USFNation Q&A: Bulls Commit Armando Sanchez

Last month we reported that the Bulls got a commitment from one of the top linebackers in Pinellas County. Armando Sanchez from Northeast HS. In this exclusive interview find out why he chose USF, what type of a player he is, and much more. Only on USFNation.com! Get it First, Get it Fast

Armando Sanchez

USFNation.com: What were the main reasons why you choose USF?
Armando Sanchez: It's close to home, and I like the coaching staff a lot. I also think I'll have a good opportunity to be part of a contending team, especially by the time I get there, and I'm in my upper classman years. I just see a lot of promise in my self there. 

USFN: Have you been to USF before?
Sanchez: I've been to the athletic facility. They were nice, I like them very much. I really would have loved to have made it up to one of their spring practices, but I had to stay for practice at school, and didn't have the time to.

USFN: Have you been following the Bulls?
Sanchez:  Yeah, I follow them and watch every game that I can.

USFN: How long have the Bulls been recruiting you, and who were involved?
Sanchez:  I'm not sure exactly, I've been getting letters from them in the mail about once a week for a while now. Mostly from Coach Gregory, then he called me one day and told me that he spoke with Coach Leavitt and offered me. I also got a chance to meet Coach Leavitt on a couple of recruiting trips they had me on. 

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
Sanchez:  Actually I don't, but one of the people I work with is like a training assistant for them, and I'm pretty good friends with him. He‘s been telling me about the linebackers and stuff like that. 

USFN:  What kind of stats did you have from the linebacker position last year?
Sanchez: I'm not a real big statistic's guy. I just try and do the best I can. But, around 122 tackles sounds about right. I don't know how many sacks I had. I know I didn't have any interceptions. They never threw to my side.

USFN:  What kind of stats did you have from the quarterback position last year?
Sanchez: I have no idea. We really don't throw that much, and I don't consider myself a running quarterback, but we have some really good backs.

USFN:  Do you prefer playing linebacker over quarterback?
Sanchez: I prefer linebacker better, but in some cases like if I have a really good game, then I like quarterback. I'm more of a defensive guy, I like to hit people and all that good stuff.

USFN: What positions do you play and what are the Bulls recruiting you for?
Sanchez: I play weak side linebacker, quarterback, and I also play all three strong side every now and then. The Bulls said that they are recruiting me as an athlete. More then likely it'll probably be weak side linebacker.

USFN: Are you flexible, and willing to play at a position of need?
Sanchez: I'll play wherever they need me. 

USFN: What type of a defense do you like to run the most?
Sanchez: In my high school we played mostly a 5-2, but coming to a 4-3 defense will be fine, as long as I'm told what to do, then I'll do it.

USFN: What type of offense do you like to see when you get to the line?
Sanchez: Anything but a spread. I feel like I don't get too much action.

USFN: When you're playing QB, what type of defense do you like to face?
Sanchez: It doesn't matter and since we don't throw much I don't pay much attention to it. When I'm throwing I like to go against man, see if get one of the guys a long one.

USFN: Do you have a favorite play?
Sanchez:  Not really. Since I've been here we haven't blitzed that much, but this year we have a new head coach and I think we're going to try and do some different things this year with some more blitzes. I'm not too sure what, but I'm looking forward to it.

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
Sanchez: I don't ever give up. I'm real work oriented. I'm a team player, and I don't ever let anybody down. I think I'm a good role model, and an all around team guy. 

USFN: Is there anything you want to work on this year? 
Sanchez: I want to try and gain a little more weight.

USFN: What style of a player would you say you are?
Sanchez: I don't really know what style. I've got pretty good speed, and anything that comes to my side I'm usually in on it. I don't ever give up on plays. If I had to say, then I'd say more of a run stopper.  

USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
Sanchez: Oh man, the perfect play to me would probably be when they try to run up the middle or a dive to my side or something like that. A big old hole with a lead blocker and I just blow it up.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
Sanchez: I like to hurt people. I know it may sound bad, but I like to hit people. I like to lift weights all summer and get as strong as I can, go out there and show everybody.  Not necessarily big hits all the time but consistently making the tackle

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
Sanchez: Not really, I never look at anybody and try to be like somebody else. I try to be my own type of guy. I've been compared to different players like John Lynch even though I don't play safety. Probably because of my speed and the way I hit. Some schools recruiting me as safety said I hit like a young John Lynch. Playing quarterback I've been compared to Tim Tebow cause sometimes when we run the ball I don't ever slide or anything I just run right through him.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
Sanchez: I'm around 6'1, and I weigh 215 pounds. I run about a 4.5.

USFN: Do you play any other sports?
Sanchez: I do track and field. I did 4x100 a couple times, and I throw the shot and discus. I actually was 8th place in the state this year in discus.

USFN: What do you do to stay in shape?
Sanchez:  Work out, run and try and eat healthy. 

USFN: Do you play on special teams? 
Sanchez:  Not really, they consider me a key player so they try and keep me from getting injured, but halfway threw the season they threw me in there. I'm sure once I get to USF I will.

USFN: Do they have any problems redshirting? 
Sanchez: That's not a problem whatsoever.

USFN: What do you plan to accomplish once you get to USF.
Sanchez:  The main thing is to get a degree. But I'm also looking forward to playing for the whole coaching staff, and to be part of an up and coming team.

USFN: Besides USF, what teams were recruiting you the hardest? 
Sanchez: I don't really know, I get a lot of letters and stuff from different schools like Duke and Stanford, but only got offers from, FIU, Illinois State

USFN: How did you do in your spring game? 
Sanchez: We won. Our running back Jeff (Brinson) did real good. I had one touchdown pass and would have had two, but our H-back can't catch to well.

USFN: What team are you most looking forward to playing against in college?
Sanchez:  West Virginia and all the better Big East Schools.

USFN: How are your grades, how are you toward qualifying.
Sanchez:  I got a 3.9 GPA, and haven't taken the placement test since my freshmen summer. I got a 880 Sat, and a 18 on my ACT. I'd probably do a lot better now.

USFN: What are your goals for this year? 
Sanchez: Personally, I just once to get stronger, work on my skills and train to the best of my ability. Team wise I want to take them as far as I can get them.

USFN: When are you going to take your official visit to USF? 
Sanchez: I have no idea, whenever they call me and tell me to come on up.

USFN: Are you going to take any other visits? 
Sanchez: No, I don't plan on it.

USFN: How committed to USF are you? 
Sanchez: 100 percent!

 

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