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GRIFFIN BELT, QB #7 (6'6"/ 230lbs C/O 2019)

WHEELER HIGH SCHOOL, VALPARAISO, INDIANA

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(GRIFFIN)  I had a great childhood. I started football at the age of 5 and at first hated it because I never liked going to practice and getting hit, then I sorta grew into it and realized that I’m actually good at this sport. From there, it’s just been my thing.  I also faced some adversity with injuries growing up which have produced some bumps in the road here and there.      

2.(SESM)  What is the next step for you as a football player?  

(GRIFFIN)  I will be attending Anderson University to further my football career and to better there football program.

 3.(SESM)   What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a quarterback?   

(GRIFFIN)  Good arm, can throw on the run, can drop back and put the ball where you needs to be, very vocal on the field, will run if need to and or hit someone if needed (physical). Mentally, I know where the ball needs to go. I know what plays will work against the opposing teams defenses and can read defenses well in my opinion.       

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(GRIFFIN)  When I was younger, my parents put me into sports because they didn’t want me to grow up sitting in the house playing video games all day. But once I saw I was good at the sport, I started to love it more and more and realized if I try hard enough, it could potentially take me somewhere further in my life.          

5.(SESM)  How do you prepare for the next level of your football career?    

(GRIFFIN)  I’ve been trying to stay strong in the classroom to finish off my senior year right. I have been communicating with my coaches down at college to stay in the loop of how the team is looking with new recruits and so on. I will be starting a workout plan for them as soon as summer comes around.

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(GRIFFIN) It’s a toss up between two players. I was a huge Tim Tebow fan while he was in college and into the pros but he sorta fell off as a pro NFL player. But my other favorite player has to be Peyton Manning.              

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(GRIFFIN)  Current players I would have to say Jake Fromm fromThe University of Georgia and Drew Brees from The New Orleans Saints.        

8.(SESM)  Describe what being the leader of your team (as a quarterback) is like for you?  

(GRIFFIN)  It’s really a big role. All the players on the offense usually come to you or your coach to ask you questions about plays and other things. You're the leader of the team and always have to set a high standard for your teammates. 

9.(SESM)  Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line down five points with four minutes to go or watch your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?    

(GRIFFIN)  That can go both ways in my opinion. I have faith in my defense when they are on the field. I trust them when they go out there to stop them and get the ball back. But, I would much rather be out there because I know I can get down the field and score to get the team a victory.           

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(GRIFFIN)  I’m honestly a huge goof ball. I just make kids laugh and go with the flow of things. I have tons of friends and love being active.  I feel as if the younger kids in the school look up to me in a sense. Like the younger boys look up to me as a student and player.
 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 10, 2019


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DUKE ARNOLD, RB #13 (5'11"/185lbs C/O 2021)

MADISON CENTRAL JAGUARS, MADISON, MISSISSIPPI

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(DUKE)  I’ve had a football in my hand since I was born . i Started playing at the age of 4. My dad pushed me everyday . Peewee football broke me in and now I reflect on some of those moments to this day.      

2.(SESM)   What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Runningback?  

(DUKE)  I rely heavily on my vision before snap. Just as the play is devolving, I keep a low pad level to make it hard for defenders to tackle me and just show a mixture of power and speed.  3.(SESM)  What motivated you to play football?  

(DUKE)  My dad and Tim Tebow. When he played at Florida, I watched every game and he inspired me a lot to play football and to follow my dreams.         

4.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(DUKE)  Deion Sanders          

5.(SESM) How are you  preparing during the off season?  

(DUKE) Going hard with my school workouts and training at D1 with Mike Espy. Mike is one of the best, hands down. But also getting a stronger bond with GOD and keep positivity in my circle all year long.              

6.(SESM) If given a chance to play at the next level, what course of study(major) have you considered studying? 

(DUKE)  Sports Medicine             

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(DUKE)  Ezekiel Elliot. Just the vision, power, athleticism and speed, I can learn a lot from him.       

8.(SESM) Your parents graduated from a rival school of yours(Starkville Yellowjackets). What is it like in your home during STARKVILLE WEEK?

(DUKE)  LOL!!!!  It’s LIT!!! My parents will always be Yellowjackets, but they will always ride with me over anything or anybody.. It’s crazy, family be calling from Starkville, talking noise!, so I enjoy and can’t wait for STARKVILLE WEEK. 

