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USA Today Defensive Player of the Year

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Defensive player of the year


Defensive end for South Pointe, Rock Hill, S.C.

Height: 6-5; Weight: 235.

Why him:Considered the top recruit in the 2011 class, he combines rare speed (4.5 in the 40) with strength and size. Had five touchdowns on defense, 162 tackles, 29 sacks, 29 tackles for loss, 11 caused fumbles and six fumbles recoveries. On offense, he had 20 carries for 274 yards and nine touchdowns. His team was 38-6 in the last three years. Showed he won't have trouble adjusting to next level by dominating talented athletes in the Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, S.C., drawing five holding calls while making five tackles for loss, including three sacks in the game. He's undecided in his college choice.

Favorite musician: (Atlanta rapper) TI

Best book you've read recently:Box Out (By John Coy)

Little-known fact:"I am an extremely sore loser...I hate to lose at anything."

High school highlight:"Winning the 2008 State Championship in football vs. Northwestern ... They are our crosstown rival ... We actually beat them twice that year. But beating them in the title game was awesome."

Favorite teacher:"Mr. Joe Koon ... My English 4 teacher. He is the smartest man I know. He is a great guy that enjoys helping kids learn."

Football start:"It's a family tradition."

Funniest recruiting story:"People (coaches) always telling me what they can do for me and they really don't even know me."

After football, I'll:"Go fishing with my granddad and spend time with family and friends."



Christy said...

Great publicity, John! That's a fun interview.

I actually watched a football game recently (big deal for me). My daughter and her high school dance team accompanied the football players to the state championships and won the division one title. First time ever for this school (my alma mater), so the whole town is pretty excited.

Edie Hemingway said...

What wonderful affirmation for your book, John!

Lauren said...

How wonderful John!

Stephanie said...

That's so cool!

David LaRochelle said...

Very neat. That has to be very rewarding to know that your books are connecting with young people in such a strong manner. Congratulations!