June 16, 2012
Why did you choose to attend the University of Texas? At the end of the day, the reason I chose Texas was because of the atmosphere. The recruiting class as a whole, I feel like we're a bunch of talented guys coming together and can do some things here at Texas.
How is your relationship with defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Manny Diaz? He and I are really close. He's just been telling me the ins-and-outs, the things to be ready for. I feel like it's going to be a good relationship. I get to play in his system, that's what I'm excited for.
Do you feel any added pressure because your position coach is also the defensive coordinator? Not really. It's exciting. It's a good thing that he's a defensive coordinator and a linebackers coach. He knows what he's doing.
What are your feelings about head coach Mack Brown? He's a real chill guy. He makes you feel comfortable. You can laugh with him. He's a people's person- that's what I like about him.
What are your personal goals for your first year at Texas? Make sure I get my grades right first. That's the most important thing. That's what I came to college for. Then just to work hard everyday - in the weight room, the classroom, outside on the football field. I've just got to be the best that I can be.
What is the goal of this recruiting class? To try to win a national championship. I think that's everybody's goal coming in. You just want to be the best you can be. At the end of the day, if we all come in and be the best that we can be, we can get up there to that top spot.
Do you think you're ready for the transition from high school to college? Yes. I think it's going to take some time. We've got to adjust. We just graduated from high school, and now we're back in taking summer school. It's something you have got to adjust to. But I think with the right mindset, you can adjust to it really well.
What advice have your family and friends given you as you head off to college? Just to keep God first. Stay humble. Don't lose yourself, because college can be very overwhelming. You can get lost in it. So just to keep God first, stay humble, and always stay true to myself.
How did you and fellow high school teammate Malcom Brown both decide to attend Texas? We talked about playing college football together. But at the end of the day, we knew that whatever was our best choice, that's where we should go. Luckily both of us chose Texas.
Do you think it helps to have a friend to go through the high school-to-college transition period with you? Most definitely. We can both go through the same situations. And we can grow from that. I think it's really great.
How do you think you will feel when you get a Texas jersey with your name and number on it? It's going to be a dream come true. It's been a dream to come play for Texas, and now it's becoming a reality. I'm just going to be thankful. And just so excited that I'm finally going to get that jersey.