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AHMIR TAYLOR #34, DE, C/O 2021, 6'1"/233LBS., GPA: 3.6

STARKVILLE HIGH SCHOOL YELLOWJACKETS, STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

SESM: What is it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, youngest or only child? 

Growing up wasn’t hard, but it wasn't easy. My parents made sure I had what I needed, but still made me work for what I wanted. I have an older sister. I’m the youngest in the family. 

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Defensive End? 

My strengths are speed and power physically, but mentally my strengths are processing plays quickly and not getting frustrated.

SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #34)? 

I had 34 since I was playing peewee football and it stuck with me.

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

I pray before the games and listen to my music.

SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember? 

Trust the process.

SESM: Please tell the readers all about your summer camp training and visits.  

I have been to IMG for a camp and it was great!!! I finished in the Top 10 of D-Linemen. I attended the Memphis Mega Camp and that’s when Arkansas State started watching me. A few weeks later, Arkansas State invited me to visit and they showed me lots of love.

SESM: What would you change if you could replay the 2018 season?  

I had a few injuries that slowed my development, but now I’m back better than ever and ready for a great season.

SESM: How do you want your team mates to remember you? 

A team player, hard worker and will push everyone around me to be better.

SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

My motivation is to see how far I can  push myself and see myself at the next level.

SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

Khalil Mack, he is a great player.

SESM: Which player would you compare your style of play to in NFL or NCAA? 

Montez Sweat, he is explosive and powerful.

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? 

Defense, because I trust that we can stop the run, the pass and have the ability to score.

SESM: If you didn't play football, what sport would you be playing?  

I would be a boxer because I love the aggressiveness and boxing shows you what you are made of tests your mentality.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you the person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Ahmir Taylor the person? 

I am a person that always smiles and is happy off the field. I would like to study in the field of agriculture. 

SUMMER EDITION INTERVIEWS

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NICHOLAS LEBRIA #21, QB (5'10"/150lbs.), C/O 2023, TOMS RIVER NORTH HIGH SCHOOL, TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY

1. SESM: What is it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, youngest or only child? 

 It’s been good growing up. My parents moved from Elizabeth, NJ to Toms River, NJ once I was born to give me a better life. I have an older stepsister and a younger brother. 

2. SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback? 

Mentally I zone out. I know what has to be done and where the ball needs to go. Physically I train as often as I can. 

3. SESM: Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear 21)? 

No significance. It was actually given to me by accident. I had asked for 88 on the little league team but received 21. I stuck with it ever since. 

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

 It’s both a very terrifying and exciting feeling. I know that a lot falls on my shoulders. The ball won’t move itself. It’s an amazing feeling when it lands perfectly in the pocket. I know there are mess ups, fumbles, and sacks. But to know that I can run out to my team and instruct them where to go makes me feel like I know how to do my job.

5. SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

Every morning before a game I meet up with my trainer and prepare my arm. Funny as it sounds I then listen to “back in black” by AC/DC to pump me up. I tell myself that the team I am about to face is the best in the league and I must dominate.

6. SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember? 

 For a few years I was never given the chance to play QB because of daddy ball. When I was finally asked, Coach Drew told me to make sure that I never underestimate how talented I can be if I put 150% in at every game. 

7. SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you? 

 As a team player and as someone who had their back on and off the field. Someone that tried their best to get the job done each and every game. And as “cutie pie”. Coach Drew gave that name. 

8. SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

My family. My mom is one of the biggest sports freaks around. I loved watching football on tv with her and knew that I could be “that guy” someday. I have been playing tackle football since I was 7. 

9. SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

Peyton Manning 

10. SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA? 

Trevor Lawrence 

11. SESM: Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes left, driving for the win, or would you rather have your defense on the field, in the same scenario, against the opposing team's offense? Why? 

I would rather my offense on the 20 because my line to block for me all day long. I can count on my WR to catch the ball for a TD. 

12. SESM: Describe yourself as a person, off the field. Tell us about the person, not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Nicholas Lebria? 

My mom calls me a clam. It’s hard to for me to open up. I don’t let things bother me. I am a very non confrontational person. I am shy around people until I get to know them. I have a big heart when it comes to animals. I am not the smartest kid in class but I won’t ever quit or give up. I try every day to be a better person than I was yesterday.  When I’m playing I feel alive. I want to go to either LSU or Virginia Tech. 

