This is the 14th in a series of Q&A’s with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016.
There have been plenty of changes since the end of the last football season for defensive tackle T.J. London (6-foot-4, 340).
In March, he committed to play college ball at Louisville. In May, he reopened his recruitment. Over the summer, he switched schools to Central High from Carver after his family moved. Now settled in, he’s just trying to find the right fit for himself going forward.
London spoke with the Ledger-Enquirer about recruiting, changing schools and where he needs to improve going forward.
So, you were committed for some time to Louisville, then you reopened your recruitment. Give us an update on where you stand now.
Right now, I’ve narrowed it down to a top three or four. Those are Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and Alabama. I haven’t gotten an offer yet from Alabama, but it’s obviously a great school.
Walk me through the decision to de-commit from Louisville. Why did you decide to do that?
Louisville felt like the right place at the time, but I just wanted to make sure I make the right decision. I’ve enjoyed the process, and I just wanted to make sure I give every option as much thought as I can.
What do you like about each of those schools?
Louisville — I love the relationship that I have with the defensive line coach and they run the same defense I’ve been in. Khane (Pass) is already up there. They’ve got a lot going on. Mississippi State — it’s in the SEC. You can’t beat that. I like the defense they run and how they want to use me. Alabama — I’ve got a good relationship with Coach (Kirby) Smart, and it’s just been a home away from home for me.
How much does it impact your decision that you know some guys up at Louisville already?
It plays a big part. It’d be fun to play with those guys, play with guys I played against and all that.
Going into your senior year, what is the focus for you? What are you trying to work on individually?
I need to work on my speed and losing a little weight, being a little more versatile on the line. Most coaches want me to be able to play nose-tackle and be a two-gapper, rather than moving, but it helps to be versatile.
You’re moving across town to Central this year. What brought that about?
My family moved, and it felt like the right school to go to. Even though it was my senior year and I had to transfer, everyone made me feel at home over here. The coaches have taken time out to make sure I get everything — staying after (practice), coming early, just making sure I learn it all.
You’ll be a part of a defense with a lot of talent. How much does that excite you?
It’s special. I’m really excited about how good we could be. There’s a lot of potential, and we have to really work hard at it, but I know it’s going to be special.
When do you plan on making a college decision?
After de-committing, I planned to do it before the season. I’ll probably do it after the season now, though, so that I can focus on my team and winning a state championship.
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