Q & A with Incoming Freshman D.J. Shoemate
One of the newest Trojans, D.J. Shoemate, from the 2008 recruiting class has now officially enrolled at USC and has begun to learn the nuances of being a Trojan football player. Shoemate is a Scout.com #8 ranked 5-star WR from Servite High School (Anaheim, CA) who played on both sides of the ball in high school. In fact, the talented athlete played wide receiver, defensive end and running back during his high school career.
SCPlaybook caught up with Shoemate to discuss his entry to USC.
Let's talk about your transition to USC.
"My transition to USC is going really well. I've been on campus for about two weeks now. I'm taking freshman requirement classes. Coach Carlisle's workouts are phenomenal. We work out with Coach Carlisle five times a week. Right now we are doing the passing once a week (on Fridays)."
You look like you've put on some weight since high school.
"Actually I've lost some weight, I'm about 213 lbs. right now, in high school I was 220, but I go back and forth a lot. I've gone from about 205 to 215, but my playing weight is about 205."
Have coaches told you what your role will be this year?
"I'm playing receiver, I'm trying to ‘play it by ear' learn as much as possible by listening to players like Vidal Hazelton and Patrick Turner and those veterans and trying to get comfortable. I'll learn the offense step-by-step."
What position did you play last year?
In my senior year I played mostly running back.
So what is the change like going to receiver?
"It's not that much of a transition. I played receiver in my freshman year (in high school). Coming in to ‘SC I've learned so much so far, but I've got so much more to learn. With the coaches and the great players here, it's a great experience and a great opportunity to learn."
Who are you rooming with at ‘SC?
Where do you stand with your status this year are you planning on seeing action? Do you think there may be a redshirt season?
"No one comes to this program and thinks of being on the bench. We all will compete. Right now it will be up to the coaches (if he plays just the receiver position), I have to learn the receiver spot and that's a lot."
What's the transition like from high school to USC?
"The transition is like, well, I'm here now! It's all business from now on, you know, wake up early in the morning, do workouts, go to school, after school go to study hall then go home and do homework. There isn't much time to play around."
Who recruited you?
That's a while back isn't it?
"Yes, I've been committed for a while."
So which coach did you stay in contact with last year (with Lane Kiffin going to the Raiders)?
"Coach Holt. Really, all of them, we just built a relationship so we could keep in contact and let them know my training and work ethic."
Fall camp is coming up in a few weeks, are you looking forward to that?
"Definitely, I'm definitely looking forward to that. I like being here, being around these guys, and I love being a Trojan."