June 9, 2012
How do you think you will handle the transition from high school to college?
The transition isn’t going to be easy, but it’s life. You’ve got to grow up real fast. Me personally, I’m ready for it. I’m ready for all the new experiences and whatever football throws at me as well as school. I’m well prepared.
Do you feel that all the incoming defensive line recruits are coming together as a unit?
Being a successful unit comes with friendship and brotherhood. We hang out together. We do all the right things together. We lead and follow each other’s leadership. We all have respect for each other. We’re all going to keep giving each other encouragement. The leadership in this defensive line class is very strong.
Have you all begun the bonding process?
Yes. We hang out. We have fun. We study together. We watch a little bit of film. We always talk on the phone before we come up here [to the football facilities]. We say, “We’re going to come up here, and we’re going to do well up here."
Why did you decide to play football at Texas?
The reason I chose Texas is because I’ve wanted to be a Longhorn since I was three [years old]. I’ve had three people in my family that have [attended] here and graduated. When I came up here sophomore year, I did really well at a camp. I really liked the whole 40 acres. I just fell in love with the campus.
What is your relationship with defensive tackles coach Bo Davis?
My relationship with Coach Bo Davis is really good. He was recruiting me heavily when he was at Alabama. So when he left Alabama it was just more icing on the cake. I got my offer from Texas, and I had a coach that I really liked recruiting me. So it was really cool.
What are your thoughts on head coach Mack Brown?
Coach Brown is an excellent coach. And no doubt, he doesn’t have any bumps or curves or anything. He’s a straight-up person. He’s a lovely person. I think what really separates Coach Brown’s program from everybody else’s is that he cares about us. That’s the real deal. He cares about his kids. He loves his kids. He’s going to tell you the truth. He’s molding us to be great young men. That’s what it is. That’s what I love about the Texas program.
How do you think you will feel when you see your name on a Texas jersey?
It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be a good feeling. It’s going to be another accomplishment off my board. I have many goals I have set. It’s going to be another achievement. When I get my jersey I’m going to go out and do very well in it. I’m going to make sure I make the 101,000 fans happy here in Austin. It’s going to be a great feeling.
Do you feel like you are already a part of the Texas football family?
Yes. From the first day I stepped on campus. [Really] from when I committed.