O'Brien Schofield Q&A

Great Lakes, Ill., three-star linebacker – prospect profile

O'Brien Schofield certainly has the pedigree. His uncle, Andre Carter, played Division I football at Clemson. His cousins, Bobby Engram and Vonnie Holiday, were college stars who have gone on to play in the NFL.

Schofield, a standout from North Chicago Community High School in North Chicago, Ill., will try to make a name for himself at the University of Wisconsin. Primarily a defensive end and wide receiver at North Chicago, Schofield, who lives on the Great Lakes Naval Academy base in Great Lakes, Ill., will begin his UW career at mike linebacker.

An exceptional athlete, Schofield bench presses more than 300 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and claims a 39-inch vertical jump.

He still needs to qualify academically, however, with a 2.5 grade-point average and a composite 65 on his ACT (the sum of the individual scores on the four tests that make up the ACT). Schofield, who needs a composite 68 to qualify, will retake the ACT Feb. 12.

Badger Nation: What are you most proud of from your prep career?

O'Brien Schofield: "I would have to say my coaches giving me a chance because I started playing varsity football my sophomore year and I had no defense in my blood. I was a straight wide receiver. I was kind of tall, lanky, skinny, like a Randy Moss. I was a little bit faster then but because there was a guy ahead of me like seniors, who were bigger, like kind of a [Terrell Owens] build, I didn't really get that much [playing] time. When I got in, I played. So during the summer, my coaches worked with me and I put on some weight and then they told me I was going to play defense. So I ended up starting my junior year at defensive end and I had a great season. From there I'd say my junior year really helped me out, put me on the map."

BN: Do you think that helps you, as you move forward in college, knowing that you have family members who have played college football?

OS: "Yes. I think that they're going to be by my side if I have any questions or need help with anything, I know they're going to be there for me."

BN: Considering your family ties this question might put you on the spot. Who is your favorite athlete?

OS: "I would have to say Jeremiah Trotter."

BN: Are you an Eagles fan?

OS: "Yes, yes I am."

BN: Well, so am I so I'm interested in how you became an Eagles fan.

OS: "My dad, we used to live in England and all they used to show over there was Philadelphia stuff. I used to just always wear their stuff and then one day I saw them on TV and I really liked them."

BN: That's interesting that Jeremiah Trotter is your favorite athlete. Why did you choose him?

OS: "He is the total package. He's huge, he's strong, he's got an eye for the ball. I try to model my play after him. Very physical. I saw they played Pittsburg. He was the only one really trying to take Jerome Bettis down by himself. Everybody else tried to hit him at the legs because he ain't no little guy. He's not one of the little guys."

BN: What was your favorite college team growing up?

OS: "I used to like the Clemson Tigers, my (uncle) played for them, Andre Carter."

BN: How old were you when your uncle (played for Clemson)?

OS: "I was about 8 or 9. I used to go to just about all of their home games. Actually, he gave me one of his old practice jerseys, I would always wear that to the game. I always had gloves on like I was playing and everything."

BN: Do you think you're going to redshirt your first year at Wisconsin?

OS: "The linebacker coach told me he would like me to start but I don't know how far that goes. He told me he would give me a start-off for my workout plan and all that stuff and the playbook."

BN: Looking down the road, what are your goals for the course of your Badger career?

OS: "I know when you go to college, you have one position in mind but they're going to put you where they need you. I'm willing to go to any position. I just want to play and whatever I do, I just want to succeed at that. I just want to bring forth my best effort, make the Badgers a better team on any part of the field."

BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?

OS: "Right now I'm thinking either forensic science or psychology."

BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?

OS: "Hopefully in the NFL, hopefully. I know if I do well in college, there's no doubt I'll make it to the NFL. I'm a very quick learner and I can adapt to the game. I give myself two years of actually starting to play for Wisconsin and after that, I'll be an unbelievable player, I just know I will. My work ethic is very great. Stay in the weight room, stay in the weight room, watch the game film and everything."

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