Interview with Tae Thibodeaux
By Reid Althage
LAFM: Name, position, school?
My name is Tae Thibodeaux, and I played DL for West Gate High School. I signed with the University of Louisville .
LAFM: Current height and weight?
6-1, 275 lbs
LAFM: Any notable statistics from your senior season?
I know I had 11.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.
LAFM: Favorite football player of all time? Why?
My first one would have to be Ndamukong Suh. He plays with a relentless style. By relentless, he goes all out every play every game. He keeps his body well. You really cannot see an ounce of fat on him, yet is never lacking in size or weight. He is just an intimidating guy who gets after it every game.
Jevon Kearse is another player. When I first started playing football (pee wee league), it came down to what number I was going to get. I was always watching Jevon Kearse play. My grandfather was like, “don’t you like the Freak? You should take 90.” Kearse always played with a motor. He was a leader on the field. When his teammates were down, he would pick them up. He is the reason I wore 90.
LAFM: You are committed to Louisville. What other schools were next in line if you had to say 1-3?
It was really just Arkansas honestly. They were next in line to the Cardinals.
LAFM: What did you enjoy the most about your recruitment process?
I would have to say the visits. I enjoyed going to the schools. I also liked being a role model. The younger players see me visiting different schools and see my experience with the recruiting process. They tell me that they want to go through the same thing.
LAFM: Why did you choose Louisville?
At first, I really was leaning toward Arkansas in the beginning. Still, I decided to take my visit to Louisville. I thank God that I did. It reminded me of and felt like home. They had fans who actually knew who I was when I was coming from the airport. The fans and people their were great. I love the atmosphere and get to play in the ACC. Louisville is a winning program. The campus, apartments, and dorms are all nice. I really liked everything about it.
LAFM: Have you gotten to meet the new head coach? What did you think of him?
Yes, we went to dinner together, and I like him a lot. Coach Petrino is a winner. I am really excited to play under him.
LAFM: Who are some people that stand out as major factors in choosing Louisville?
My mom, my coaches, my grandmother, and really my whole family. They have always supported me in everything I do.
LAFM: What kind of player is Louisville getting in yourself?
Someone who is very dedicated and hard working. They are getting someone who has a motor, and a guy who makes plays. I am a leader on and off the field.
LAFM: What is one thing you think that you need to improve upon going to the next level?
My feet work. I have room for improvement when it comes to my feet.
LAFM: What are you most excited about going into next year and playing football for Louisville?
I am excited about college football and college life in general. I am really excited about the conference. I am a big fan of the ACC. We open up with Miami on a Monday night game. We have Florida State on the schedule as well.
LAFM: What advice can you give the 2015 class on their recruitment process?
Stay humble. Even if you do not like the place, show interest and respect. Stay Hungry. Make sure to keep your grades up even after the recruitment process is over. Lastly, keep working hard and do not stop.
LAFM: What did you enjoy about Westgate High School, and how did they prepare you for playing football at the next level?
I enjoyed being a part of a competitive team and always being a playoff team. We went deep into the playoffs a couple times. I loved the brotherhood with my teammates. My coaches treated me like family. Playing with my teammates everyday. We were like brothers.