The USF class of 2011 is just one day away from arriving on campus and USFnation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. We had to chance to speak with Stephenson High School running back Willie Davis in our last entry into the series and this time we spoke with Lake Region offensive lineman Thor Jozwiak. Jozwiak was a two-time first-team all-district selection and three-year letterman. He was tabbed first-team all-district and first-team all-county as a senior. In addition to that was voted team captain and posted 45 pancake blocks.
How has your summer been going so far?
"The summer has been going good. I've just been working hard and staying in the weight room and doing everything I need to do to get ready for USF. I've been having a good time with my family before I come down. That's important to me."
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
"I've been using it diligently. I've been going word for word, everything that has been said, everyday. I've been relaxing on the weekends, letting my body rest. I've been going by that book like it's my handbook. Every time I have a question I look to that and it usually gets me the answer. I've just been working hard and reading that thing everyday."
What is your current height and weight?
"Last time I measured in, I was 6'3 ¾ and 291 lbs. During my weightlifting season I got up to 298 lbs. During the state weightlifting meet I weighed in at 298.6 lbs and then I dropped back down somewhere between 289 and 290 lbs. I've just been running, working and trying to keep my weight up. Wherever the coaches need me to be, I'll be."
What were some of the reasons why you chose USF?
"Some of the reasons I chose USF: number one, I felt like I was home. The moment I stepped onto USF's campus I got a feeling inside and it's one of those feelings that I couldn't describe it you in words, it was a gut feeling that said you need to be here and something special is going to happen."
"I love the coaching staff, I love all of the players and on my official visit I felt like I was immediately welcomed into the family at USF. That's another thing; the team is a family. That's one of the biggest things. The team is a close-knit group of guys that immediately took us incoming recruits under their wing and talked to us. They did everything right and everything I love."
"I love the academics at USF. That was another great thing. They stay on top of your academics and that's where I want to be. I want to be good academically. As a whole, I love USF, I love Tampa, but probably the main thing is that I really felt like I was home. Every other school I stepped onto could not compare to what USF was and is."
How exciting is it that you know you will be enrolling in a few days?
"I'm really excited. I can't wait to report and get to work. I'm looking forward to it."
What are your immediate goals once you get on campus?
"Don't miss a summer class; I don't want to be late to any of my classes. Immediate goals are to do what the coaches tell me to. I want to give a 120 percent everyday. That's all I want to do, is make everyday count. Pull something from each day and use it to my advantage."
What position did USF recruit you for?
"Offensive line, truthfully though I've been practicing a lot at center, but wherever they put me is where I'm going to play. I'm going to give it my best effort."
You mentioned that you were taking some snaps at center, how has that process been going for you?
"I've been snapping for about three months now. I started about a week after signing day and have been snapping. I've been snapping almost everyday. At the very beginning my dad was putting me through drills and I've been taking roughly between 300 and 500 snaps a day at practice."
"At first it was just getting the snap motion and that took me about a week before I was really comfortable with it. Then it progressed to taking snaps out of shotgun and doing the pass sets. I took some pass sets with one of my friends, actually a teammate of mine who will be attending JUCO in Massachusetts. He's a receiver and he's really fast, so I put him on the defensive line and when I snapped it, he's really quick so I had to get back there with speed. So I've just been working on the snap game, snapping and stepping, all of the basics. I've been snapping since signing day and it's feeling really natural."
As an offensive player when you get to the line of scrimmage is there specific type of defense you like to see?
"Not really, whatever they're going to throw at me that's what we're going to go up against. You go through that checklist when you're coming up to the line. Everything is moving a thousand miles a minute and whatever they throw at us, we'll be ready for it. I don't really have a defense that I like to go up against because either way no matter what defense you throw at us, we're going to move the ball on you."
Is there a favorite play you like to run on offense?
"No, not a favorite play because my dad has always said that every football play is designed to score a touchdown and it's up to the guys to execute that play to perfection. So every play you get, you just try to execute it to perfection and if you do that, every play should be your favorite play. Truthfully, I just love the game, it's been in my life since I was a baby and it runs in my veins."
What are some of your strengths as a player?
"I'm a hard worker; I'm going to give it everything I got on every play. I think I have an understanding of the game. I'm not a gloater, and I'm not going to say I'm great because I still have a lot left to prove. All of the guys at USF, they're something more than me right now. I'm coming in, I'll be freshman and I'm going to work to be where they are. I'm coming in and just going to do my best."
What are some of things you think you need to improve upon?
"Adjusting to the speed of the game and making the transition from high school to college. The speed is something that is going to be a little bit more difficult just because when you get to college everybody is fast. You got these guys in high school where some are fast here or fast there. In college, everybody is fast. So that will probably be the key thing."
Is there a player college or pro that you try to model your game after?
"I'd have to say my father (Brian Jozwiak). I've watched film on him and he's the player I've always wanted to be."
What does Thor Jozwiak bring to USF as a player?
"Intensity, sportsmanship and hard work. I'm going to give you a 120 percent every single day 365 days a year."
Is there a message you want to leave for the USF fans for this upcoming season?
Stay tuned with USFNation.com for more interviews of the USF class of 2011.