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TYLER ARONSON #1, QB (6'/170lbs.) C/O 2024, PALM BEACH DAY ACADEMY, PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA

 1. SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest? 

I had a good childhood I have 2 younger siblings and I’m the oldest. 

2. SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback? 

I’m 6' and I have a strong arm. I’m confident in myself when I make throws.I study the game and I understand different defenses very well. 

3. SESM: Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #1)? 

I’ve been wearing for almost every football season and I haven’t it changed since then. Cam Newton wears it too and I look up to him.

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

It takes a look of focus and responsibility but I like that because I know that I control the ball on offense so I stay calm and do my job and help my teammates. 

5. SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

I listen to music on the way to the game I also make sure I stay calm and realize that I have to do my job and I can’t control anybody else. I also make sure I stretch and warm up so I’m loose when the game starts. 

6. SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember? 

All your teammates follow after your actions so be a good role model. 

7. SESM: How did you stay motivated after losing a game? 

I’ve only lost two tackle football games since I’ve been 7 years old but I remember to tell myself that I can only learn from losing. 

8. SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you? 

I want them to remember me as a leader but also as a great person and having a big impact on the team. 

9. SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

I’ve always enjoyed playing it since I was young. I also realized it was the sport I was best at. 

10. SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

Trevor Lawrence and Patrick Mahomes. 

11. SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA? 

I would compare my style of play to Trevor Lawrence because he has a very strong arm and can run when he needs too. 

12.SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season? 

I would have tried to be a better leader even though I was a leader I could’ve improved. 

13. SESM: What was the most important game you played? Why? 

 My first national championship game we were down by two points with 28 seconds left and I threw a td pass to win. It helped me perform well under pressure. 

14. 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? 

I would want the ball so I could go down and score and put pressure on the other team. 

15. SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. Your educational goals, career goals. What do you want people to know about Tyler Aronson the person.

 I want them to know me as a good person I spend a lot of time with my family and I’m good student. I want them to think of me as more than just a good athlete but a leader even outside of sports and I want to influence other people. 

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ELIJAH FIELDS #23, RB/DE (5'11"/205LBS.), LEGACY SCHOOL OF SPORTS SCIENCE, HOUSTON, TEXAS

 1. SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? 

 It wasn’t perfect but it was something I’ll never forget. 

 2. SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a football player? 

 My strengths as a football player are my power and versatility. Mentally, I’m always ready for what’s going to be on the other side of the ball and go into a game with a kill first mentality. 

 3. SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

 Before every game I’ll get some grass and spread it out where ever I’m at on the field.

 4. SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember?

  That hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard

 ~ Coach McDaniel~

  5. SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you? 

 As a person that always pushed them to do better and to work like today is there last day.

 6. SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season? 

 I would change the attitude that was given towards the end of the season when we were down.

  7. SESM: If you didn’t play football, what sport would you like to play? Why? 

 Basketball, because when I play basketball it makes me feel like I’m still staying healthy and it keeps me mentally focus for any sport's related situation.

  8. SESM: What has football taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life? 

 Everything isn’t given to you. Some things you are privileged to have, so don’t take things for granted.

  9. SESM: What is your fondest memory of this past season? 

 Winning the championship in a fight knowing my team did not give up even when we were down.

  10. SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

 The way I saw my uncle bounce back from a career ending injury he had as a Long Horn, to come back and work with the kids and start his own league.

 11. SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

 Khalil Mack 

 12. SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA? 

 Shaquem Griffin 

 13. SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #23)? 

 There really is not a significant reason it. It was just a good number to wear.

  14. SESM: Would you rather have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes left, driving for the win, or would you rather have your defense on the field, in the same scenario, against the opposing team's offense? Why? 

 Defense,  because I honestly trust my defense enough to stop anybody on the field. No one is getting past us.

  15. SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about the person and not the athlete. What are your educational goals/career goals? What do you want people to know about Elijah Fields? 

 I am a person that always works on my grades to fulfill my goal to become a architect if sports doesn’t work. I want people to know me as a smart, independent young man who was serious about his dreams. 

SUMMER EDITION INTERVIEWS

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CJ BROOKS #3, QB (5'9"/145lbs.), OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL, ORLANDO, FLORIDA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest?

I grew up in a very stable two parent household. I have two sisters and a nephew. K-Lin is 26 and Madison is 6. My nephew Jameson turns 1 on June 1st.

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a quarterback?

