by Mark Clements
September 19, 2011 –
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
JP: My height, I’m 6-foot, I weigh 202 pounds and my forty time is 4.76.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
JP: No, I’m originally from Chicago, Illinois. I moved when I was about 3 years old. We moved because my dad got a new job.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
JP: I never really liked LSU until I was like 10 or 11 after being here a while, but I always liked Florida and Clemson.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
JP: Seventh grade.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
JP: My brother played for two years in high school, but I’m actually like the first one in my family to really play and do well.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
JP: I played basketball all the way up until this year, but I’m not playing this year.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides free safety?
JP: I play strong safety, too.
LAFM: Are you better at one than the other or can you interchange freely between the two?
JP: It depends what we’re running. I play free safety well and I play strong safety well. I can play both.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
JP: I like LSU Morris Claiborne, he’s my favorite. He’s a big hitter, he likes to hit people and that’s my thing. That’s what I do the best. Why I like him the most is because I like big hits and he gives a lot of those and he covers the field well.
LAFM: Going off of that, what do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most next year?
JP: I think my biggest strength is tackling. I tackle pretty well. I think that’s my biggest strength. I’m a pretty good cover man too. I think I can get a little faster this year with my straight-away speed so I really want to work on that and do really well.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
JP: No, I haven’t.
LAFM: Which colleges have you received offers from?
JP: No offers, but I’ve gotten some letters in the mail.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
JP: ULL – my brother goes there, I’ve been to some of the football games and I could see myself playing there.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
JP: I haven’t really decided yet but I think I want to be a physical therapist or a trainer.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
JP: I want to have at least five sacks, I want to try and get five interceptions which is going to be hard to do but I’m trying for that. I want at least 90 tackles this year. I think our team can go all the way to the state championship. We just beat Parkview last week who is supposed to be a really good team. Our senior class is pulling together. We’ve all been playing together for a really long time and I think we’ve got the parts to do it.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
JP: St. Paul’s – I have a good deal of friends that play on that team and go to that school and we trained at the same place as them this summer when we were going to work out. While we were running they were up lifting and we switched it off. Just seeing them working out while we’re working out really pumped me up. We want to beat them really bad and last two years we’ve lost to them and that really motivates us a lot. It’s my senior year, I want to finish out good and I want to beat them.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
JP: Yeah, the Westgate game my sophomore year. I played a really good game that day.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
JP: I have a 2.3 GPA and I got an 18 on the ACT. I’ve only taken it once.