Many might view Trinity Valley Community College offensive lineman Jason Bruner as fortunate to have interest from Division-I programs after a year of deep snapping. He does not see it that way.
"I've had schools say ‘Hey, we're looking at you if you go out and perform,'" the sophomore said. "But I've got to go out and perform."
Bruner told PonyStampede.com Wednesday that Arkansas and Texas A&M have expressed interest in him and will be watching him in his first season of starting for the Cardinals this fall. Yet the offensive lineman did not accept that as praise—just an additional reason to work hard this off-season.
The original reason was a lack of speed that relegated him to deep snapping duties in all but one game last season. That is no longer the case for Bruner as he has improved his agility with drills aimed toward improving his explosive power and taking off abilities.
Now the 6-foot-9, 295-pound offensive lineman is ready for his next challenge. "I had to come in and prove to myself that I was good enough to play at a college level," he said of his first season. "Now I've got to prove to myself and everyone else that I am a D-I prospect."
Bruner said he would love to play at Arkansas or Texas A&M but will go "where God wants me to go."
For now he is focused on the upcoming season and his personal goal of earning All-Conference honors as well as his team goal of winning a conference and national championship.
The offensive lineman is not preoccupied with meeting the expectations of the scouts, but is, instead, looking to play to the best of his potential. "I've got to go out and perform," he said. "The rest will fall into place.
"I've done all the preparation that I can do."