Position: Offensive Lineman
School: Missouri Southern University
HT/WT: 6’3 320 lbs
- 3rd team All Miaa
How’d you end up at your current school? What was the recruiting process like?
- I was noticed from the JPS All-Star Games where coach Keiki had offered me to walk-on at MIssouri Southern State University. The recruiting process was very difficult because I had no highschool film and I had no clue how to get into playing college football. I’m from American Samoa, where all we have is our culture, Christ and family. It’s a one and million chance to even get the opportunity to play college football so it was a struggle at first.
What gives you an advantage over other athletes at your position?
- Fundamentals, Retention to detail, IQ of the game and always being a student of the game.
What does being a student of a game mean to you?
- Willing to learn, Knowing what you have learned and continuously adding to the game to your ability.
How does being an Offensive Lineman reflect itself in your personal life?
- Controlling the controllables! Keeping my emotions in check, not too high or not too low! Most things in life are way out of my control and that’s something I shouldn’t stress myself about. Focusing on things that are within my control and having the right mindset or attitude to approach things in a certain way. Emotions are a very key factor because some days you don’t feel like doing nothing, but you tell yourself to keep pushing. Getting over excited can cause forgetting the main objective which leads to being a disadvantage, so I try my best to keep my chin high and a level heart at all times.
How would you describe your work ethic?
- Picture a person that had no offers coming out of highschool, can barely afford a plane ticket to Missouri, with a single parent household and still decided to walk-on to Missouri Southern State University. The way I see it my family sacrificed everything for me to be where I am today. So when you ask me about my work ethic it honestly offends me because I’ve been working all my life. All I know is football and nothing else but football. I put everything I have into it, in hopes of gaining a first generation college degree and playing professional football. I work hard!
What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?
- A.A.T.E (Family, Attitude, Accountability, Toughness & Effort) When you step out on the field there’s no friends or teammates, we are brothers. Your attitude shows the kind of person you are when times things are high and when things are low. Holding yourself and your teammate accountable for your own and their actions too. This is a man’s game so if you think the guy across from you is going to lay down for you then you’re playing the wrong sport. Toughness is not only physically but mentally and spiritually, nothing in this world will break you down. Just play football, who cares about the other teams and what the referees have to say. When it comes to playing the game of football, we let our playing do all the talking. Show the effort you want others to show too.
What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
- Freshman Year I came in as a walk-on, was undersized and too skinny. By the end of Fall-Camp going into week 1, Coach Jeffery Sims offered me a scholarship after practice because of how hardworking I was.
How did you hear about the National Scouting Combine?
- I heard it from a couple of my Coaches and Teammates.
Why did you choose the National Scouting Combine?
- I didn’t have a choice! I have no clue what I am doing, I just want to play football and I heard this could help me so I took it.
What do you hope to show people at the combine?
- My God provided talent.
What was your Major?
- Business Marketing & Management
If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
- Prevent Drug Addiction and Living a Drug free society. I have two brothers, one older than me and the other younger than me. They are Drug Addicts as we speak and I want to help them as much as I want, but I am thousands of miles away trying to pursue my dream. Not a day goes by when I think of them and wonder if they are getting better, but all I can do is pray. If God wants me to use football to provide them the help then I will.
What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
- My personality, respect and the way I can connect with people. I believe being a follower of God and where I came from has a big role in what kind of person I am today.
If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
- I would definitely play rugby. If I had the chance to play rugby again I would. I would cut all this weight down and just bit a maniac in rugby.
Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or “pay it forward” in your community?
- I am not involved in mentoring or charity, but I would go to different schools with my college football team to spend time with students during class time and recess. As much as I want to be more involved in these things, where I am we barely get opportunities like these.