Favorite TV show: "Family Guy"
Favorite food: Steak and lobster
Favorite high school class: Broadcast journalism
Other high school sports: "I played basketball my freshman and sophomore year. After that, I started focusing more on football. This spring I'm going to do track. I'm going to try to run, get my speed up. And they'll probably have me throw, too."
Hobbies: "Playing X-box, playing basketball at the Y, hanging out with friends, hanging out with my family. I really like hanging out with my family, watching movies and watching TV."
Intended major: "Broadcast journalism. That was actually a big reason why I committed to Maryland. They have a great school in that."
Something that not many people know about you: "I can draw. I can draw really good. A lot of people that I know can draw cartoons, but I like drawing athletes."
Best football moment: "My junior year, I tore my ACL against New Britain. This year, we're playing them and in the first quarter of the game, I score my first touchdown of the game and then I dunk the ball over the goalposts afterward. I was telling my coach all season that I wanted to dunk over the goalposts. I saw Vernon Davis miss, and I said, 'I'm going to make it.' That whole game, I wanted to do it. The play was a zone read, and then my quarterback just hit me over the top for a 5-yard touchdown. I snatched it over two people and just ran to the goalposts and dunked it. That would be my favorite play. Then, later in the game, I didn't drop the ball, but I think I ran the wrong route. Everyone was mad at me. On the very next series, as soon as they got the ball, the quarterback dropped back and I went to go sack him, but he started losing the ball. So I snatched the ball right back and ran 45 yards for another touchdown. Those would be my two favorite moments."
Role model: "My aunt. She is the most hard-working and smartest person I know. Sometimes to me it seems like she doesn't make sense, but she always knows what she's talking about. It's a struggle with her being a single parent raising me, her older son and her younger son. But she has to be my biggest inspiration and role model."
Why Maryland? "Obviously, first academically. I felt like it was the best school where I had a chance to further my broadcast knowledge. That's something that I'm really interested in. In our school, we have a [broadcast journalism] class. I need an extra class, and they threw me in a video class. I started thinking, 'If I don't play football, what do I want to do?' Being able to talk about football and sports is the best job in the world. You basically get paid to state your opinion on television. I asked my teachers, 'How do I get involved with that?' They said broadcast journalism. Being able to major in that is a major reason I liked Maryland. Then the fact that I have the opportunity to play very early, or even if not right away, then at least have an equal opportunity to compete. Playing time obviously affects that. And I just love the way they're getting better. Nobody is accepting failure. They're all ready to work. That's the environment I want to be around. … I want to be around guys that want to work and win as bad as I do. I don't think there's any better place for me than Maryland."