VandyMania: So Jonathan, what have you been doing the last couple of months since you signed with Vanderbilt?
Jonathan Loyte: I've just been working hard. Training and running. All that stuff. I gave up playing basketball and baseball just to train hard and focus right now.
VM: What kind of workouts are you doing?
Jonathan: I'm doing the program that Vanderbilt sent me and doing some running on the side. I do a lot of stretching just to get more limber.
VM: What are some of the things Vanderbilt has you doing in the workout?
Jonathan: They have me working out four days a week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday is upper body day, Tuesday is a lower body day, take a break on Wednesday, on Thursday I do more upper body, Friday you do more lower body.
VM: How did your high school team finish out the season?
Jonathan: We actually lost, 13-7. We had 97-yard interception return for a touchdown, that's how they won the game. We were on their 20-yard line at the end and one of our guys fumbled. It was terrible. We actually controlled them the whole game, it was just a couple of mistakes that our backs made. That's about it. I can't watch the film. It gets me so mad when I see that stuff.
VM: That was the Championship game?
Jonathan: Yeah, it was the Super Bowl. We call it the Super Bowl; it's actually the State Championship game.
VM: What was your final record?
VM: How did you end up statistically?
Jonathan: I'm not really sure of my total season statistics but in the Super Bowl I had 3 catches for 45 yards. A couple of them were fourth down conversions.
VM: How many guys got scholarships on your team?
Jonathan: Nine kids are going to like Div I-A or Div I-AA. We have some guys going to Brown, Dartmouth, Colgate, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt.
VM: What do you plan on majoring in down at Vanderbilt?
Jonathan: I plan on doing the Human and Organizational Development program.
VM: Are there any juniors on your team that you think Vanderbilt might be in contact with?
Jonathan: There's a linebacker that is a great player. He'll be a senior next year. He's been getting a couple letters. He's a good player. He'll be very good next year.
VM: Can you tell us his name?
Jonathan: Mike Pitt.
VM: Are you in contact with any other Vanderbilt signees?
Jonathan: At the Spring Game I met a bunch of them. I met up with Lance Parker, the quarterback; Nick Brigham, the other tight end. Wide receiver George Smith. Other offensive linemen including Chris Williams, Brian Stamper, Tom Sorenson and Elliot Hood. They are all good kids
VM: Have you been in contact with any of the Vanderbilt coaches?
Jonathan: Coach McSwain, he works in my area, he's a graduate assistant who helps out on the defensive side. He calls me every week or two and we just talk. We've known each other for a while. We're just kind of like buddy-buddy. It's pretty cool. We just talk about how I'm doing lifting and how my personal life is doing. It's all fun.
VM: Keeping you motivated huh? (laughs)
Jonathan: Yeah, I can't wait to get down there.
VM: So are your parents moving to Nashville? (laughs)
Jonathan: My father wants to. No. (laughs). He'll be down for every game.
VM: Jonathon, I appreciate your time and look forward to seeing you on the field next season.
Jonathan: I can't wait to get down there. Nice talking to you.