You have always been a good student. Some people find high school more challenging because they feel the pressure to get good grades to get into college. How would you compare the academics of your high school to ucla?
Up here is not easy, but they give us a lot of help to pass classes with tutoring and study halls. You get the work done, they set it up to where you can pass.
Kevin Craft said he would not want to play on the line because of its inherent violence. What do you do to change from your usual mellow self to a man who has to meet violence with violence?
Football, you’ve got to flip a switch. You can’t play passive. You have to get out here and get after it. You have to play like a madman. Like Lawrence Taylor says, you’ve got to play like a bunch of crazed dogs. Coach Bullough says it’s a gift to get angry. You can’t just go in public and hit somebody, you’d go to jail. Out here, anything goes, you can hit the sh*t out of somebody. That’s what you play football for, to hit somebody.
You dominated offensive lineman, especially in high school. Have you ever felt sorry for an offensive lineman that you were having your way with, and then backed off a little to save him some dignity?
It’s my job. I tell them don’t take it personal, I’m just doing my job. We’re all on a mission out here
Without stating anything profane give us some examples of the trash-talking that goes on in a football game.
Anything goes, you hear it all. But personally, I don’t say anything in games. I got the nickname Quiet Storm in high school from my dad because I don’t say much. But you can feel the impact, though.
You are projected as a high NFL draft choice when you decide to leave ucla. How would becoming an instant multi-millionaire change your life?
It wouldn’t just change mine but the people who are close to me. Even those who are not. I plan on doing things back in the community to help kids who are unfortunate. I want to start back at home. It would be great to live the life I’ve never lived before.
You have six sisters. What did you learn about womanhood from them?
I’m a ladies’ man now. I know it all. I can read a lady like a book now. I can look at them and tell if something’s wrong. I know it all. Maybe not everything – I mean, it’s a gift and a curse.
Drawing is one of your hobbies. Do you have any pieces that you have displayed?
That is like an escape from the pain. I don’t talk about my problems; I just used to draw. I’m not the greatest. I just do it for fun. The tattoos I have, I’ve draw them out, most of them. Display? No. I draw and give them away to certain people.
You went to high school in Crenshaw which is located in South Central. Bruins say SC is located in South Central, and say it in a derogatory manner. I know South Central and like the people there. Tell us something about South Central.
It isn’t as bad as every makes it seem in movies and stuff. You have violence, but it makes you a stronger person. Every day is not like that. You actually learn how to become a man, you grow up fast. You make a lot of friends to become street smart. Growing up there was a great experience – going through tragedy wasn’t great, but it’s made me the man I am today.
You played 3 years of baseball in high school. Can you still hit the curveball?
It’s hard to hit a curveball, but I think I can do it, take it over the fence.
You are a history major. If you could change one event in history to make for a better world what would it be?
Change the world? I don’t know man, everything happens for a reason. I wouldn’t want to change anything. If I change something, something else will happen. I’ll just leave it as it is.