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What is your name?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
University of Central Arkansas
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
I was receiving letters from over 60 schools but actually on the phone and personally just Arkansas, Baylor, Miami, and UNT.
How did you choose your school?
Being from Brazil I didn’t know much about football, the Razorbacks was the first to offer me and never seeing such facilities and resources I felt like that was the right school.
Where are you from?
I’m from Brazil, moved to Cedar Hill, TX in 2002.
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is Cristiano Ronaldo because he is the true definition of given talent and hard work. As a teenager, while his team would sleep he would be working out, now he’s the best. My favorite Kicker is Dan Bailey, he’s smooth and efficient.
Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I played soccer growing up
Did you play any other positions in football?
I didn’t play any other positions, and if anyone knows about cedar hill football here in Texas they would know why.
At your position, what separates you from others?
What separates me from others in my position is that, pressure doesn’t get to me, I embrace it. I want the game to come down to a last second field goal.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
Watching film I look for who has the best chance of blocking the kick
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacles I had to overcome in life were moving to the United States without knowing any English, which I overcame in actually 3 months of school and interaction. And the other was having to transfer out of Arkansas without knowing if I should go across to another FBS school, go down to FCS, or go back to soccer and try getting another professional tryout. I overcame that by the guidance of my high school kicking coach telling me that I couldn’t sit out, the two years of not playing could really affect me. Even though I did have a pro soccer try out football offered me a free college education, and I just love the sport and my position so much I had to stick to it. I’m glad I did, Central Arkansas has a great program.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
My pre-game rituals are listening to music, picking out targets behind the uprights, and getting comfortable with the field, which includes the kicking.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my competitiveness.
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is overdoing it. Over kicking, over lifting, over running. I do it because I want to be the best but I hurt myself, and my team by not being able to play.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am a competitor, I don’t just kick the ball I try to be the best athlete I can be. I am also a perfectionist, I want to make every kick and if I don’t I want to know why so I can make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?
I started learning, and following football more while in college so I didn’t have a favorite player growing up, but my favorite team has been the cowboys since I moved to Dallas.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
The 3 people I would want to have dinner with would be Cristiano Ronaldo, Bill Gates, and Jerry Jones.
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