9.(SESM)  Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or have your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(DUKE)  I WANT THE BALL!!! That's crunch time and BIG players make BIG plays in BIG moments, so I want the ball and I’m going to lay it all on the line for my teammates.          

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(DUKE)  I’m chill. I like to joke around and have fun as a teenager. I don't go to parties or be where the crowd at so I’m laid back all the time.  


Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

FEBRUARY 9, 2019

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TRAVON DANIELS, DL #8 (6'1"/ 265lbs C/O 2019)

HOLTVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, DEATSVILLE, ALABAMA

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(TRAVON)  I grew up in a TWO parent household until my parents got divorced. I stayed with my mama for a lil while and got into a lil trouble, then I figured out football would be my only way of becoming a man and getting a lot of wisdom to get to where I need grow in life. I moved in with my dad and I got my act together. He told me football is surrounded by academics, rules and also discipline. I attended a 6A school in Millbrook, Alabama, not far from where I live right now. I played there for a lil while then I moved to Holtville which is a good school for me to play football.   The football program went from losing seasons to us making it to the playoffs this past year because we bought into our program.      

2.(SESM) You're graduating this year. What is the next step for you as a football player?

(TRAVON)  My next step is to get better in hand techniques as a  D-lineman. We have to get our hands dirty. We can change the tempo of most offenses if your good with your hands, that's what a few college coaches told me so I'm working as much as possible and also in the weight room. "NO DAYS OFF" is my saying to myself.       

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Defensive Lineman?  

(TRAVON)  Well I'm an aggressive type of player with strength. I come harder throughout the game goes and I figure out weak spots on offensive linemen. I have a really strong core with a good engine on the field and I'm explosive when I'm in pursuit on whoever has the ball. Hitting power, quickness,speed,strength and etc is what most college coaches look at. Mentally I keep myself motivated a lot. I'm not a person who loses faith in myself. I play till the clock is out even if we're losing a football game. My mental strengths are pretty simple. I focus on keeping my energy high so the team can feed off of it and also to limit big plays. 4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(TRAVON)  To be honest, every kid has a dream of being a professional football player. Growing up where I come from, football ran the city because my home town used to win state championships when I was a lil kid, so playing high school football was like a dream come true and a  platform for me because those Friday night lights were where people came to see you play and shine for all the hard work you did over those summers with brothers that have your back till the game ends.          

5.(SESM) How are you  preparing during the off season?  

(TRAVON)  Just staying in good condition mentally and physically. I train a lot more harder, so basically just become a better athlete after high school, change my game more so I can bring a lot more to the table than just a normal high school athlete             

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(TRAVON)  I would say Ray Lewis, because he's a spiritual type football player. Someone that I've been idolizing since I was 9 yrs old. He played the game smart in a lot of ways. He plaeds through injuries. It's a lot of things Ray Lewis did in his career that stands out in my opinion. Ray Lewis is an athlete that you would love to have on your team because of the leadership and the spiritual level he brings to the table as a player.              

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(TRAVON)  Isaiah Buggs III,  he has great potential of being the best D-lineman. He gets better by the day and he also plays with a chip on his shoulder regardless of what type of game it is.   

8.(SESM) Describe what being on the line of scrimmage before each snap is like for you?

(TRAVON)  There is a lot of pressure on the line, especially when coaches are depending on you to play like you're capable of playing. Also if you're that standout athlete, your expectations are high, so being on the line of scrimmage, I just stay calm and play ball and just make whoever I'm lined up against, that's not in my team colors, feel everything I'm going to give to him which I can say "I'mma make my man feel me!!!"

I always say that to myself because I trash talk to the other players. 

9.(SESM)  Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or have your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(TRAVON)  I would rather my team be on offense first because we have been in those situations and won games because once we score it gives the defense momentum to turn up on the field and get turnovers.           

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(TRAVON)  I'm a leader off/on the field. I'm really supportive of the younger guys because some of them are capable of being varsity captains, so I give them power words of encourage to them to live up to. I'm a good person to be around also I can be really funny at moments, especially when I'm nervous. I'm the type of kid, that if I was to walk into a room full of people, they can tell what a wonderful person and athlete I am off the bat just by stepping in the room.   

BONUS (SESM) In your opinion, what NCAA Conference has the toughest competition?  
(TRAVON)  There's nothing like the SEC!!!  That's the toughest conference in my opinion, because it's bigger and better, plus a lot of the programs in it are based off the environment of people and football in general.

