Football, as well as various other competitive sports have been a huge part of my upbringing and have made me a well rounded teenager. I knew at a very young age that football was the sport I wanted to keep playing through college and beyond. Being part of various teams throughout my elementary and middle school years taught me about the importance in teamwork and relationships. I think I am different from other recruits because I know each game is about what we accomplish together as a team and not what one person does individually. My eighth grade year our Methuen Pop Warner team became the Eastern New England Champions. This was a huge honor as we were the first team in our town to make it this far. In Pop Warner each kid has a certain style of athleticism that they bring to the team that makes it special. It was not what I did as an individual out on the field or even the next guy to get to where we did. Rather, it was about what each of us as a team did in our own specific way to get as far as we did and become champions. For me that was such a special moment I shared with an amazing group of kids from my home town and a huge learning experience. I will forever take this with me. As an individual I always put 100% effort in everything that I do, whether it's in a game, practice, working by myself, or in the classroom. My Dad taught me self- discipline and the importance of hard work at a very young age, and he has been a huge role model for me with his own career. I do not like to settle and my passion for the sport of football continues to motivate me daily. I grew up playing many competitive sports and through it all I balanced school and sports quite well. I am very good at prioritizing both on and off the playing field. Grades are just as important to me as football is, and with being organized I am able to get work done in the classroom and on the field. I am the type of person who will continuously work on something to improve myself. I am able to acknowledge when I did wrong and use the experience to better myself. I may quietly get upset with myself but I don't give up, and I especially never give up on my team no matter what the situation is. I truly believe that comes with being a good leader/role model along with one's self discipline. I listen to my coaches and I am respectful as they have become important teachers/mentors in my path of growth. I take what they say and what they teach seriously, and put it towards my game. Being humble at all times and being able to handle adversity is also part of who I am. I have quietly set the bar high for myself, and I am certain that many would probably say it could never happen to an average kid like me. Yet it drives me to want more for myself. My goals are to get into a good college, study business, and continue to play football at a college/university. I think I have the ability to become a strong asset to a team who wants someone who is dedicated, eager to improve/learn, respectful, hardworking, humble, and truly loves the game of football. With all of this I believe I do have what it takes to compete at the college level and I am looking forward to exploring this opportunity further.