Position: Offensive Guard
High School: Patrick Henry
Rivals.com Rating: 5.6, Three stars
Rivals.com State Ranking: 60
Recruited by: Jeff Grimes
Has your size changed at all?
I'm about 282 now. My height is still 6'4" still.
What does your workout routine entail?
I like to do a variety of things. Usually, it's squat twice a week, bench twice a week, cleans, just all the Olympic type of lifts. I haven't gotten the program from Virginia Tech yet, so I'm waiting on that, to see what stuff they specifically want me doing. I've just been doing a variety of things my brother has been teaching me. I'm just working a lot in general, four to five days a week and running. I'm trying to get in shape, too.
When do you plan on reporting to Virginia Tech?
The second session, so the first week of July, somewhere around there.
What do you plan on working or improving on through this summer?
Coach Searels and Coach Loeffler, they definitely said for me to be in the best shape of my life and I'll be halfway there. I feel like that's the biggest thing I need to work on, to be in the best shape. If I'm in shape, the sky's the limit. I'm definitely gonna work on getting bigger, faster and stronger. But I feel like getting in shape is one of the most important things I can do.
How would you describe your playing style?
I'm more of an explosive type of player. I'm quick as an offensive lineman can be, but I'm quicker than a lot of offensive linemen. I pull a lot, as you can see from my highlight tape. I'm just an explosive-type of player and the first couple of steps, I try to beat my man off the ball. I'm not the biggest offensive lineman out there, but I feel like my speed is my strength.
What are some of your goals for your freshman season at Virginia Tech?
Honestly, I just wanna go in and compete for a starting position. I think that's everyone's goal and that's all you can ask of a person. I definitely just wanna go in and compete and win and ACC championship.
What player or team are you most looking forward to going up against?
I'd say definitely Ohio State, just because these next two years playing them, being an Ohio boy. It'd be pretty good to stick it to 'em. I'm definitely looking forward to playing them.
What's your favorite food?
Honestly, olives are one of them, as weird as that may sound. Olives and just red meat. I'll eat any meat that's on land areas. I'm not a fish or seafood guy, but I like lobster. The first time I tried it was actually at Virginia Tech. But I'm a red meat, chicken, just straight-up meat and potatoes.
What is your favorite movie?
"Shooter," no doubt.
What is your favorite TV show?
"Breaking Bad" or "Revolution." Probably "Breaking Bad."
What's the one song you're getting amped up to before a game?
"Lose Yourself," by Eminem.
What would be three words to describe you?
Hard-working, pretty determined to get done what needs to be and godly. I try to be as godly as you can.
If you could date any celebrity, who would it be?
Ooh, I've turned down a couple, so I don't know (laughing). Honestly, I don't really follow celebrities or anything like that, too much. I'm not sure what I'd tell you.
If you could go toe to toe in the ring with anybody, who would it be?
My brother and my dad, for sure. Just being the youngest in the family, you always grow up like, 'I'm gonna be bigger and tougher than you.' Sometimes, that's gotta change. They say you'll never be able to beat your dad and I agree with him most of the time, but he's had knee surgery, so I'll put myself up against him (laughing). But definitely, my brother, for sure and my dad back in his prime, just for competition's sake. Being six years younger than (my brother) Cody, I was always playing with him out in the yard and with all his friends. You get beat up playing with the older guys.
What's been your most memorable experience playing football?
My last win of my high school career was getting my head coach's 200th career win. And he retired after this year, so that was very memorable and I'll always remember that.
What's the one thing you learned from your recruitment that you would pass on as advice to a future recruit?
Honestly, just have fun with it. Looking back, I wish I would have enjoyed a little bit more, because it does get very stressful and hectic. I think every recruit would tell you that. Just enjoy it, have fun with it and enjoy getting to see all the places because it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
Note: Not including Rivals' premium sites, do not copy/paste and or repost this column outside of Rivals.com, particularly on message boards, chat rooms and e-mails, as it is a direct violation of copyright laws. Thank you.