How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
No big schools were recruiting me. I was an all-state player but didn’t get a lot of attention from schools. I fell through the cracks at the D1 level and the first offer I received was from Minnesota State, Mankato after my senior season.
Where did you choose and why?
I chose Minnesota State, Mankato. Honestly, I didn’t have a lot to choose from, they were the one and only school to offer me a scholarship. They were coming off a very successful season, and I enjoyed the atmosphere when I went on my visit.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goal was to be the best player in the nation on the best team in the nation. After going to the semi-finals my junior season I thought we definitely had a chance at winning the national championship. Although we fell short of that goal, I believe I was the best player in the country.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I’ve personally talked with the Patriots and I believe the Broncos and Chiefs have contacted my agent for more film. The Pats called about the U of M pro day which I attended and to get some general back-ground information and game film.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
I’m versatile. I can make any throw on the field and if the pocket breaks down or if my receivers are covered I can make a play with my feet. I can extend plays and always make something out of nothing.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
I look for weaknesses and tendencies in the defense. A lot of defenses think they’re tricky when they try to disguise coverages or blitzes. Sometimes they are but more often than not someone is giving away what they’re doing. Whether it’s a safety rolling, a line backer shifted, a shaded nose tackle etc. can help indicate where the blitz is coming from or what coverage they’re playing.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
A lot of people have said I play similar to Colin Kaepernick. We have a similar build, both have strong arms and can make plays with our feet.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my overall athleticism. My ability to escape pressure and make people miss which leads to big plays.
What is your biggest weakness?
Some would say my biggest weakness is that I try to do too much. I very rarely got our team in bad situations by trying to do too much. Although I may need to start being more cautious of fighting for extra yards and putting myself in danger of getting hurt.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I’m very coachable will do everything and anything you ask of me. I really think I can be a starting QB but I can also play 2 or 3 other positions and/or special teams. I’m highly motivated to prove a lot of people wrong. I’ve never been more dedicated to something in my life. All I need is an opportunity and you will not regret it.
Growing up, who was your role model?
When I was growing up I idolized Mike Vick. He was great at extending plays and making something out of nothing. He made it look easy and made everyone else look like a high school team. Very exciting player to watch.
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