What were some key reasons you decided to attend Guilford?
I understood Guilford would offer me an education that would challenge me and a degree that would hold weight in the workforce. I noticed how the football program was growing every year prior to my arrival, and I wanted to be a part of pushing the program to higher heights. Coach (Chris) Rusiewicz’s passion in the recruiting process caught my attention as well.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as a student at Guilford?
Dropping my pride to ask for help from my professors if it was needed at the time and always pursuing growth in knowledge.
What were some factors that helped you realize the success you enjoyed as an athlete at Guilford?
By putting in extra work to separate me from the pack. The main factor for my success athletically was my positive attitude that I brought to the table every day.
What have you been up to since you left Guilford?
I’m working as an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator at U.S Bank in uptown Charlotte. Also, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to help my little brother prepare for his freshman high school football season. I’ve received a $10,000 scholarship from the Carolina Panthers to help pay for graduate school, which I started August 27.
How has Guilford prepared you for where you are today?
Guilford offered me a unique and necessary college experience. The experience I encountered is an exact emulation of what the “real world” holds for every individual. This institution also offered me the opportunity to major in forensic accounting, something I’ve grown to have a passion and love for.
What about your experience as a Guilford student-athlete has helped you the most?
It has helped me develop a balance between two or more priorities. Having a “Go Get It” attitude towards every endeavor I’m a part of and having conversations with people that are different than me in every possible way.
What do you miss most about Guilford?
I miss playing football more than anything. When you’ve been playing football for 17 years of your life, it’s hard to adjust to not doing that. I miss the games and the endless experiences I’ve had with my brothers (teammates).
What are your future plans?
I will be receiving my master’s degree in fraud investigations from Stevenson University in 2020. I also plan to earn my CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner) Certification as soon as possible. I want to continue being a part of my little brother’s growth throughout his high school years. I also want to be a mentor to the younger generation of men.
What is one thing a high school student-athlete considering college needs to know?
Live in the moment, but always think about how that moment will affect your future.
Identify and describe one or two of your favorite moments or experiences while at Guilford.
My favorite experience was Senior Day against Emory & Henry College, the last football game I’ll ever play. Coming back to win from a huge deficit in the first half meant the world to me and is a memory I’ll never forget.