 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 30, 2019

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LADERRICK JOHNSON, CB/SS #29 (5'11"/160lbs C/O 2019)

JACKSON HIGH SCHOOL, JACKSON, GEORGIA

 

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(LADERRICK)  Umm, I grew up in poverty. I would always see my mom struggling and stressing. My brother and I are in the same grade and we're both headed to college. I grew up in a 3 bedroom apartment with my little sister,mom and brother.  My brother and I decided to change our family’s lives, that’s why we are headed to college.     

2.(SESM) Going off your answer to last question, footall and college are ways in right direction to make changes for the better. Football is a given with 21 offers, but what do you plan to major in as a college student?

(LADERRICK)  I plan on majoring in business.      

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a CORNERBACK?  

(LADERRICK)   My strengths are my feet. I have amazing quick feet which allows me to keep up with a receiver and break on routes and I’m a physical corner I have no problem with coming down and making a tackle.

 My mental strengths are pretty simple. I focus on keeping my energy high so the team can feed off of it and also to limit big plays.      

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(LADERRICK)  Mainly because it’s the easiest way to go to college, but I’ve always been around people who’s played football from my family and friends to my coaches, so it was kind of destined for me to play.         

5.(SESM) How are you  preparing during the off season?  

(LADERRICK)  I lift everyday after school. I run track, so that keeps me in shape and I do DB drills from time to time.            

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(LADERRICK)  LSU cornerback Greedy Williams             

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(LADERRICK)  Greedy Williams because he’s more of a cover cornerback and ball hawk.  He also comes down and make tackles.      

8.(SESM) What team (school, city/state) has been the biggest test for you during your high school career?

(LADERRICK)  Peach County Trojans in Georgia. They’ve always had phenomenal athletes like Kearas Jackson, who plays for The university of Georgia. They're a well disciplined team.

9.(SESM)  Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or have your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(LADERRICK)  Defense, because all of our best players are on defense. Not saying our offense is bad, but I like the odds with our defense.         

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(LADERRICK)  Off the field I'm a laid back, kinda mellow person who loves to interact with others in need. I’m a leader by my actions.
 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 30, 2019

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CHRISTOPHER PARSONS, WR #1 (5'8"/145lbs C/O 2019)

WEST CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(CHRISTOPHER)  I was born in Akron, Ohio. My mom was in the military so we moved to Tennessee when I was 3. Growing up I played every sport available (except for soccer). i was always doing something. I started playing flag football at the age of 5. Around that time, I was a huge Chris Johnson fan. I had the poster and everything. I use to stay in trouble, but as I got older, I realized that if I wanted to play football, I had to get my act together, which my mom made sure i did what I was supposed to do for sure. 7th and half of 8th grade I moved to Nashville because my mom got a better job opportunity. I ended moving back to Clarksville, TN where I started my high school career.    

2.(SESM) What is the next step for you as a football player? 

(CHRISTOPHER)   The next step for me is finalizing where i want my new home to be.       

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Slot Receiver?  

(CHRISTOPHER)  My strengths are I’m quick, shifty, agile, smart, and I can take a hit. My mentality as a slot is that anyone who lines up against me is gonna have a long night.      

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(CHRISTOPHER)  I just fell in love with it growing up watching Chris Johnson       

5.(SESM) How are you physically preparing for the next level of your football career?  

(CHRISTOPHER) I can’t get too comfortable with what I’ve accomplished in high school. I have to train 10x harder and become 10x smarter.           

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(CHRISTOPHER)  Tavon Austin            

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(CHRISTOPHER)  Marquise “Hollywood” Brown of the University of Oklahoma   

8.(SESM) You Describe what being a slot receiver is like on your team going across the middle in Linebacker Territory.

(CHRISTOPHER) On my team, you have no time to waste, so whatever it is that your doing, you have to do it with a purpose. The defense knows the ball is coming to me, so I have to make sure I clear the linebacker fast enough so my QB can throw me the ball.      

 9.(SESM)  Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or watch your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(CHRISTOPHER)  I would rather have the ball on my own 20 because I have enough confidence in myself and in my team that that we can score, plus I like being in close situations.         

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(CHRISTOPHER)  Off the field you wouldn’t think I played football. I’m a complete goof ball, someone who always smiles, cracks jokes, and is a family man  and i’m really a nerd. I love school.
 

