What was your experience like at the U.S. Army All-American Combine? It was a wonderful experience. I got to see all the competition, not just at the high school level but at the college level as well. So overall the experience was good and a great way for me to get noticed. I got great exposure from it as well.
How do you think you stacked up against some of the best quarterbacks from around the country? I thought I stacked up pretty well. Coach (Joe) Dickinson said the four guys from his group (Josh Cousins, Quinn Shanbour and Mac Katigan being the others) were all in the top ten of the guys who were there. Having him say that made me feel really good about the way I performed there and gave me confidence moving forward.
You mentioned Coach Dickinson. How has your experience with him gone and what are some of the biggest things you have learned from being a part of his program? The whole experience with Coach D has been great. He gives you a goal to set at the beginning of training and he does everything in his power to get you there. Once he gets you to a certain level, it kind of is up to you to do the rest. He makes you work hard and I really appreciate all the help he has given me.
What is your main emphasis heading into the summer? The main thing I am working on this summer is getting my name out. I have planned numerous trips to camps and various other events so I can get more exposure and have people see me. I am also working on getting stronger and the ability to act quicker. I am trying to read coverage better so I can act quicker.
What kind of quarterback would you say you are? I am a pro-style (quarterback). I am mobile in the pocket, but I am not the type of quarterback to be running around. I would also say I am a very accurate thrower.
What are your main goals in your senior season? I want to win 8-9 games, which would get us (his high school team) into the playoffs. Personally, I want to throw for over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.
What schools have been involved in your recruitment? Well the only school I have visited is Colorado. But I am also hearing from Penn State, San Diego State, Fresno State, University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV), Northern Arizona and Brown University. Brown just called me this past week, which kind of pleasantly surprised me. I never figured a team from the Ivy League would have interest in me.
Have any offers? Favorites? No offers, just interest. I am going to camp at some of them this summer and hopefully offers come after that. I plan on going to camps at Fresno State, San Diego State, UNR and Brown this summer. I donâ€™t really have a favorite right now, so I guess they are all my favorites.
Do you have a timeline on when you plan to make a college decision? After I get the 1st offer, I think I will wait 2-4 weeks just to see if any of the other schools offer as well. However, if a school offers and I just fall in love with them, I will have no hesitation to commit right away.
Being that Nevada is not known as a football hotbed, I am sure people are noticing you more than they would in a football heavy state like California or Florida. How are you dealing with the added attention you are getting? Well it took me a little while to get used to it. Iâ€™m not conceited so it kind of gets difficult talking about myself, but I have gotten used to it. Plus, in another way, it has helped. It has gotten me more exposure and allowed me to get my name out. Without the media attention, who knows if people would notice me since, like you said, Nevada isnâ€™t usually the first place colleges look for talent.
If Brown is getting in touch with you, you must be a pretty smart guy. How are you doing academically? I have a 3.47 GPA.
What do you plan to major in college? Engineering, law, architecture or business. Probably leaning toward architecture at this point.
If a teammate described you in two adjectives, what would they use? Wow, good question. I would probably have to say funny and a leader.
How bout your parents? Hold on let me go ask. Mom from the other room, â€śfocused and determinedâ€ť
What about your girlfriend? (Laughing) Oh man, she would probably say loving and cute. But I wouldnâ€™t call myself too romantic
Who were your quarterback idols growing up? Iâ€™d say Tom Brady, Brett Favre and Michael Vick for a while until he got in trouble. Right now, I really enjoy watching (San Diego Chargers quarterback) Phillip Rivers.
If you had one play to win the game, what play would you want called and which wide receiver (past or present) do you want on the other end of the pass? I would probably call a skinny post pattern to (former St. Louis Rams great) Torry Holt. I know he wouldnâ€™t drop it.
If you turned on your iPod, what would be the first song to play? Show Goes On, by Lupe Fiasco
Besides playing professional football, what would be your dream job? A CEO of a company in architecture or business and being a high school football coach on the side.