"Yeah, I was first-team all state, player of the year."
On many tight ends having a basketball background:
"I think that's a key part to show who good you are as a tight end, to have a basketball background in there."
On how the skills translate:
"There are a lot of things in football that are similar in basketball: jumping up catching the ball, the kind of moves you make, translates over to the football field."
On if he had a chance to play in college:
"I thought about it, but scheduling and coming in as a freshman playing football was just too much."
On whether he chose football because of a better future or more enjoyment:
"Both. I loved it and I thought it would be a better future."
On where he'll be drafted:
"I haven't heard anything. I've seen rankings, I've seen them all over the place. I think with my situation this year, since we went to a new unconventional offense, a spread offense, that threw a lot of people off. I just have to work out good here and hopefully put myself in a good spot to be drafted."
On whether he caught as many passes as he would have liked:
"Uh, no. We went to a spread offense, which puts a lot more people on the field catching the ball. We recruited lots and lots of wide receivers and went to a spread offense. Three wides and one tight end and everybody spread out. A lot of people caught quite a few balls."
On how he adjusted to the slot:
"After a couple games I adjusted pretty well. I didn't want to have my senior season go to waste. I think I did pretty well in the situation."
On the change in offensive philosophy hurt draft stock:
"Me, personally, I don't think so. But for some other people might think so as people who rate me. My production went down. I think I did get better. I blocked a lot better this year and caught the ball well."
On whether the new role helped his receiving skills:
"Definitely running routes in open field against linebackers and finding holes, things that wide receivers do."
On the biggest question about his game being blocking:
"I don't know. It's probably a little of both. Nobody's perfect. I definitely have weaknesses and I'm going to attack them."
On tight ends becoming more involved on NFL level:
"Oh, yeah, definitely. People started using tight end a little more and helping out the wide receivers a little more and opening the field up. Five or six years ago, tight ends weren't as talked about as they are now and people are trying to draft them."