Interview with Moroni Pointer
By Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, school?
My name is Moroni Pointer, and I played LB for Tara High School. I signed to play at Nicholls State University.
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-0, 200 lbs
LAFM: Any notable statistics from your senior season?
I had over 100 tackles. I think my final number was around 130 tackles. I also had 3 INTs, 1 returned for TD, 4 fumble recoveries, and I am not sure how many sacks.
LAFM: Favorite football player of all time? Why?
I have to say Ray Lewis. I like his leadership and aggressiveness on the field. He is a great mentor and role model.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
I play baseball. I am a First Basemen and a Pitcher.
LAFM: What did you enjoy the most about your recruitment process?
The thing I most liked about it was probably the exposure. It was nice to see people actually coming to games and see me play. My parents are very proud of me going to play college football.
LAFM: Why did you choose Nicholls?
Nicholls just felt like home. It is not too big and not too small. All of the people are very nice. They have a very well organized program that has a long legacy. I want to be a part of that football program and legacy. Another reason is that it is close to my real home. I like being close to my family.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors in choosing Nicholls?
One of my past lineman coaches, Coach Buckland, went to Nicholls. He told me it was a great school and a great program. My Head coach, Coach Mansur, talked to me about it. He felt it was the right school for me. My pops liked the school. Nicholls recruited a lot of players that I knew. My teammate Kaleb Kador is going to Nicholls with me. They have a few other recruits from Central, Denham Springs, and McKinley.
LAFM: What kind of player is Nicholls getting in yourself?
I am a hard working, dedicated person. I never give up on the play and know how to execute. I am quick to the ball and a very smart player. I am smart on and off the field.
LAFM: What is something you think that you need to improve upon going to the next level?
Mainly, I need to get a little stronger. I lost some weight last year that I need to get back. I will be playing both Outside and Inside LB so I probably could work on my coverage as well.
LAFM: What are you most excited about going into next year and playing football for Nicholls?
All the above, I am excited about going to college and having a good time. College is a new experience that I think I will enjoy. I have a good chance to start this year. I need to work hard, but I think I can get that starting spot.
LAFM: What advice can you give the 2015 class on their recruitment process?
A recruit should make his decision on how they feel about their prospective schools and how they think their playing time is going to be. Many kids want to go to these big schools. The problem is sometimes they do not end up playing till their last year at the school. Be realistic about your playing opportunity. My thing is go to a college that is suitable for schooling, and suitable for you on the field. Go to a school that fits you as a player.
LAFM: What did you enjoy about Tara High School, and how did they prepare you for playing football at the next level?
My junior and senior year I learned about leadership. We had younger LB coming up, and I had to teach them. Tara has helped me become a better football player and person overall. I want to really thank Coach Pitt (LB Coach). My freshman and sophomore year I needed to learn how to play. Coach Pitt and Coach Stevenson really took the time to work for me. I thank both of them for taking their time to make me a better player. I also want to thank Coach Mansur. He put my name out their to the different schools so I could be recruited. He really drilled me a lot to become the person I am. Also, Coach Mac Evans (DC) taught me how to be a leader on the field. He taught me to be wiser in my decision making and influence others. I am thankful to just be able to play for my high school. I am thankful for the accolades I earned here and the schooling I received. I want to mention our new principal (Karen Triche). She is at the games all the time and has been a big supporter of us.