Now that signing day for the class of 2009 is over, the question becomes which players are the next studs that will ink their name on a scholarship in the future. It has been widely considered from the last few years that La Cueva, athlete Ronnie Daniels will be the top overall prospect in the state in two years. However, one player that could make a legit case for that title before it is all said and done is Eldorado lineman Willie Pounds. Pounds had a huge sophomore season earning all 1st team all district, 1st team all metro and all state honors. He has great size for a defensive lineman at 6’3 and nearly 300 pounds. He is a man child in the middle of the defense and will be a star and household name by the end of this season. We introduce you to Willie Pounds.
What were your stats/honors from last year?
1st team all metro 1st team all district 1st team all state
What is your official height and weight?
What is your greatest football memory?
Getting to state
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
To win district and get to state again
What are you doing to prepare for this season? Will you attend any camps this season?
Lift hard. I am attending the CU camp, the USC camp and, Texas Tech camp
What aspect of your game have you really worked hard on to improve?
Using my hands
Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for next year?
Armin Day, Gary Maestas
Name one teammate that you respect the most and why?
Armin Day because he can handle any kind of pressure
What are your goals as far as playing football in college?
To attend USC on a scholarship
Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any early offers to speak of?
Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
What schools would be your top 5 schools?
USC, Texas Tech, Oregon, Auburn, CU
Who is the best player you ever played against and why?
Dante Caro because he was quick elusive smart he was the reason Las Cruces won state.
What other sports do you play?
Basketball, Track and field
What are your bench max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean, and 40 time?
Bench: 330, Squat: 510, Power Clean: 40 time: 5.3
How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Works hard, needs to use hands.
What is your strength as a football player?
What is your weakness as a football player?
Doesn’t use hands.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Reggie White, best defensive lineman in history strong fast and mean.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten? Who did you get it from?
To use my hands, Coach Charlie Dotson.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
My dad who introduced me to football and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his help.
We want to thank Willie for his time and for the interview. We also would like to thank Coach Charlie Dotson for his help setting this up.
It will be a real joy to watch Willie continue to develop over the next couple of seasons. We are hoping to get a highlight DVD of Willie in the near future.