Are you done growing?
"I've got a little left. I might be popping up at U-Dub around 6-5. That's the hope. Let's see how it goes."
What's it like being the starting quarterback at Bothell?
"For the most part it's how I've always grown up. It's kind of normal for me. There's a lot of pressures other positions or other people wouldn't understand, for the most part. But I deal with them, with my rock Jesus Christ. I pray to him a lot. My parents are awesome support, and my head coach Tom Bainter. We talk about football a lot and I feel like I'm in a really good place as far as where I've been faith-wise, school-wise and football athletically."
What are the stresses the come with being on the path that you're on?
"Actually it's been a big stress relief. Some people worry about what they're going to do after high school or where they are going to go through life, but since a young age I've had it pretty mapped out. All my work has been toward grinding toward those goals. Seeing them be fulfilled and seeing my path and the way it's been laid out has been really satisfying and really redeeming. It keeps giving me motivation to keep working and keep pursuing my new goals and my new dreams."
Do you get to let your hair down and be a goofy kid at all anymore?
"I'd say probably within the safety of my home and with some close friends - yeah. But along with being highly-recruited at quarterback, all eyes are on you. Especially with some early success and early recruitment, it started at an even earlier age. I always wanted to conduct myself in a way that would make my family proud and my school, myself and my personal brand proud. It's never really been an issue. I'd say I'm more mature than my age. It's how things have accelerated through my youth, but at the end of the day it's made me a stronger and better person leading toward the future. But every once in a while, given the right crowd, I'll loosen up a little bit."
What's the hardest part about being you and what you do?
"I can't tell you there's a hardest part. There's always parts of me I can improve on and work on, and those are things I focus on. The vast majority of it, I take input on it from whoever is in my inner circle. I'm working on being a better person every day."
What's the best part about being you?
"The best part? Shoot. I guess waking up every morning knowing the previous day was work spent toward working toward those goals I've had. With that knowledge, it kind of motivates me to do the same thing the next day."
What's the best part about working with Jake Heaps and the knowledge you've gained from him?
"He's an invaluable resource. I've had the privilege to work with him recently preparing for the Elite 11, as well as just maturing as a quarterback myself. Just the vast amount of experience and knowledge that he has and has been able to give to me through our training has been awesome. He kind of helps me to understand the young pressures of what it's like to be highly-recruited and what it's like to deal with these pressures the best way possible. It's a really positive environment because he's been in my spot before. We can really relate to each other in a way that I can't with some other people."
Who is hardest on you?
"I would probably say my Dad. He's always been the standard of what it looks like to work hard and be a man. He always said that if he was a farmer he would teach us how to bail hay, but since he was a football player growing up he's taught us to work hard, to be a young man - and football is the best route for him to do that. He's always been really hard on us, myself and the rest of my siblings, to pursue excellence in whatever it is. For me it's been football, so it's been a constant grind since I was a young boy to work to become what I am."
Is it hard that it's your Father who is the hardest on you?
"Yeah. He's been my coach since I was seven years old. We had some hard times but also some great times. I'd say there's more good than bad. As a total I don't think I could have grown any more if I had had a different choice. So I've been extremely blessed to have him as a coach and as a father through this run, so I wouldn't change it for anything."
How about Mom?
"Mom's awesome. She's there for support, no matter good or bad. She knows football probably as well as any of us, but at the end of the day she uses that as a tool to build character as young men and she's there supporting us no matter what. So that's always an extreme blessing. Good day or bad day at the football field, you come home and Mom has our back. She loves me for who I am and I can never complain about that."
Who taught you to do interviews?
"I worked with Jake Heaps a little bit. My Dad. And also be smart. At the end of the day be genuine and never throw anyone under the bus, of course. The locker room talk stays there. But other than that, be genuine - be yourself. That's what people warm up to."