Physically, I am a pro style QB that can move the pocket very well to get field vision, who doesn't run too much. I prefer to get the ball to my play makers, but I will run if I have to. Mentally, I can read defensive coverages really well, and can make adjustments on pre snap reads.

SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #3)?

The reason I wear #3 is because on the first day of summer workouts, everyone thought I looked like Russell Wilson. When I threw the ball, all of the players told me that it was me, so it kind of stuck with me.

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

It's a big role to play, knowing that you have to set an example for all of your teammates by doing the right thing on and off the field. Also, knowing where everyone needs to be on the field is kind of like being a coach out there. Having the team depend on you is a great feeling.

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

Before every game, I go to everyone, dap them up and make sure that they are ready and focused for the game.

SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember?

My quarterback coach, Derrick Abbott told me, "When a situation gets hard, you can't fold when you are the leader, because everyone follows your reaction and emotion".

SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

I want to be remembered as a team player that always led by example, both on and off the field.

SESM: What motivated you to play football?

My family and friends all over the country, my teammates and my coaches. I want to be the best player for them that I can be and make them proud.

SESM: Who is your favorite football player?

Peyton Manning! Even though I am compared to Russell, Peyton is the G.O.A.T in my eyes.

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA?

Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. They both move the pocket to get better field vision, and will run if they have to. I learned that from a young age, and I do it as much as I can.

SESM: Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes left, driving for the win, or would you rather have your defense on the field, in the same scenario, against the opposing team's offense? Why?

I would rather have the ball, because I was in this situation in the AAU National Semi-final game. We drove 99 yards in the last few minutes to win the game.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person, off the field. Tell us about the person, not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about CJ Brooks?

Off the field, I try to be a role model/leader in the class room. In college, I plan to study either Bio Med or Marine Biology. My career goal is to one day study marine life in the Florida Keys or Bahamas. I want people to know that I am a hard worker and strive to be the best that I can in everything that I do.

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CJ FRANKLIN #1, QB (5'6"/135lbs.) C/O 2025, BAY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL, GRAYSON, GEORGIA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest if not an only child? Give us a little background about yourself. 

I am the oldest child. I have a little sister. I am growing up with my mom who is helping me obtain my goals.  I play for the Grayson Rams Youth Association which is a feeder program into Grayson High School Football. 

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback? 

 My strengths are reading coverages, accuracy, leadership.  Physically, I have great arm strength, height and hand size which is good to grip ball because I throw a high school ball.

SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #1)?

Yes because Cam Newton and Justin Fields are my 2 favorite quarterbacks. I wear number 1 because I am the leader on the field.

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

I listen to music, warming up my arm and throwing to my receivers before the game.

SESM: Please tell the readers all about the summer camp training you have planned. 

I train 4-5 days out of week with my QB coach, speed and strength trainers. I have session where I'm preparing myself for high school by throwing routes to high schools receivers weekly. This spring, I was on two 7v7 squads. I played QB for a high school 15u team and always for a 13u team. I will attend a couple more college camps this month and then get ready for my 7th grade football season.  I also attend classes where I’m gaining more knowledge on reading defenses.

SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season? 

Honestly,  we had a perfect season going 12-0 and winning the championship. I want to make sure I am more vocal on field and making sure my guys trust me. 

SESM: How do you want your team mates to remember you? 

As a leader, someone who gave their all on the football field. Also as someone who can motivate them to give their best especially in crunch situation. 

SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

My mother signed me up when I was 6. From that point, she encouraged me to stick with it and from there I fell  in with it. 

SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

Cam Newton 

SESM: Which player would you compare your style of play to in NFL or NCAA? 

DeWayne Haskins 

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? 

I would rather be on my own 20 yard line because I know that when the ball is in my hands, I can control the clock. I feel I can make the play happen.

SESM: If you didn't play football, what sport would you be playing? 

Baseball and Basketball. Actually baseball is in the very near future. I will play after my season is over. 

SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you the person and not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about CJ Franklin the person? 

I’m a laid back and easy going guy. I enjoy hanging with my friends playing my video game, going outside and going skating, amusement parks, bowling, and traveling to different places. I work hard in school everyday and I am on the honor roll. I want to become a NFL quarterback and I want to be a Architect and real estate investor. I want to go to a power 5 school that is big on education as well as football. I want to obtain my Masters Degree and I want a program that will offer that as well. I enjoy playing sports as it is an outlet as well. I'm the good guy that a lot of people like on and off the field. 

