Graduating early from high school has given me a lot of time to work out and prepare for college. I work out every day – lifting weights and doing cardio – and I throw about three times a week.
When I throw, I just go to my high school and throw with other seniors like Oklahoma State signee C.J. Curry. The amount of time we throw ranges each time. Yesterday we went out for a good three hours, but then sometimes someone will have to leave and we’ll only have thirty minutes. Mainly it’s me and some receivers, so it’s just routes-on-air.
We’re not running a particular playbook. We’re just running every route we can think of. It’s not like actual plays – we’re just going one receiver at a time. They’ll just do slants, outs, curls, digs – pretty much every route there is.
Sometimes, we’ll have DBs there and we’ll do one-on-ones. We haven’t been able to do a seven-on-seven, because we just don’t have enough guys. But one-on-ones get competitive.
Even when there are no cornerbacks, it’s not boring. We’re working on our timing. Or I’m working on looking off or maybe there’s a play in my head and I’m going through my progressions.
For cardio, I’ll bike or run. Yesterday I did a bunch of 80-yard sprints. When I run, I don’t go for a jog – I’m doing sprints.
I do a lot of stuff to work on my agility. I’ll do squat jumps or the agility ladder. I go to a place locally where I do band work.
I really don’t have a set place where I lift weights. I have a big neighborhood and we have a real, nice place to work out. I either go there, I’ve also gone to my old high school, or about three different places that are local like L.A. Fitness or Lifetime. I usually have somebody working out with me. Usually it’s a friend or my brother.
When I’m in the weight room, I do exactly what’s in the book North Carolina sent me. It’s a huge difference from Flowery Branch’s workouts. Flowery Branch was real Olympic-style, so we did all kinds of snatches, jerks, and cleans.
I like North Carolina’s a lot better. When I get done, I feel good - I can tell I got in a good workout. North Carolina’s is scripted to where I have a different workout Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The other days I just do my own thing. The weights increase each week on a percentage basis.
North Carolina hasn’t asked me to be conscious of what I eat. But my family, especially my mom, has been on me about eating healthy. She also is real big on eating big portions - I eat a pretty good bit.
I’m at about 205-210 pounds. During football, the roster said I was 205, but I was probably really 190-195.
At times being out of school while everyone else is in school can be really boring. I have friends that when they get out of school, we hang out. To help with the boredom, I work part-time for my dad whenever he needs me. That definitely takes up some time. He has his own equipment company. Usually I just run errands for him. My next project is moving some equipment from a house to one of his warehouses. Mostly it’s just odds and ends stuff.
Time has been winding downing quickly for when I actually leave for North Carolina. I head to Chapel Hill on Sunday.