This is the third in a series of Q&A's with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016. For the complete Q&A, go to ledger-enquirer.com/valley-preps. Coming Wednesday: Carver’s Javontay Smith.
Central High’s Jamal Couch is a wide receiver by trade, but is a player of enough talents to cause some confusion among the college ranks.
On recruiting sites, he’s often listed as a linebacker recruit, though 247sports elects to use the more versatile “athlete” distinction. It’s understandable. At 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds, Couch is a solid body with a lot of potential on either side of the field.
But Couch isn’t worried about that yet. When it comes to college football, the four-star Florida State commit just wants a place to play.
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And right now, for the Red Devils, he is one of their most imposing figures on offense, towering over opposing defensive backs. Heading into his senior year, he has the potential to make a difference on a team with very high expectations.
The Ledger-Enquirer caught up with Couch to talk recruiting last week.
Some people love the recruiting process, some people hate it. How’s it been for you?
It’s been pretty crazy. Basically, just like the fan attention has been really crazy.
Do you hear from people on Twitter a bunch, fans telling you to come to their school?
(Laughs) It’s shocking, just shocking to see what people will do to try and get someone to come to their school to play football.
Is it weird to have people know you and know your name, and how did you handle that?
Yeah, it was shocking at first. You just try to block most of it out and focus on you. Just do what I need to do for me and my team.
I know Coach (Jamey) DuBose handles a lot of the communication with recruiters. How much does that help you?
It helps out a lot. I can’t really even explain how much. He’s a great guy and he knows a lot of coaches and just keeps it all together for me. He makes sure I know all my options and everything.
One interesting thing: I’ve seen you recruited as a linebacker, but you play wide receiver in high school. Do you want to play wide receiver, or does it matter?
No, it doesn’t matter. I just want to play.
It’s your senior year, and I know you’re committed to Florida State right now. But what’s the outlook for you? Are you still considering schools?
Yeah, I’m committed, but I’ll still just narrow it down to a few schools and sign with the best one for me.
David Mitchell, Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.