SUMMER EDITION INTERVIEWS

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GAVIN MARSHALEK #12, QB (5'3"/105lbs), SHIKELLAMY MIDDLE SCHOOL, SUNBURY, PENNSYLVANIA

 

1. SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest? 

It’s really fun! I get to go to lots of football camps and family vacations, and I’m the oldest of me and my sister. I live at home with my mom, dad, my little sister Peyton and 2 dogs. 

2. SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback? 

My strengths are strong arm with the ability to drive passes into tight spots. My accuracy is my best attribute. I make many quick reads and a good leader that talks my team up and keeps them positive. Mentally I understand the coverages pre-snap and try to anticipate the defense. I can also process information quickly. 

3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #12)?

I wear the jersey number 12 because when I play I think like Tom Brady. I say this because I say to myself I’m gonna take my team down the field and score, and Tom Brady is also my favorite player. 

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

Being a leader to me means that I try to keep the team positive, keep them focused in practice and in games, and not let the get to high or too low after a certain play. 

5. SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers? 

Mainly before every game I try to stay as focused as possible on going out there and serving my team. While I warm up I always listen to music because it gets me really pumped up before my games. 

6. SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember? 

Actually, while I was at Old Dominion Coach Whitcomb, the quarterback coach at Old Dominion, told me “Be your own quarterback coach. Play how you feel you perform best to help your team.” That will be advice that will stick with me all throughout my football career. 

7. SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you? 

I want my teammates to remember me as a leader and someone who will always be there to help them get better, a good player, and someone that will always be willing to help the team improve no matter the cost. 

8. SESM: Tell the readers all about the camps of summer training you have planned. 

I just finished up my 7v7 league and have attended NextGen TB12 Challenge, Old Dominion University Quarterback Camp. I have weekly workouts with Vaportrail 24/7 and Quarterback Factory. In June I will be attending Football University NJ and Flight School with Quincey Avery in Georgia. In July I will be attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy in Canton, Ohio. I was also selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Pennsylvania Team in November or December. 

9. SESM: What motivated you to play football? 

I began playing flag football in 3rd grade and that’s when I fell in love with the game and everything took off from there.

10. SESM: Who is your favorite football player? 

Tom Brady is my favorite player because I love his play style and try to play like him as much as possible. 

11. SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA?  

Jake Fromm from Georgia because just like me he throws the ball a ton but runs when he has to. 

12. SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season? 

I would’ve liked to score more points in the game and have more passing touchdowns and yards. 

13. 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? 

I want the ball for the win because I love being in situations like that where the game is my hands and I can lead them into the the end zone. 

14. SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. Your educational goals, career goals. What do you want people to know about Gavin Marshalek the person. 

I want them to know me as a nice, funny, and easy going person that enjoys life. I’m just like every kid daily that has fun. I have a 4.0 GPA and my grades are very important to me and so are my video games and having fun with my friends. I would love to be an NFL player, but if that don’t work out than I would love to be a very fun teacher that kids get excited to have. 

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KNOX DYSON #12, QB, (6'0"/170lbs.), TAHLEQUAH MIDDLE SCHOOL, TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest?

My life has been pretty good so far. I have a very supportive family. They all love football. I'm 13 and the oldest child. I have a little sister who's 8. 

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback?

Physically, I’m bigger than most of the kids I play against. I'm one of the strongest and quickest players on the field. Mentally, I am a quick thinker. I love to out wit my opponents. I'm an analytical thinker who visualizes play development. I will out work and out think my opponents.

SESM: What number do you wear and is there any significance to that number?

I wore #12 last year, but I'm going to change to #3 next year. It's a rare number for quarterbacks.

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

I have to be assertive in my knowledge of the other positions jobs and communicate my expectation to the team clearly. I lead with calm confidence.

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

Ha! I do. I usually enjoy a bag of cherry Twizzlers and talk with teammates.

SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember?

Beyond the mechanic throwing motion advice, my coach reminds me to play with a sense of urgency.

SESM: How did you stay motivated after losing a game?

I hate to lose, so I'm motivated to think about future games and prepare for the next game. Forward thinking,

learn from mistakes, and make continual progress towards my goals.

SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

As a leader who doesn’t quit and always puts the team first in order to win.

SESM: What motivated you to play football?

I come from a long line of football players. I have grown up watching OU and Alabama football. My great uncles played for the University of Alabama, and we have had several family members at various Division 1 schools. So the short answer is, it’s just in my blood. I also like the mental aspect of quarterbacking. I love reading defenses and figuring out ways to beat them.

