Ted May was more than happy to make the move from outside to inside linebacker for his senior year at C. Milton Wright.
The way he saw it, the closer he was to the ball, the closer he would be to the action.
And May, a self-proclaimed student of the game of football, likes to be where the action is. He thrives on it, his appetite whetted by intense practice sessions and hours in the dark analyzing films.
"Some athletes just have a nose for the ball and Ted is one of those athletes," said Mustangs assistant coach Jerry Lee. "His number one asset is his intensity and how he prepares himself for the game.
"He watches game films two or three nights a week, practices hard and asks a lot of questions. He does all the things he has to do to be good."
To say that May has been "good" this year is an understatement. May, a three-year varsity player, has taken his game to new heights, and he has the numbers to prove it.
Before Friday's upset loss to Havre de Grace, May was leading the county in tackles with 122. The next closest on the county tackle list -- Joppatowne's Dorian Cunion and Mark Rhoten of Fallston -- were 45 tackles behind. In his team's first six games -- all victories for the Mustangs -- May had a county-high 81 solo tackles.
One of his best defensive efforts came in the Mustangs' win over Fallston. May buried the Cougars' wishbone offense, registering 20 solos and eight assists.
"Ted takes a lot of pride in playing defense and being the leader of the defense," said Mustangs head coach Steve Harward. "He's a quiet kid, but he's a captain this year and he leads by example. He doesn't say a lot, but he's there at practice every day and he always gives a great effort on Friday night."
When he's not banging helmets at inside linebacker, May can be found on offense at tight end. While his role on offense hasn't been as glamorous, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder showed he can catch in the Mustangs' win over Joppatowne as he grabbed three passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
"I got the ball a lot more [on offense] last year and I was hoping to get it more this season but I don't care because we're winning," said May. "All I want to do this year is get to the state playoffs."
Standing in the way of that goal is an Aberdeen team that beat the Mustangs last season. The Mustangs travel to Aberdeen for a Thursday night game that could determine the Harford County champion.
"We still have some things to settle with Aberdeen," May said.
Lee calls May an "impact player" and sees no reason he can't excel at the collegiate level.
"He's the type of athlete that trains all year around, that's why he is so successful," said Lee, a 1975 graduate of Bel Air High, who became somewhat of "big brother" to May when his father, Ted Sr., died four years ago. "He puts in the time and he pulls this team together. When we need to make a big play or a big stop, he is the one there to do it."
May would like to play his next four years at James Madison University in Virginia, but right now, that is just a dream and Thursday's clash with Aberdeen is a reality.
And come Thursday night, May will be smack dab in the middle of it. Right where he wants to be.