So how did things go for you on the football field last year?
“It went pretty good. We had a pretty good season. We went to the third round of the playoffs, had an 11-2 record, won our league undefeated. We had a pretty good year. We kind of brought the program back a little bit – first time we won the league in about ten years, something like that. Individually, I had about 60 catches for about 950 yards.”
So describe your game for me.
“Well from what scouts tell me, I’m a very explosive player, and I feel like I’m very electric once I get the ball in my hands, and pretty much that I can score from anywhere on the field.”
What’s your height, your weight and your 40 time?
“I’m 5’11 ½”, and I am around 187 right now.”
Is there a player in college or the pros that people compare you to, or maybe that you kind of emulate?
“In the pros, I’m kind of like DeSean Jackson a little, as far as in the return game and being a threat to score from pretty much anywhere I’m lined up at. “
You told us before that you’re already somewhat familiar with Michigan. How did you come to know so much about the Wolverines?
“Well I have family that’s from Flint (Michigan), and they come out here to visit and they tell me about Michigan and everything. They’ve been to games before and so you know, like, I know a little bit about the history, like I know the history and the numbers and things like that.”
What coach are you talking to from Michigan?
“I’ve been talking to more than one coach. I talked to Coach Ferrigno and Coach Hecklinski.”
You told us before that you’d like to visit Michigan?
“I would definitely like to. At this point I’m not able to say when I’ll actually be getting down to Michigan and checking it out and everything. I don’t have an official date yet, but I definitely want to go down there and check it out and see what they have to offer.”
What schools have you visited already?
“Oh, I visited Arizona State; USC; I’ve been to UCLA before, but I’m still planning to go and check out their spring practice when they open up spring, just because, you know, it’s local; and I’ve been to U of A, but that was a long time ago when I was younger; and that’s pretty much it. “
Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?
“No, I never grew up a fan of any particular school.”
What are you looking for in a school then? What are going to be the biggest factors in that decision?
“Number one thing for me is I have to feel at home on the campus and with the coaches. I just have to feel at home. Kind of like my home away from home, you know, if it’s out of California. And coaches that can kind of guide me the right way and, you know, relate to the players in a way, and that’s my main thing right now. Those would be my main factors.”
What about distance from home? Do you think that’s going to play a role for you?
“No, not at all.”
What about offense? Do you have a system preference? Pro-style or spread?
“I have no preference, as long as you know – oh, also, what’s going to play a role is if I’m going to be able to compete for early playing time. That’s also going to play a role. But back to the offense, I really have no preference. Whatever – if a coach is recruiting me, they obviously have plans for me, so you know I’m definitely going to look into that and see how they plan to use me within their offense.”
Have any schools kind of emerged as the early favorites for you so far?
“As of right now, no, I don’t have any early favorites. I’ve kind of just been enjoying recruitment, kind of, you know, still coming down from the excitement of receiving all these offers and opportunities, and kind of starting to do my research and homework, and hopefully soon I can have like, you know, some favorites, and, you know, my top and things like that.”
So what about timeline? Do you have a time frame first for when you’re going to narrow things down, and then second, for when you’re going to make a decision?
“I have no set time frames for when I want to do any of those things. I just kind of want to play it out, and whenever I feel like – it’s kind of like a feeling thing with me – whenever I feel like, you know, I want to narrow it down to these few schools, because I feel like those are the top schools right now, you know, just in my heart, that’s how I feel, that’s what I’m going to do, and then when I feel like I’m ready to make a decision, whether it’s early or it’s you know, later on, I’m going to make the right decision, just based on, you know, evidence, and my research, and how I feel about the school. “
Last one. Just in general, what do you know about Michigan? What do you like about Michigan? What do you need to find out about Michigan?
“Well what I know about them and what I like about them is kind of like the same thing. I know about their tradition, and that’s one thing I really like. It shows a school has history, and it’s a history of winning, a history of producing great talent, such as Charles Woodson, Braylon Edwards, and you know, presently, Denard Robinson. And, you know, I like how their new coach is kind of bringing back the old tradition of the numbers and everything with #1, and he’s bringing the tradition with #2, and #21, and things like that. I like those things about a program… how you can earn those type things.”