SESM: Who is your favorite football player?

Baker Mayfield.

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA?

Trevor Lawrence with shorter hair. He has good throwing mechanics, he’s tall, can run, and sit in the pocket and pick defenses apart.

SESM: Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes left, driving for the win, or would you rather have your defense on the field, in the same scenario, against the opposing team's offense? Why?

I want the ball in my hands in the critical parts of the games. I want to score.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person, off the field. Tell us about the person, not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Knox Dyson?

Looking forward to it, and I really appreciate your interest.

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WYATT COSTLEY #65, ATH (6'2"/200lbs.) PAULDING COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, DALLAS, GEORGIA

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest?

Growing up for me was pretty normal. I was very blessed to have both my parents support me in everything I did. They push me to do my best at everything I do, from school to sports, and every other aspect of life. I have a little sister and our parents encouraged her in the same way.

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a football player?

I would say my strengths would be my effort. I am constantly trying to better myself in every aspect of the game. I feel if I’m not working, someone else is, and I refuse to be outworked! I strive to be the player that is still going just as hard in the fourth quarter, as I did in the first!

SESM: Is there any significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #65)?

Well to tell the truth, nothing! I wanted to wear #46 because that is what I wore in baseball and football as a kid. My father wore that number and it gave me a sense of pride. It was like a legacy to live up to. I had to wear #65 as an offensive lineman, and this year I will wear #9. It's tradition on our team for tight ends to wear #9.

SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

For home games I go onto the field, alone with my headphones on and stretch. When I’m done stretching I sit in the far end zone, where it's most quiet, and try to imagine the game. I imagine me in front of my opponent, destroying him over and over and over. No matter what, one thing I must have for every game, is a pack of original skittles. I love my skittles!

SESM: What are your college plans? What career goals are you interested in?

Lord willing, I plan to attend college and continue my football career. My goal is to try and earn a spot on a NFL roster and use my game checks to take care of my family. If not, I will still attend college and study business management in order to start my own business.

SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember?

"You might not always be the most talented, strongest, or fastest, but you can be the hardest worker. So go out, bust your tail and out work everyone!" -Coach P

SESM: How do you prepare for the next level of your football career?

I try to prepare myself for the next level by just working hard on and off the field. There are days I practice with quarterbacks before school, then go to school and practice with the team, and after practice I'll go workout. I refuse to be outworked!

SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season?

Leadership. I wish I could go back and take a bigger leadership role and get my teammates to play together. We are much stronger together, as opposed to a guy playing for himself.

SESM: How did you stay motivated after losing a game?

When I started playing football, I played on a team that never lost. It was great! Nothing can compare to the feeling of being number one. As I grew out of that organization and moved on the feeder team for my high school, I experienced loses here and there. I continue to chase that feeling of being number one.

SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

I want to be remembered as the guy that strived for perfection in everything he did. As my coach tells me, the details matter.

SESM: What motivated you to play football?

The stories my father would tell me as a kid of him making big hits. The final shove for me had to be the movie, “Remember the Titans”! I loved that movie as a kid, and to see those guy make big plays inspired me.

SESM: Who is your favorite football player?

J.J. Watt all the way! I love every aspect of his play style, from his controlled aggression to his nonstop motor. I also admire the man he is off of the field. He's always helping out in the community and taking care of people. I aspire to be relatable to him one day!

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA?

J.J. Watt. I pride myself on being a versatile athlete like him. J.J. has the ability to sack a quarterback one play, then go out and catch a touchdown pass as a fullback on the next! I model my defensive and offensive play after him.

SESM: Would you rather your offense have the ball at your own 20 yard line, down five points with four minutes left, driving for the win, or would you rather have your defense on the field, in the same scenario, against the opposing team's offense? Why?

Honestly, either way! I trust our defense, whole heartedly, to make a big stop or even score points of their own, like they have in the past. I also have faith in our offense to score. Either way, I know we have the power to come out on top in that scenario.

SESM: Describe yourself as a person, off the field. Tell us about the person, not the athlete. What are your educational/career goals? What do you want people to know about Wyatt Costley?

I was raised by my parents to be courteous and respectful. I enjoy working out with friends, as well as playing the occasional Madden video game. I have won the Character Kid Award for helping out kids in the community, and I have be inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars. I hope to graduate college as an honors student, as well as a respected athlete! I want to take care of my family and retire my parents so they never have to work again!

