How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
– Several teams sent me letters, mostly Ivy League schools, but Emporia State was my only offer.
Where did you choose and why?
– I chose Emporia because I really liked the coaches who recruited me and they were my only scholarship offer.
What were your goals for your senior year?
– To do my best leading the defense/team to the best of my ability and winning a national championship.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
– Yes, I met with 10 scouts throughout the season and they all told me I had a bright future ahead of me and to keep working hard.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
– My instincts, ball skills, and open field tackling.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
– I look at a lot when breaking film down: player tendencies, what teams like to do on 3rd down situations, what other teams did to have success/failure and etc.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
– Michael Hill from Missouri Western ran the ball harder than any runningback I have faced. He is a great player and is doing well in the NFL now.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
– Antrel Rolle, he is asked to step up and play different positions at times. He also has very good ball skills.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
– Coming back from taking time off from the game. I had my doubts and was unsure how I would be treated in the locker room. I just kept my head down, worked hard, and let my play do the talking.
What system fits your style of play the best?
– A system that allows me to cover ground and play free. I really like playing cover 3, cover 2, and man free.
What is your biggest strength?
– Using my instincts to make plays.
What is your biggest weakness?
– Sometimes I play too fast and take myself out of plays.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
– I would tell him that I am a business major in school, and so I understand that playing in the NFL is a job and I would bring a solid work ethic to the workplace. I would also say that I am versatile and ready to do whatever is asked of me by the team, from playing a different position to contributing on special teams.
Growing up, who was your role model?
– Kobe Bryant has always been my favorite athlete and role model. I love his passion for winning and determination to do it.
Who is/was your favorite team and player in the NFL, and why?
– Growing up my favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys, now I enjoy just watching a great game and seeing professionals play the game the way it’s meant to be played. My favorite player of all time is Brett Favre; he had an act for making special things happen on the field and did that throughout his entire career. I also really respected the way he played in a game shortly after his father passed; I took a lot away from that.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
– When my grandmother passed in 8th grade, I had to step up and help comfort my mother through her most difficult time in life.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
– My grandfather who passed before I was born, John F. Kennedy, and my dinner date, Kate Upton.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
– I would use it to pay off a portion of my student loan debt.