Donavan Strickland 

Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 29, 2019

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TRISTIAN PULLINS, WR #85 (5'11"/175lbs C/O 2020)

BRADWELL INSTITUTE, HINESVILLE, GEORGIA

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(TRISTIAN) I was born in Jesup, GA AND raised in Savannah,Ga. I was always a very active kid, so my parents decided to put me in this sport called football. I've been playing this sport every since I was 4. Since then, it has become second nature to me. Playing 10 and under rec football I learned the fundamentals of how to play the sport under Coach Troy.  My family is the ticket as to why I'm still playing on this very day.  My mom is my personal cheerleader and pusher. My stepdad is also my support on getting me to go in the right direction. Both of them have always given me some type of wisdom as to how to improve myself and improvise through changes.        

2.(SESM) What is the next step for you as a football player? How do you plan to elevate your game?

(TRISTIAN)   As a football player, my next step is to continue to strengthening my knowledge academically. Physically, I play 7 on7 with my teammates and visit camps as much as possible.   As far as elevating my game...Trust in God for guidance, stay focused and stay fit.        

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Slot Receiver?  

(TRISTIAN)   My strengths physically as a slot receiver are my speed, my route running, and my ability to receive contestant. My strengths mentally as a slot receiver are, knowing how to make a play, and overcoming anyone who steps in front of me.     

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(TRISTIAN)  What motivated me to play football is the significance of having a strong mental focus with a none stop physical endurances. After all the blood, sweat, and tears you've provided from all the hard work, here you are, preparing yourself to prove who you are on that field.     

5.(SESM) How are you physically preparing for the next level of your football career?  

(TRISTIAN)  For the next level of my football career I plan on continuing on having a hard work ethic in acedemics and exploring my strengths in all areas as a Slot Wr .           

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(TRISTIAN)  My favorite football player is Tyreek Hill .          

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(TRISTIAN)   I would compare myself to Tyreek hill because we're both about speed and being shifty.          

8.(SESM) You Describe what being a slot receiver is like on your team going across the middle in Linebacker Territory.

(TRISTIAN)  Being a Slot WR for my team is very helpful because on some plays I can drag players away as if I was getting the ball . You gotta be quick to get pass all the line backers and safties in my perspective .     

 9.(SESM)  Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or watch your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(TRISTIAN)  I would rather have the ball at our 20 yard line down five points with four minutes to go because it's better off having the ball in your possession and having faith in your offense .       

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. 

(TRISTIAN)  The person I am off the field is I'ma son, a brother, a first cousin, and a person trains daily. I am Tristian Pullins.  
  

Donavan Strickland 

 Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

Southaven, Mississippi 38671

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 28, 2019

RAKEEM B. SAVUSA, DT/DE #57 (6'0"/245lbs C/O 2019)

NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL, CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(RAKEEM)  I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. I really moved to lots of places with my dad being retired from the military, but I was in Junction City, Kansas from about 4th grade to 9th. I have  2 siblings, a sister and a brother, both younger than me. Growing up, I was always happy, always in  church and then football came into play.       

2.(SESM) You just completed your senior season. You have offers. What is the next step for you as a football player? 

(RAKEEM)  Next step for me will be to decide where I want to play for the next 4 years. I know I’m good enough to make some noise at the next level.       

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Defensive Lineman?  

(RAKEEM)  One of my strengths as a DL would definitely be my quickness off the ball. Many coaches have told me that my first step is really quick and that helps with how good my hands are too. Mentally, I’m always going against bigger OL and it never has phased me because I know what I’m capable of and I will cook you. I don’t care how big you are or how many stars you have or who offered you, I promise you’re going to get this work and I will be in the backfield.     

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(RAKEEM)  I’ve always played football. I started with flag football, then when I was old enough, I moved up to  tackle. I’ve just always loved the sport. No matter what position I've played growing up, I just wanted to play football 24/7.    

5.(SESM) I've read your Bio. You have a 3.4 GPA and scored a 19 on the ACT Exam. Academically, you are prepared for next level. I applaud you for these accomplishments, but, how are you physically preparing for the next level of your football career?  

(RAKEEM)  Thank you, I’ve linked up with a few of my past teammates who played DL and worked out with them and got some good techniques and moves that they work on at the next level. Giving me a little peek at what the competition is like a the next level.        

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(RAKEEM)  I’ve got a couple like a Clelin Ferrel, Oshane Ximines and Bookie      

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(RAKEEM)  I would say Aaron Donald, I watch his highlights and I kinda steal his pass rush moves.         

