USFNation Class of '07 Q&A: Kyle Dampier

School is now over, and its time to find out about the rest of the Bulls class of '07. Today's feature is three star defensive tackle Kyle Dampier of Merrit Island HS. In this exclusive interview find out what type of a player he is, what his strength are, and much more. Only on!

Kyle Dampier 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 Florida, the coaching staff, the facilities, and it seamed like the right place to be.

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.

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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