DT Kyle Dampier
6-foot 3, 255 pounds.
How did you do this season?
Kyle Dampier: We did pretty good, we were district champs and lost in the second round of the playoffs to Neese. I had 8 sacks, I'm not sure exactly how many tackles, I'd say about 8 or 9 a game, somewhere around 90-94 tackles.
How did you as a junior?
Dampier: As a junior I think I had 94 tackles and 3 sacks and was named to the Brevard All-County Football Team (first team defense)
Why did you choose USF?
Dampier: I chose USF because of the location, I wanted to stay in Florida, and it seamed like the right place to be.
What are some of the things you like about USF?
Dampier: The location, the coaching staff, and the facilities.
How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Dampier: They've been recruiting me since I was a junior. I spoke with Coach Douglas and Coach Frye the most, but I called coach Leavitt and gave him my commitment.
Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Dampier: Yeah, I follow them; they did real good this year.
Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Dampier: I'm good friends with Danny, I met a couple of the other players but don't know them personally.
USFN: What style of a Player are you?
Dampier: I've got a good motor, and don't like to give up on plays.
What position do you play?
Dampier: Defensive tackle, but some games I've played both ways.
What position are the Bulls recruiting you for?
Dampier: Mostly for the defensive line, but if that doesn't work out then offensive line.
What type of a defense do you like to play in the most?
Dampier: Probably the 4-3, that's what we ran this year, but last year we ran the 3-4, but it really doesn't matter what defense I play. I don't really pay attention to the guys behind me; I pay more attention to the guys in front of me.
USFN: What are some of your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Dampier: My strengths are; I stay low off of the ball, my Pursuit to the ball, and I also have good speed off the ball. My weaknesses? I just want to work on my strength, my awareness, and make more tackles.
USFN: What are your height, weight and 40 time?
Dampier: I'm 6'3 255 pounds, and I run a 4.9
Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game
Dampier: Not really, I try to play like as I'm coached, or how my coach tells me to play.
USFN: How are your grades?
Dampier: They're good I got a 2.4 GPA. I took the placement tests but I don't like to put those out publicly, but I shouldn't have a problem qualifying, I just got to work on one class and I'm good.
Did your family want you to stay close to home?
Dampier: No it was my decision, I wanted to stay in Florida just in case my dad wanted to come see a game, or anybody in my family.
Did playing time factor into your decision?
Dampier: It doesn't matter if I play my first year when I get there. I'd like to play, but if I have to redshirt I will.
Have you been to USF?
Dampier: Yeah I went on an unofficial visit.
USFN: Did you have offers
from all those schools?
Dampier: I know I had an offer from Miami and Central Florida, I'm not sure about Louisville."
USFN: Are you going to make an official visit to USF?
Dampier: Yeah, I think my official visit is on January 26th.
What are you going to do to stay in shape until you get to campus?
Dampier: Work out hard and stick with the same program that my coach has me on.
How committed are you to USF?
Dampier: I am 100 percent committed!
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