From the first moment I stepped onto the gridiron at the age of seven, I fell in love with the game of football. Playing both quarterback and linebacker from the second grade through my sophomore year prepared me to critically evaluate each play and each opponent on both sides of the ball. However, as my junior year approached, I had to choose between staying on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Prior to making my decision, I received a phone call from my quarterback coach saying I was no longer going to be able to compete for the starting quarterback spot. Considering this a blessing and sign from above, I didn’t let this news ruin my love for the game or my drive to accomplish my goals. I immediately called my linebacker coach and told him that I was playing defense full-time. As the season progressed, I realized how very grateful I am about the outcome of that gut-wrenching situation. Not only did I perform exceptionally well on the defensive side of the ball by leading the team in tackles, sacks, and takeaways, I fell in love with football all over again. As a result of these experiences, I realize now more than ever that I wish to continue this journey in college.
Along with being able to continue my football career, I also want the best education possible to prepare myself for the rest of my life. Getting into a great academic institution through the game of football has been a major part of my goal of playing college football. As any of my coaches will tell you, my leadership, work ethic, and dedication to do whatever it takes to succeed will be a great asset on your team. I have always pushed myself past my limits in order to compete at the highest level possible. Therefore, I will do whatever it takes to get the outcome that you and your coaching staff are looking for, both on the field and in the classroom.