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What was your favorite part about visiting Texas A&M?
Hanging with my host was pretty nice; his name is Carlton Orange. Me and him clicked from the start. He really cared about me as a person and was a very great host. But again, as you know the facilities are crazy at A&M and you can tell they really care about their track and field down there.
What made you pick Texas A&M and Iowa State as a part of you top five schools?
Just the relationships I formed with the coaches. Coach [Milton] Mallard is a really good man; I can relate to him in some ways and coach Jeremy has a vision and he's also a very good coach as well. What those schools can offer me, and of course my brother (DJ plays on the football team) goes to Iowa State, but it's not even about that. Both of these schools and their track programs are like families. I feel like they can get me to where I want to go.
Spann's Analysis: Iowa State has been reborn within their last seven seasons in the Big 12. The Cyclone men are coming off of back-to-back titles in the Big 12 and Midwest Region and three consecutive appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Last outdoor season the men finished runner-up at the indoor and outdoor conference meet. Roshon Roomes has had serious success in the 600-yard run, setting the NCAA record to win a conference title. Following that performance, the Cyclone men finished fifth in the DMR at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, Festus Lagat saw overall success in the 800m, earning All-American honors with a third place (1:45.05) finish at NCAAs.
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What about Iowa State makes it different than the other two you've seen so far?
I've been around them for so long and I just have a very great relationship with Coach [Jeremy] Sudbury. It's going to be so hard because all the schools I've been too have felt like home. But, Iowa State in a way, I just love it up there. I just love it.
Do you know what you want to major in? Do all the schools you've visited so far have the classes and tools you need to be successful in that?
For sure! I want to major in Sports Broadcasting within Journalism and all three schools are very good in that area.
With two visits remaining, what are you looking forward to about your other visits?
Just getting up there and getting around the people. Every school facility wise and things like that, is going to be pretty similar with what they have to offer. But what really separates it is the team aspect and the coach. So, I'm just really looking forward to getting up to see what they have to offer as far as that.
What do you think you've learned about yourself through this process?
I really learned that I really want to be in an environment that's more like a family. In that I learned that I need to have a great relationship with my coaches in order to do well. That's why I picked the five that I picked because of the coaches that had been reaching out to me, I felt like I had the best relationships with the five I picked to go on visits with.
Do you think making your final decision is going to be harder now that you've visited three out of the five schools?
Oh, most definitely. I can only imagine what it's going to be like when I go to five out of five.