USFNation.com: What have you been doing the last several months?
Kyle Dampier: Just working on finishing up school, working out like a mad man and running, trying to stay in shape.
USFN: What position do you play?
Dampier: I play defensive tackle, and a couple of games I played center.
USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for?
Dampier: They're looking at me mostly for defensive tackle but they said they want to take a look at me at center also.
USFN: Do you have a preference to which side of the ball you play on?
Dampier: I like defense better by far. You get more pumped up out on the field. Offense is more like job.
USFN: Has it been awhile since you put a helmet and pads on and played ball?
Dampier: Yeah it's been awhile, but you really don't get it out of your blood. It'll be a lot different from high school but that's what practice is for. As soon as I get in there and get used to the system I'll be fine, it's nothing that I'm scared about or anything
USFN: What is your current height and weight?
Dampier: Right now I'm like 6'3-6'4 and I'm weighing 260. It's close to what I played at, but I can put the weight on as easy as I can lose it. I'm sure I'll drop some weight once we start practicing.
USFN: What gains have you made in the weight room?
Dampier: I don't know exactly, I haven't maxed since the beginning of last season, but I know I'm lifting higher weights and more repetition then I was. I think Strength and repetition is more important then max weight. If you can bench 350 pounds you can move somebody, but if you can bench 350 8 times, then you can really do something.
USFN: Have you been using the USF work out schedule that coach McKeefery gave you?
Dampier: Oh yeah, I got the book right here in my truck, I'm looking at it right now. I practically read the thing like the bible. Every time I get a chance, I'm in that book.
USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Dampier: I was doing track. I compete in shot put, and discuss. I also Surf
USFN: 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, Coach Frye, and the new offensive line coach calls me once in awhile. I gave my commitment to Coach Leavitt, but Coach Douglas was who I talked the most too.
USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
Dampier: Yeah definitely, I watched all the games I could. I don't check the chat forums and that stuff, no sir. I'll go on and look at the articles that you right and stuff, but as far as what other people think, I don't get into it. Everybody's is entitled to their own opinion I guess
USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Dampier: Yeah I'm good friends with Danny Verpaele. I've met a few of the other players too.
USFN: Is your relationship with Danny the reason you chose the Bulls.
Dampier: No, not really. I chose USF because of the location, I wanted to stay in
USFN: What style of a Player are you?
Dampier: I've got a good motor, and don't like to give up on plays.
USFN: What type of a defense do you like to play in the most?
Dampier: It doesn't make a difference, I don't really pay attention to the guys behind me; I pay more attention to the guys in front of me. I read the offensive lineman
USFN: What are some of your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Dampier: My strengths are my hand speed and my technique. I stay low off of the ball, and have good pursuit to the ball, and I also have good speed off the ball. I want to work on my strength, my awareness, and make more tackles.
USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Dampier: Not really, I try to play like as I'm coached, or how my coach tells me to play.
USFN: Do you mind redshirting your first year?
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.
USFN: Are you are qualified to get on campus?
Dampier: I still have to go through the clearing house but other then that my ACT scores and GPA is good enough so I'm all set.
USFN: What the main thing you want to accomplish once you get to campus?
Dampier: I don't know, I just want to concentrate on football and school. I don't even know what I want to major I yet.
USFN: Are you getting excited to get on campus?
Dampier: Yeah, it's getting close and I'm ready to go.
USFN: When do you plan on arriving on campus?
Dampier: June 27th is the day that I have to report, but I may go up a week early just to get in the groove of things.
USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape until you get to campus?
Dampier: Right now I'm just training on the weight lifting schedule that the USF strength coach gave me, that and working on my running, and working on my conditioning mostly.
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