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?

A: Sleep.

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.

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