SUMMER EDITION INTERVIEWS

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ZY McDONALD #3, QB, RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI, 5'10"/ 180LBS.

  

1. Provide some background of your early life. What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest if not an only child?

I am the oldest of 5 siblings. Growing up, I was always involved in sports whether it was soccer, baseball, basketball or football. I just loved football the most because of my dad and uncles who played the game and I’ve always wanted to follow in there foot steps.

2. What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback?

I feel that my strengths physically are that I have a good arm I can make any throw on the field and I can run if I have to. Mentally, my strengths are staying level headed and calm under any circumstances.

3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #3)?

I wear the number 3 because of my dad. He’s taught me everything I know about the game and he’s the reason I’m in the position I’m in today.

5. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

Before games I usually just listen to music and talk to my dad.

6. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember?

Just to stay focused on my books, GOD, my goals and the team goals.

7. What major are you thinking about majoring in college?

I’m thinking about majoring in business in college.

8. What would you change if you could replay the season?

If I could replay this season, I would like to change the last game of the so we could’ve made the playoffs.

9. How did you stay motivated after losing a game?

Just looked forward to playing the next opponent I couldn’t change the past so I just look for things to fix before the next game so I could be prepared.

10. How do you want your team mates to remember you?

I want my teammates to remember me as a hardworking leader that would do anything for us to win.

11. What motivated you to play football?

I’ve just always had a love for the game.

12. Who is your favorite football player?

Russell Wilson

13. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA?

Probably, Russell Wilson.

14. 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?

I would rather have the ball in my hands because I’ve been in that situation before and I know with the o-line and weapons we have on offense we could go down and get a touchdown.

15. Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. Your educational goals, career goals. What do you want people to know about Zy McDonald the person?

Off the field, I am a smart, quiet, chill person that loves to help people. My academic goals are to be in the top 10 in my class by the time of graduation and have academic scholarships as well as athletic ones. My career goals are to be successful as possible put my family in the best situation so they won’t have to worry about anything in the future. I want to people to remember Zy McDonald as a intelligent, kind, loving person who wants to make a difference in the world.

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JOEL JOHNSON #32, OLB, WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

  

1. Provide some background of your early life. What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest, middle or youngest if not an only child?

I was born in Walterboro, SC. I am the middle of 3 kids, an older brother and a younger sister i really didn’t have much growing up and my mom had to move up to Columbia due to a divorce but she worked hard and made sure ends met she always tells me to put 100% into to everything I do and I just work hard everyday for her I want to be able to help her 10 times as much as she helped me.

2. What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as an Outside Linebacker?

Physically my strengths are I am a very agile and fast player I attack the ball every down every play mentally I tell me self every game this man in front of me is not going to stop me from winning and I am a leader in my teams defense and a head hunter my read and react is very fast and I want to still get better and try to get better every day.

3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why do you wear #32)?

I have 3 siblings and I am the 2nd child and I admire Tyrann Mathieu by the way he hits and the way he attacks the ball.

4. Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

Before every game I talk with my teammates and see how and what they are going to do this game and I watch highlights of Ray Lewis and get a good stretch while listening to music.

5. What would you change if you could replay the 2018 season?

If I could replay the 2018 season I would change the way I treated some teammates after plays do less blaming.

6. What was the most important game you played? Why?

It was my 3rd game of my freshman season I jammed my hang and fractured it during a game we were up by a touchdown and they were in the red zone my coach asked my was I able to play I told he yes sir and he put me in the game I realized how much I loved the game I was even thinking about my hand I just wanted to make sure the didn’t get in the end zone.

7. If you didn’t play football, what sport would you like to play? why?

If I didn’t play football i would like to play basketball because I feel like my leadership and speed and defense would make a great point guard.

8. In what area do you feel you've improved the most?

My tackling and aggressiveness.

9. What advice has the coach given you that you'll always remember?

To never be the reason the offense scores.

10. How do you want your team mates to remember you?

As a leader and as a great brother and a person to have fun on the field with.

11. What motivated you to play football?

It was something that I could do to kill time and it was somewhere I could relive stress and just have fun.

12. Who is your favorite football player?

Ray Lewis

13. Who would you compare your style of play to in the NFL or NCAA?

Von Miller

14. 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?

My defense going against the opposing team because I have faith in my defense and I know if everyone does their job we can make a stop and the chemistry that me and my team have we wouldn’t want to let each other down.

15. Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. Your educational goals, career goals. What do you want people to know about Joel Johnson?

I am a cello player I play for people every month and am I leader in the school I help who needs to be helped i am a respectful gentleman I want to have a 3.8 GPA or higher when I leave high school I want to play college ball and be able to support my future family I am a drum player at my church and I enjoy helping the elderly and just volunteering in my community I want people to know that I am the next all around athlete and I’m going to wake up the world about Columbia athletes.

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TERIAN WILLIAMS II #9, QB, PARKVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, LILBURN, GEORGIA

  

1. SESM: What was it like for you growing up? How many siblings? Are you the oldest child, the middle, or the youngest?

Growing up academics was something that was always pushed in my house. I was always held responsible for my actions, and I had to work for everything that was given to me. I have 2 sisters and I am the middle child.

2. SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a Quarterback?

As a quarterback I feel that my strengths consist of my ability to read defenses quickly and be able to audible based off there alignment and physical would be the way I can extend plays with my feet.

3. Is there a particular significance to your jersey number (Why did you wear #9)?

There is 9 reasons why I’m better than the person across from me.

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

Being the leader of the team holds a big role. The team will look up to me in the good and the bad times. The flow of the game is based off how I’m playing.

5. SESM: Do you have a pregame ritual that you do before every game? If so, will you share with the readers?

Before every game I will eat blue ‘mike n ikes’ and right before game time I will txt my parents and tell them I appreciate them.

6. SESM: What advice has a coach given you that you'll always remember?

To always be patient, and let the game come to you and play your ball. That’s when you play your best.

7. SESM: How do you want your teammates to remember you?

I want my teammates to remember me as a team player. We have a brotherhood and I want them to remember we can always trust in each other on and off the field.

8. SESM: Tell the readers all about the camps of summer training you have planned.

This summer I will be grinding and getting better everyday. I have a variety of college camps I will be attending on the weekends starting with Georgia Tech on 5/26 and ending with NC State on 6/22. I will also be doing QB training with Coach Earls at GSP and DB training with Coach Ford at 'I Dare You'. I will be getting strength and conditioning work in with Coach D Smith and Coach Ben, and of course I will be with my team throughout the summer getting ready for the season.

9. SESM: Tell us about some of the offers that you have received that's in line with what you plan to major in your academic studies at the next level.

Currently, I have offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Howard University. I’m very blessed to have those and will continue to work hard. I plan to major in engineering. Have not decided which specific field yet. Also I will start dual enrollment my junior year to help with the process.

10. SESM: What motivated you to play football?

Funny story. When I first started playing football my dad snuck me out there with out my mom knowing because she was cautious about the injuries and things like that. Ever since then I haven’t stopped playing. It’s helping to pave the way for my college so no reason to stop now.

11. SESM: Who is your favorite football player?

Deshaun Watson. The way he controls the game is crazy. You would think he was playing the video game. Everything looks so calm for him even in tough situations.

12. SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, NFL or NCAA?

On the offensive side I would compare my game to a Michael Vick. Most people say the way we escape the pocket and use are feet is identical. On the Defensive side I would compare my style to Richard Sherman. He uses his mind more than his body at the CB position. He is very smart on the field and identifies QB tendencies.

13. SESM: What would you change if you could replay the season?

I wouldn’t really change anything. Everything happens for a reason and I have learned off my mistakes. 1 thing going into the next season I will work on is my patience in the pocket however.

14. 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?

Either scenario. Both sides of the ball my team dominates everyday. The offense will drive down and score and the defense will come together and make a stand. We trust in each other.

15. SESM: Describe yourself as a person off the field. Tell us about you as a person and not the athlete. How you are daily. Your educational goals, career goals. What do you want people to know about Terian Williams II the person.

Off the field I would say I’m the same person. I’m a leader in the classroom and respectful to the people around me. Most of the time when teachers describe me they will say this is the type of guy I want my daughter to marry. Career wise I want football to take me as far as it can and go from there with engineering. Then as I get older I would like to give back to younger players with the knowledge I would have gained over the years.

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JADEN JAMES #1, 5'7"/145lbs. C/O 2020

STARKVILLE HIGH SCHOOL YELLOWJACKETS, STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? 

(JADEN) I was adopted at a young age by my grandparents. My mom was in a lot of trouble back then. I recently found out who my biological dad was. It was tough growing up, but I managed to make it through it all. I feel my grandparents did a wonderful job. I’m very thankful for them, and for all they do for me. 

