goals for this year?
"For our team have a winning record, and get into the playoffs. Personally, I want to improve my grades to help me get into college.
What is your favorite college?
"Ohio State is my favorite school. They're who I watch on Saturdays. Of the schools that have offered me a scholarship, West Virginia is probably my leader. I went to visit Akron on Saturday, and I really like their facilities."
What are your thoughts about Coach Brian Cross?
"Coach Cross reminds me about what I've heard about Bear Bryant. He tells it like it is, but he's someone you can talk to, if you need to talk. He's a tough guy, but a good guy."
What's the best part of playing football at Canton McKinley?
"The tradition is awesome.. It's great playing at Fawcett stadium, where the stands are always packed."
What football player do you pattern your game after?
"Julius Peppers. I really like the way he plays the game."
Where will you be in five years?
"Hopefully playing in the NFL, or still in college, but playing football somewhere."
It's no secret you've got grade issues. We've talked before, and you're an excellent speaker, with above average intelligence. Why do you have grade problems?
"It's all my fault. Coach Cross and others warned me I was messing up, but I didn't listen. I was lazy. I'm hoping to do better this year."
Would you go to a junior college if you aren't qualified to play Division I football?
"I might go to a JC to go through the recruiting process again, or I could commit to one of the schools that have offered me now. I'm not sure right now."
What advice would you give to younger football players just beginning their high school careers?
"Just to keep their grades up. If they do that, everything else will fall into place for them, but grades have to be number one, not football."
What don't people know about you that they would be surprised to learn?
"That I'm an intelligent person."