Class of '09 Q&A: Jason Pierre-Paul

Read this exclusive interview with USF class of '09 defensive end Jason Pierre Paul. Find all about the 5-star DE from Ft. Scott CC, if he can really do back flips, what he want to accomplish, and much more. Stay informed with

Jason Pierre-Paul Profile  What have you been up to since signing day?
Jason Pierre-Paul: I've just been finishing up school I had just the one math class. That and working out.

USFN: Why did you choose USF?
JPP: I chose USF because it was close to home and I really like the coaching staff, and what they're doing as a program down there. I liked the facilities, the program and the academics.
I really felt like I fit in perfectly with the players and I'll have a great chance to play early. It's all up to me, and how well I do when I come in there.

USFN: Have you been following the Bulls this season?
JPP: No not really. I don't watch a lot of college football. It's hard when you're playing, and going to school. Your weekends are full and you don't have a lot of extra time, and when I do, you want to do something else.

USFN: Which coach made the biggest impression on you during your recruitment?
JPP: All the coaches were great, Coach Leavitt and Coach Patrick. Coach Patrick made the biggest impression on me. He's a great guy, real out going and easy to talk with. He'll be my position and I feel close to him. He calls me, checks up on me, and makes sure I'm doing the right things.

USFN: Do you know any of the current players on the Bulls?
JPP: I know a few. I've talked with George Selvie, David Bedford and a couple of the d-linemen that I met. They're all real cool, and I felt real comfortable with all of them.

USFN: What position are the Bulls recruiting you for?
JPP: They're recruiting me at defensive end, but where on the line, I'm not really worried about. I know I'm a great football player and I still have a lot to learn, but at the same time they want competition, and competition is what they're going to get. May the best man win!

USFN: Didn't you also play a little tight end?
JPP: Yeah I played a little tight end. I liked it, it was cool. I don't know why I stopped playing it. I guess I excelled at DE, and that's my spot.

USFN: What type of defense do you like to run the most?
JPP: I'm not sure if I have a favorite, I guess the 4-3, but it doesn't really matter, I can produce in any defense.

USFN: Do you have a favorite move or moves you like to use? 
JPP: Hmm, I guess the push pull, bull rush, swat N' swim, speed rush, I use a lot of different moves, whatever it takes to make a play. 

USFN: Is there anything about you that catches people off guard?
JPP: I don't know, what catches people off guard, maybe my size and speed, it's hard to say, I'm still learning the game.

USFN: What are some of your strengths as a player? 
JPP: I'd say my speed and my power. I'm a pretty big guy that can move, and use all of it to my advantage.

USFN: Is there anything that you would like to work on as a player?
JPP: I don't know, I guess my footwork. I want to work on everything, and keep getting, bigger, stronger, and just keep improving to get better.

USFN: What is your favorite thing to do on the field?
JPP: My Favorite thing would probably be sacking the quarterback. Make him feel me, and know I'm there. Get in his head and the games over. That's my favorite thing.

USFN: What is your most memorable moment on the field?
JPP: My most memorable moment is when I caught an interception. In two years I did it twice and set up the wins. The game was going on, we were down, and I caught the interception and took it for a touchdown. I did it twice while at College of the Canyon.

USFN: What is the perfect play to you?
JPP: The perfect play to me is when the QB does a pitch roll out of the shotgun and the tackle slides and he doesn't know its coming. Just blow the play up.

USFN: Is there a player on another level, college or pro that you model your game after?
I don't really watch a lot of football so I really don't have a favorite player or someone I model my game after.

USFN: What are your current height, weight and 40 yard time?
JPP: Right now I'm 6'5-6'5.5 and weigh around 265. I haven't run it in awhile but I run a 4.5.


USFN: I got to ask, what's this about you being able to do back flips?
JPP: Yeah I can. We mess around a flip every so often.


USFN: How can you flip for being such big guy?
JPP: When I was younger all my friends were doing it, and I started trying. I didn't get it at first and fell on my head a bunch of times before I was able to do it, and just kept doing it as I got bigger. I retired from doing it for a minute, but then got back in to it.


USFN: Did you ever do it in a game?
JPP: No, I like to but don't want to get a penalty. If I'm in a game and score a touchdown and were up, I may do it because than it be worth it, because if we go back on the field and I score another than I'd do it again. That would be something to see?


USFN: Have you been working with the USF strength and conditioning book?
JPP: Oh Yeah, man it was crazy when I first started using it, but I been doing it. There's so much more conditioning than I was used to, and it's intense. We didn't hit it in the weight room here. Not to mention that it's hard working out by yourself.   

USFN: How do you feel about coming in as a 5-star rated player?
JPP: Man, I don't know how I feel about that. You know, being a 5-star player is just other people saying you're one of the best, but I try not to look at it. I remember before I even played football, I would sit in the stands and think I would never play, and now here I am. I look past all that and know I'm good but I got so much more learning to do to be great, but I will.

USFN: Any feelings on being part of USF's first top-25 signing class?
JPP: I feel real good about that. We have some talented guys in this class, and when we get down there we'll do some very big things.  

USFN: What teams are you most looking forward to playing against?
JPP: Next season I'm looking forward to playing FSU and Miami. I'm actually looking forward to playing everybody, but I got a friend at FSU, but he doesn't play football, but he'll be at the game.

USFN: What are you going to do to stay in shape before you get to Campus?
JPP: I'm just running track and training hard. I just got the USF conditioning book the other day, and it's pretty thick. I just started using it.

USFN: Are you excited to work with George Selvie and the rest of the d-line? 
JPP: Oh yeah, he's a great player and we're going to do some big things down there.  The whole d-line is going to cause some havoc for opposing team's quarterback that's for sure.

USFN: What do you plan to accomplish while here at USF?
JPP: I'm going to try and accomplish becoming one of the greatest. When I get to USF I want to break records and want to make All-American my first year. And by the time I leave I want to get my degree and graduate and win a championship for USF.

USFN: Are you excited to get to campus?
JPP: Oh man. I'm real excited, and I can't wait. I'll be up there soon and I'm looking forward to that.

USFN: Is there anything you want to say to USF fans?
JPP: I just want to say that I'm glad to be here, and I'm a Bull now. I'm going to play my heart out for them.


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