The USF class of 2011 has arrived on campus and USFnation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. In our last entry we spoke with Griffin High School FB/H-Back Ty Turner.
In this entry we bring an interview with Lincoln High School defensive back Chris Garye. Garye was a two-year starter that led Lincoln to the 2010 4A state championships where he posted 138 tackles, five sacks, 17 TFL, seven INTs and nine PBU over his final two seasons. He tallied 42 tackles, three sacks, 11 TFL, an INT and six PBU as a senior. He notched 96 tackles, two sacks, six TFL, six INTs and three PBU as a junior. Garye also competed in basketball and track and field. His father, Chris Sr., was a high jumper at Florida A&M and his mother, Dodie, played basketball at Florida A&M.
How has your summer been going?
The summer has been going great. I've been working out everyday and getting the nutrients my body needs to get right. I got to keep going. I've been spending time with my family before I leave.
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
Yeah, me and my Dad have been incorporating it into our daily workouts. It's been going good; some of the stuff is tough.
What is your current height and weight?
I'm 6'2" 200 lbs.
What were some of the reasons you chose USF?
The first reason was I have family down there. The second reason is that it's not too far from home. I can come back when I need to. I know one of the former players, B.J. Daniels too. Also Coach Skip Holtz is a family man, he worries more about the players' education more than he does about football.
How does it feel to finally be enrolling?
It's very exciting. It's not like I've never been away from home but I got to do my work.
What are your immediate goals once you get on campus?
My immediate goals are to find out where I'm living [laughs].
Do you plan on redshirting?
I'm not sure yet because if I redshirt I'll have five years to get my degree but I'm not sure yet.
What position were you recruited for specifically?
They recruited me for free safety but I can play free safety and outside linebacker. I prefer to play free safety.
As a defensive player, is there a certain offense you like to see when you get to the line of scrimmage?
I like to see I-formation because there's not too much to worry about in the passing game.
What is your favorite play to run?
My favorite play to run is cover 3 man.
What are your strengths as a player?
I can catch, I can move well and I can jump. My jumping is incredible, earlier this year I was clearing 6'6" in high jump. I ran track in high school and even though I didn't win first place I placed at States.
What are some things you need to improve on?
I definitely want to get faster, everybody can get faster and I want to work on staying low and that's about it.
Is there a player on the college or pro level that you try to model your game after?
I like Brian Dawkins a lot.
What does Chris Garye bring to USF?
I'm a big hitter and a hard worker in the classroom and on the field.
What is a message you want to give the fans for this upcoming season?
Thanks for reading and I hope you like what you see!
Stay tuned with USFNation.com for more interviews of the USF class of 2011.