Football is in my blood and has been since before I was even born. My parents wanted to call me J.T. (James Tankersley), but my dads football team - The Bayside High school Bears started to call me Tank as soon as they learned I was on the way. By the time I was 3 i was drawing X'sand O's on everything I could get my hands on. Hanging out with my dad and his football players helped me to learn every aspect of the game. I spent countless hours watching film and putting together play books which my dad. Football is what gives me an outlet for all my emotions. I really needed that outlet when my dad died of cancer when I was 11 years old. I watched him go from a robust, happy-go-lucky coach to a really sick man. It changed my life completely, but it never changed my love of football. It is what I have always wanted to do. The chance to play football at the next level is a dream that I -and my dad- had since I was old enough to hold a ball. I have worked diligently to excel at academics and football, so that I can grab any opportunity for playing at the next level of the game that I love so much.