8.(SESM) You don't have to name schools if you don't want to, but how many schools do you have to choose from and when are you going to announce it?

(RAKEEM)  I’m thankful for all the schools who offered me but it’s come down to really about 3 schools and I don’t know yet if I plan on announcing my commitment or making it a surprise on NSD.    

 9.(SESM)  Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or have your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(RAKEEM)  Really it could be both... but if I had to choose it’d be my defense against any offense in the scenario. My defense has been straight up dawgs for the past two years and this year we were ranked the #1 defense in our state for a little while. Shoutout DARKSIDE. Our run defense was just too much for offenses this year with us giving up 1 rushing TD through about Week 8. Our pass defense was nice too as our DL was causing havoc in the backfield at all times! Overall our defense was just too much for any offense period.     

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. Who is RAKEEM B. SAVUSA?

(RAKEEM)  Rakeem is the nicest person you’ll know off the field, funny and always in a good mood. I’m also a real guy like I’m not gonna tell you what you wanna hear but Im gonna tell you the truth. 

   

Donavan Strickland 

 Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

 Southaven, Mississippi 38671 

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 27, 2019

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QUINTARIUS CHAPMAN, WR #83 (6'3"/210 lbs C/O 2020)

BRADWELL INSTITUTE, HINESVILLE, GEORGIA

1.(SESM) Provide us with some background of your early life growing up? 

(Quintarius) I was born in Texas. Growing up, I moved around a lot. I was raised in Georgia. I have an older sister that ran track for the University of Georgia. I started playing football in the 7th grade. I didn't expect to like football, because my main focus was basketball and track. I am now a three sport student athlete.      

2.(SESM) What should fans expect from you during your senior year? 

(Quintarius)  Well, they should expect me to bring my 'A' GAME on every single snap of the ball and lead us to a state championship.     

3.(SESM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a wide receiver?  

(Quintarius) My strengths are deep balls and being physical coming off the line. Mentally, every ball that goes in the air is MINE!!! I don’t care how high the pass is, nor how terrible the pass is thrown at me, it's my job as a wide out to come down with the ball.    

4.(SESM) What motivated you to play football? 

(Quintarius)  The fact that I can do something to help my family. My grandparents made a lot of sacrifices for me to be where I am today and I feel like I owe them and something I love can help me give back.  

5.(SESM) How are you preparing during the off season?  

(Quintarius)  I lift weights and do drills that keep me  from being lazy.      

6.(SESM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(Quintarius)  Odell Beckham  Jr.   

7.(SESM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(Quintarius)  I think I play like A.J. Green or Julio Jones.       

8.(SESM) Describe what the feeling or bond of you and your teammates is like for you?

(Quintarius)   We  have a strong brotherhood and we all look out for each other no matter what. We turn up together. We grind together and in games, WE EAT TOGETHER!!!    

 9.(SESM)  Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes to go or watch your defense go against the opposing offense in the same scenario? Why?  

(Quintarius)  I would want us  to have the ball at our own 20 because even though we got some head hunters on defense, our offense is filled with RPOs and a great tempo. I know with the playmakers we have overall, we would get in the end zone easily.   

10.(SESM) Tell the readers who you are as a person off the field. Who is QUINTARIUS CHAPMAN?

(Quintarius) I’m a well educated young man. I come from a great home and I love to help people on an off the field. I’m a great at giving good advice to people and I just like seeing everyone succeed in life.   


Donavan Strickland 

 Strickly Elite Sports Magazine

 Southaven, Mississippi 38671 

donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com

JANUARY 26, 2019

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LANDON HARRIS, WR/DB #14 (5'10"/165 lbs. C/O 2020)

TRI-COUNTY ACADEMY, FLORA, MISSISSIPPI

1.(SEMSM) Provide some background of your early life. What was it like for you growing up? 

(LANDON)  I was raised in a Christian family that had good moral beliefs. During the week, I would attend school. On Sundays i would go to church then come home and play football with kids in the neighborhood. Just your typical kid. Nothing special.     

2.(SEMSM) What are your expectations for next season? 

(LANDON)  My main goal is to take my team to state and get our title back. Being a senior, I want to set an example for all the kids who look up to me. I don’t really care about how many touchdowns I score, how many passes I will catch or any of that. I just want to give back to my coaches and this community that has believed in and helped me the whole way. It’s pretty simple... I expect to win.   

 3.(SEMSM)  What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a RB?  