  

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a baseball player? 

(JADEN) I’ve always been blessed with a lot of speed, and I try to use it to the best of my ability. I don't have a lot of power, but my speed allows me to be able to beat out bunts and get infield hits. My speed is definitely my main strength. From a physical standpoint, I'm a really aggressive player, especially on the bases. My aggressiveness allows me to steal a lot of bases. Mentally, I've always had a high baseball I.Q. It's something that I was blessed with. I make a few mistakes every now and then, but most of the time, they seem to work to my advantage. 

  

SESM: What would I see from you if I attended one of your practices, or one of your games? 

(JADEN) Any time I'm on the diamond, I want to win. It’s that simple! Whether it’s practice or a game, it doesn't matter. I always give 100% effort. I have a winning mindset coupled with a dog mentality. I hate losing, so I’m gonna give everything I have everyday, every time. 

  

SESM: What motivated you to play baseball? 

(JADEN)When I was younger, I played many different sports. I played basketball, baseball, and football. From as far back as I can remember, I always had a bat and ball in my hands. My grandfather always encouraged me to play baseball over the other sports. Growing up in Starkville, and watching the Mississippi State Bulldogs compete to go to the College World Series year in and year out, had a big impact on me. I spent a lot of time on campus watching them. If there was a game, whether it was a week day game or a weekend series, I was there. It also kept me out of trouble. Playing baseball eases my mind and relieves a lot of my stress. I’ve just always loved the game! 

  

SESM: Who is your favorite baseball player? 

(JADEN) Mookie Betts, number 30, Boston Red Sox. 

  

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, in the MLB or NCAA? 

(JADEN) Billy Hamilton. His speed and quickness allows him to do many different things. I model my game after his. 

  

SESM: What would be more exciting to you: ending a home game by making a dynamic defensive play in top of 9th, or coming from behind and winning in dramatic fashion in, the bottom of the 9th? Why? 

(JADEN) Definitely winning in the bottom of the 9th inning. I love the excitement of a walk off, and running out of the dugout to celebrate with who ever wins the game.  Seeing the team celebrate is an excitement you just don’t forget. 

  

SESM: Is college in your plans? If so, what do you plan on studying? 

(JADEN) Yes. As of now, I’m still undecided on what my major will be. 

  

SESM:  What has been your most memorable moment this season? 

(JADEN) Going 2-3 and beating West Lauderdale. 

  

SESM: What are you like when you're not playing baseball? 

I’m very social. I enjoy spending time away from home and with friends. I also love meeting new people. 


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AARON COATS #2, 2B/SS, 5'9"/180lbs. C/O 2020

GREENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HORNETS, GREENVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

SESM: What was it like for you growing up? 

(AARON) For me, it was kind of rough. I saw a lot of violence, but I always kept myself away from it by going to the batting cages to hit, or put some work in on my fielding. 

  

SESM: What are your strengths, physically and mentally, as a baseball player? 

(AARON) My strengths physically are hitting and fielding. Mentally, I'm able to push through hard things, even when I’m a little fatigued. 

  

SESM: What would I see if I attended one of your practices, or one of your games? 

(AARON) You would see power hitting, gap to gap, and hustle running on and off the field. 

  

SESM: What motivated you to play baseball? 

(AARON) Being around the game for so long, and watching my older brothers and uncles play. 

  

SESM: Who is your favorite baseball player? 

(AARON) Growing up it was Derek Jeter, but now is Javier Baez. 

  

SESM: Who would you compare your style of play to, in the MLB or NCAA? 

(AARON) I try to play like Javier Baez. I love the way he approach the game, but mostly, I just try to be myself. 

  

SESM: Would you rather end a home game by winning at top of 9th inning, or coming from behind to win in the bottom of the 9th inning? Why? 

(AARON) Coming from behind in the bottom of the 9th. When you come from behind and win, it shows that you don’t have any quit in you. It also shows you can have your back against the wall and still rise to any occasion. 


SESM: Is college in your plans? If so, what do you plan on studying? 

(AARON) College is most definitely in my plans. I would like to major in agriculture or business. 

  

SESM: What has been your most memorable moment this season? 

(AARON) So far, it has been hitting two homeruns in two day. 


SESM: What are you like when you're not playing baseball? 

(AARON) Just really goofy and laid back.


DONAVAN STRICKLAND | SESM