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On going from USC to UCLA:
My dad was the D-Line coach there and I had a great opportunity to play for my dad. I went to USC, had a great time, they treated me really well. When my dad left (for an NFL job), I thought the best decision for me was a great opportunity for me.
On where else he considered:
This was the main school. Once UCLA offered me a scholarship, I committed on the spot. I didn't really play any games. I didn't waste much time. It was a good opportunity, good situation and I jumped all over it.
On how hard a decision it was:
It was fun. God has a plan for everything, he's in a great situation with the Eagles. He's happy and I'm happy too.
On if that adds to this game:
Nah, it's just another game. I'm excited to play against my old friends. Still my friends. I'm excited to compete with my teammates.
On his closest friends at USC:
Aca'cedric Ware is probably my closest friend. He was my roommate my freshman year. I'm close with a lot of guys, especially my Serra guys, Deontay Burnett, John Houston, Rasheem Green. I played with them in high school. Jalen Greene, Adoree (Jackson). I'm cool with a lot of guys there. I left on a good note. It wasn't anything bad.
On if so many Serra players at USC played in to his initial decision:
Of course, it was cool to play with a lot of my Serra guys there. It was really because of my dad. I wanted to play for my dad. It was pretty fun.
On if he ever played for his dad before:
I never did, because he was always a college coach. I always said 'I'll never play for my dad.' It was one of the coolest things I've done. I used to be in meeting rooms with him, he's an intense guy, so I said 'I could never play for him.' Of course, a dad gets on you at home. But he was never my position coach so I could talk to him. I was going against his guys too so it was cool.
On how much UCLA including a true tight end in the offense factored in:
Thomas Duarte got the ball a lot as a tight end last year, but the new system was definitely attractive. He got a lot of attention, was up for the Mackey Award so it was definitely attractive and one of the main reasons I came here as well.
On if he's gotten more playing time this year than he expected:
I was just focused on doing my job and being a superstar in my role and doing what I can and they're gradually starting to trust me more. I'll just continue to do my job and do what I'm supposed to be doing and that will make me productive.
On if guys from USC have given him a hard time about going to UCLA:
It was a little awkward at first, but Coach Helton let me lift in there, and finish there. I had no hard feelings. But of course, you'll have trash talk because you went across town. But nothing serious.
On how each school prepares for the rivalry game:
It's the same. It's another big time game. Its serious because it's a rivalry game. They're trying to get to a Pac-12 South championship and we're trying to get to a bowl game. It's just another game to be honest.
On if his dad offers advice:
Of course. They can watch film on all the college games. He watches my clips and tells me what I can do. He's always watching. He came to two games in person because he's busy but he's always watching.null