(LANDON)  Physically, I think I’m more prepared than any of our opponents simply because I’ve put in the work. But there’s always room for improvement. I learned a lot last season that i hope to apply next year. I think my greatest mental aspect is that drive and determination that every athlete at Tri County has. The ability to not know what “quit” means, It’s something I’ve been taught ever since I’ve been here and is one thing I hope i never lose.     

4.(SEMSM) What motivated you to play football? 

(LANDON)  Not to sound cocky, but it was the sport that came easiest to me. Plus, my dad and his dad played football in college so I figured I couldn’t break the tradition.  

5.(SEMSM) What schools do you feel are perfect for your skill set?  

(LANDON)  It’s always been my dream to play D1, but I’ll take the best choice of the opportunities given.     

6.(SEMSM) Who is your favorite football player? 

(LANDON)  Julian Edelman.    

7.(SEMSM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 

(LANDON)  Julian Edelman again. That’s why I like him so much. He has that same drive and his life story is very inspirational. He kept going when nobody believed in him.      

8.(SEMSM) Describe the feeling you have being a part of your team at TRI-COUNTY ACADEMY.

(LANDON)  I honestly feel blessed. If I wouldn’t have come to Tri County I don’t think I would be anywhere near the athlete I am today. And the love I have for my teammates and the coaching staff is indescribable. I’m truly thankful for these people God has put in my life.  

9.(SEMSM)  Would you rather your opponent have the ball at your own 20 yard line down five points with four minutes to go with your defense on the field to stop them or watch your offense go against the opposing defense in the same scenario? Why?  

(LANDON)  I’d rather have our offense on the field because I know without a doubt that we could get a easy six. I trust our coaches and know they will call the right plays.     

10.(SEMSM) Describe yourself as a person off the field. 

(LANDON)  I feel that as being someone that people look up to, my actions off the field are just as important, if not more, as they are on the field. I continue to strive to help my team and set an example to those behind me. Football is year round for me. When I’m not going to war with my brothers, I’m getting physically and mentally better.      


Donavan Strickland | SEMSM

 Southaven, Mississippi 38671 

 donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com 

DECEMBER 15, 2018

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ZAVIER MILLER, RB #1 (5'9"/170 lbs. C/O 2020)

KOSCIUSKO HIGH SCHOOL, KOSCIUSKO, MISSISSIPPI

 

1.(SEMSM) Provide some background of your early life. What was it like for you growing up? 


(ZAVIER) I was born and raised in Kosciusko. I grew up playing football and I mainly wanted to play because my cousins played. I loved playing baseball also, but football just took over and I loved it.  

        

2.(SEMSM) What are your expectations for next season? 


(ZAVIER)  To enjoy my senior season, continue to work hard and be a leader for my team. I also want to get past the 1st Round of the playoffs. 


3.(SEMSM) What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a RB? 


(ZAVIER) Physically would be my speed and  footwork and mentally would be my determination!!!     


4.(SEMSM) What motivated you to play football? 


(ZAVIER)  My family played a major role. We are a sports family.   


5.(SEMSM) What schools do you feel are perfect for your skill set? 


(ZAVIER)  Honestly, I feel like there are no specific schools. I'm just looking for an opportunity to play at the next level and be an asset for whichever team gives me that chance.     

 

6.(SEMSM) Who is your favorite football player? 


(ZAVIER)  Tavon Austin   

  

7.(SEMSM) Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA? 


(ZAVIER)  I love Tavon Austin, because of his versatility, you can line him up anywhere and he can hurt you. 

      

8.(SEMSM) Describe the feeling you have being a part of your team at KOSIUSKO HIGH SCHOOL.


(ZAVIER)  Being apart of a team is the ultimate prize, because you can  hold your teammates accountable. 


 9.(SEMSM) Would you rather your opponent have the ball at your own 20 yard line down five points with four minutes to go with your defense on the field to stop them or watch your offense go against the opposing defense in the same scenario? Why? 


(ZAVIER)  We have a great defense, but being the leader that I feel like I am, GIVE ME THE BALL!!!! In tough situations, I just feel more comfortable...

   

10.(SEMSM) Describe yourself as a person off the field. 


(ZAVIER)  I'm laid back. I  love to have fun... I love to hunt and fish!!!

     

Donavan Strickland | SEMSM

 Southaven, Mississippi 38671 

 donavan.strickland@stricklyelite.com 

DECEMBER 15, 2018