by Mark Clements
October 12, 2011 –
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
DP: I’m 5’9”, 165 and I run a 4.6 in the forty.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
DP: Yes sir, I’m from Monroe.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
DP: When I was little I used to like LSU a lot and I used to watch the New Orleans Saints, but now I’m more of a Falcons and an Eagles fan.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
DP: I started playing football when I was about eight years old playing flag football.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
DP: Yes sir, all my cousins and my dad played for Ouachita High School and ever since I’ve been growing up all I knew was football.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
DP: I played a little baseball, but I didn’t really keep it up with baseball. I stuck to football.
LAFM: You’re listed as an athlete, what positions do you play?
DP: I play quarterback, running back and wide receiver and do kickoff returns.
LAFM: Which do you think is your strongest and where do you see yourself being recruited?
DP: Probably either running back or wide receiver or free safety.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
DP: I look up to Cam Newton as a quarterback and as a running back I like Trent Richardson. I see Cam Newton, he leads his team down the field no matter what the situation and is always plays positive and never gets down on himself. Trent Richardson, I like his strength and his vision. He has really good vision while running the ball and has strength and speed.
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?
DP: My biggest strength as a player is probably my work ethic. I have a good work ethic and I don’t give up until the last play of the game. And I have good speed and good vision. My weakness, I would work on my weight because I’m not that big but I’m quick. Also, my decision making at quarterback.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
DP: I’ve been to a Louisiana Tech camp and I went to ULM camp this summer. I also went to Northwestern and a senior day camp at Grambling.
LAFM: Which colleges have you received offers from?
DP: I haven’t received any offers, but I’ve talked to a ULM coach and I also talked to Grambling – one of their offensive coordinators. And I talked to Northwestern’s assistant head coach.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list? Is playing close to home a big factor in your recruitment?
DP: Mostly either ULM, Grambling or Northwestern. But if another school or a bigger school comes or a good junior college comes, I’d have to weigh my options.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
DP: I’m thinking about doing criminal justice.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
DP: As an individual, I’d like to have a lot of all-purpose yards and I want to pass for at least 1,000 yards and rush for 2,000. As a team goal, I’d like us to win district first and make the playoffs and eventually win a state championship.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
DP: The game that gets me the most fired up would probably be Neville, Carroll or Bastrop.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
DP: One of my memorable games would be Neville last year. Our running back from last year ran a long run to get us back in the game. And when we went to Karr and played them, they were the No. 1 team and we went down to New Orleans and played them and almost beat them. We ended up losing to them in the first round of the playoffs by a touchdown.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
DP: My current ACT was a 16 and I took that last year. My GPA is a 2.4 or 2.5.