by Mark Clements
November 14, 2011 –
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
CJ: I’m 6-feet even, 178 and I the last time I ran a 4.5.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
CJ: Yes sir, Ville Platte, Louisiana.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
CJ: LSU to the fullest.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
CJ: I started when I was nine years old playing pee-wee football.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
CJ: I have a couple of uncles that played but my family was really high on basketball so I kind of branched away and did football on my own.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
CJ: Yes sir, I play basketball and run track. I play point guard in basketball and I’m the 4×1, the 4×2 and the long jump and I throw the javelin in track.
LAFM: Are you focusing on football or do you want to go to a college where you can play multiple sports?
CJ: I pretty much want to focus on football. I feel that if I focus on just one sport and one task I can be very good at that sport. That sport would be football.
LAFM: You’re listed as an athlete, what positions do you play?
CJ: I only play quarterback in high school but I get in on special teams on kick returns and I get in on defense on big third down situations at free safety.
LAFM: If so, where do you see yourself being recruited?
CJ: I went to some camps for quarterback and wide receiver.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
CJ: I watch Drew Brees a lot because he’s very intelligent and he knows when to put the ball there and how to put it there and he’s a very good team leader.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
CJ: I feel that I’m very strong and confident. I’m very confident in myself and I show my team that I have confidence in them. Since I’ve been doing that, I’m very vocal with my team and they like that. I would love to improve on recognizing the defense and getting more acquainted with the game and the way the game goes.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
CJ: I’ve been to Alabama, LSU, Louisiana Tech, UL-Monroe, ULL, Lamar University, Southern Miss, Southeastern and Northwestern State.
LAFM: Have you heard from any coaches or received any offers?
CJ: Yes sir, I have a couple offers from Lamar University, Grambling, Southeastern, Northwestern State, North Texas and UL-Monroe.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
CJ: None of them stick out at the top right now because I’ve broken them down athletic-wise and I want to get into it academically that way I can see which one will fit me the best.
LAFM: Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
CJ: No sir, not at all. My mom is a single parent, but she’s given me the wings to go out there and do what I want to do. She said location is not a problem and to me, whatever is best for me, I have to take that chance.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
CJ: Business administration.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
CJ: I set goals at the beginning of the season to pass for 1,500 and to rush for over 700 and I think passed that. The biggest thing was to get past the first round. It hasn’t been done in our school history in a long time. Before I leave I just want to give this school something to think about and something to remember.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
CJ: Last year against Loreauville, we were both 5-0 and they were projected to win District. The first drive of the game I hurt my ankle pretty bad and couldn’t run the rest of the game, but I got in and my teammates had to carry me to the play, carry me off the field and carry me to the locker room. That was actually my best throwing game, I threw for 322. It was very memorable because we won in the last two minutes of the game, we got the ball back and we scored on a long pass then stopped them on defense. It was something very emotional to remember. It was one of my most memorable games.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
CJ: My current GPA is a 3.75 and my last ACT I made a 22.