Our next player spotlight comes
from the big boys up front. We had
a chance to chat with Monte
PrepCa.com: What is your favorite block to make?
Mike: Pulling outside towards the
sideline with the running back following me, also straight up drive
PrepCa.com: What is your official height, weight, bench, squat, clean and 40?
Mike: 6'2/ 296/ 320/ 475/
PrepCa.com: Who is currently recruiting you? Any early offers yet? As of right now who would be your top 5?
Mike: offered from
PrepCa.com: What is your greatest football memory?
Mike: Last year at our cross town
rivalry game we were down 10-3 and were predicted too lose. I was playing left end when they ran a
sweep across the opposite side. I
trailed and when he cut back I stripped the ball allowing our safety to grab it
and run it back 60 yards for a TD and a come from behind win.
PrepCa.com: What are you doing to prepare for next season?
Mike: Training 5 times a week for at
least 2 hours at a time if not more.
PrepCa.com: What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Mike: I want a ring. I think about it every night. Our team really feels like we have a
championship team. We also have a
great line. For my personal goals,
I would like to have 20 sacks, 80 tackles and be named All American like my
PrepCa.com: What is your strength as a football player?
Mike: Leadership, intensity, desire and
a love for the game.
PrepCa.com: What is your weakness as a football player?
Mike: I can't stand to lose. Sometimes defeat overcomes me and I get
really down. But I feel that it
also builds a fire inside me for the next game.
PrepCa.com: Who are some teammates that people need to watch for?
Mike: Matt Silva, Brandon Sweeney, Dave
Rugburg, Drew McCalister and Luke Langon.
Watch out for our line this year we could be unstoppable.
PrepCa.com: What teammate do you really respect the most and why?
Mike: I respect anyone that would put
himself in harms way for the man next to him.
PrepCa.com: Which program do you respect the most?
PrepCa.com: What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?
Mike: My dad told me that, "If you want
something in your life, you and only you can go and get it."
PrepCa.com: Who has been the most influential person in your life? Why?
Mike: My dad. He had made me the man of character that
I am today. Sometimes I get
frustrated with him but I realize know how much it has helped me be who I
PrepCa.com: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
Mike: Ray Lewis, LaDanian Tomlinson and
PrepCa.com: What can we expect from your team this season?
Mike: NCS CHAMPS
PrepCa.com: What are your goals as far as playing football in college?
Mike: To be a leader, to get my
education and hopefully get a shot at the big time.
PrepCa.com: What can you bring to a college program?
Mike: A leader and a very consistent
PrepCa.com: What is your favorite thing about the game of football?
Mike: The relationships that you build
with your team and the feeling you get when you go out on the field with those
guys, your brothers.
PrepCa.com: What has been the most surprising part of the whole recruiting process? What advice would you give to athletes who get recruited in the future?
Mike: The most surprising thing was
probably that I committed early. I
always thought I would be a guy that kept everyone on the edge of their
seats. But it really made no sense
to wait. My advice would be to look
for a well rounded university and really think about who and what you wanted to
be surrounded by.
PrepCa.com: What was it about
Mike: I chose
The staff at PrepCa.com would
really like to thank Mike for taking the time to talk with us. We wish him and the rest of his Monte