Q: How long have you been playing your sports?
A: I’ve been playing football since kindergarten and track I started with throwing events in middle school and then last year I started running.
Q: Did you ever play any other sports growing up?
A: I played soccer, lacrosse, and basketball.
Q: What was it that made you want to focus on football?
A: It was just the one I felt the most bond with and I felt I was the best at it.
Q: How much training do you do per day or week on a yearly basis?
A: Probably about three hours a day each week, five times a week.
Q: Do you really have downtime away from sports?
A: Sundays, if I’m not working out, but most of the time I’m doing some sort of activity.
Q: How does your training differ when you are in-season compared to offseason?
A: In-season I’m focusing on things that will help me directly with the sports, while offseason I’m focused on my strength and getting my weight up.
Q: Rating the sports you play versus academics, what’s most important in your life?
A: Sports are most important in my life. Academics do come first, but what’s more important to me is football.
Q: In what way are you uniquely gifted?
A: I’m a quick big guy.
Q: What skills do sports teach you that you apply to life?
A: Always making smarter decisions, working hard and striving to be the best you can.
Q: What goals do you have for your senior year, academically and/or athletically?
A: To get a scholarship and get my GPA to a 3.5 or 3.6.
Q: What are your personal dreams?
A: To make it to the leagues one day or just get a scholarship for college.
Q: What is something you would want to do every day?
A: I would say football, but that would put a beating on you. I would do it every day if I could.
Q: What has been your best high school sports moment?
A: It was on an onside-kick recovery against Jackson. They were coming back and had a deep onside kick because of a penalty and I got the recovery and saved the game.
Q: Any coaches, teachers, or family members who have helped you get to this point?
A: My dad for sure, my Uncle, coach (Johnny) Hughes, has helped me a lot, and my mom for letting me move down here, for sure.
Q: What advice would you give to the next generation of Conchs?
A: Just keep striving to be the best you can. It’s Conch football.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve received?
A: Just try your best and always give 110%.
Q: Having invested so much time — physically, mentally, and emotionally — to your sports, in what way can you have proper closure during your senior year?
A: We will if I can feel that way, there’s a lot of stuff on the checklist. I want to get some interceptions this year since I moved to linebacker and then also get some nice hits. I want to be able to make highlight-reel tape.
Q: Anywhere in the world you want to visit?
A: It would be cool to go to Fiji or Hawaii because I like the islands.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of sports?
A: I like to go fishing, spearfishing anything with the water pretty much.
Q: What are some challenges you’ve faced as a student-athlete?
A: Getting off and having to go do homework at 8 o’clock at night. Then having to wake up the next day and do it again.
Q: If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?
Q: Do you have any college interests?
A: I get letters, but nothing too serious.
Q: If you have an opportunity to play a sport in college, no matter the size or location of the school, will you take it?
A: Yeah, no doubt.
Q: If you do plan to play a college sport, Is there any one skill you feel you need to improve on to make it at the collegiate level?
A: Either my balance or my speed.
Q: What is something you would tell your college roommate about the Keys?
A: Let’s go on Spring Break.
Q: On your first trip back home, what will be the meal you ask for?
A: To go to Hogfish to get a grouper sandwich or some type of fish sandwich.
Q: Do you have any career aspirations?
A: Maybe a firefighter. I’m taking a class on it now and it’s pretty interesting.