Recruiting Update: Jerome June
Gwynn Park (MD) defensive end Jerome June is getting after it hard this summer and is hoping that the hard work all pays off in the end. June does not yet hold any scholarship offers but is hoping that his performances at camps this summer and being named to the Maryland Crab Bowl roster will change all that. June is excited about being considered one of the top sixty players in the state of Maryland and has also shined this summer, camping at Maryland, Michigan State, and Richmond.
"I am thrilled to be considered one of the top sixty players in Maryland," says June. "When I found out I had been named to the Crab Bowl roster I was speechless. It is a real honor for me. My coaches are all so proud of me and I am looking forward to competing with the best athletes in the state. Khalek Shephard, Brian Blue and myself are all on the roster from Gwynn Park, so it will be fun having a few of my friends out there. My head coach, Danny Hayes is also coaching in the game, so I think I will be very comfortable out there throughout the whole process."
Jerome has also been working hard this summer. He is being pushed to his limits by his defensive line coach Richard Mozier. "Coach has me running drills and is making sure I am in top shape. We are working the most on my first step and making sure I get off the ball as fast as possible. I have improved my awareness the most I would say. I am also learning from Coach Mozier about recognizing the play and making sure I am in the right position at the right time."
June has attended four camps this summer, Michigan State, Maryland, Towson, and Richmond.
"Michigan State was a one day camp. It was a long flight but it was definitely worth it. We stayed at a hotel right by their campus. The camp was great. We started off doing height and weight, and then went to bench press. I benched 225-pounds thirteen times. After that I got to tour the campus. I saw the football and basketball facilities. Their coach told me during the one-on-ones that he really liked what he saw. I think I did very well throughout the day."
"Maryland is real close to home, I was comfortable there. My parents drove me up, and coach Mozier helped me get into the camp. We went over fundamentals like shedding blockers and having my hands in good position. Coach Solazzo pulled me to the side and told me he really liked what he saw. He told me to keep it up and I could have a future at the University of Maryland. The campus was great. I got to meet a bunch of their coaches and they are all great guys. The food was also terrific, top notch. A few of the guys who went to Gwynn Park play for the Terps now. Adrian Moton plays linebacker for them, number thirty-four, he was giving me some pointers and telling me that the coaching staff really liked me."
"Richmond was cool. I met with coach London. He didn't think that I was going to come that far to camp but he was happy I showed up. I ran the forty and went through a couple of the drills down there. We did one-on-ones which went pretty good. I slipped a few times when I started, so Coach Kevin Lewis pulled me to the side and gave me some pointers, and I had some success after that. He told me to think of the moves in my head before I went out and did them, and it really paid off. When I visualized the moves before I did them they worked out a whole lot better. I felt bad because I gave one of the linemen a bloody nose when I was trying to get his hands off of me. I accidentally hit him in the face and felt terrible, but he was cool with it."
"I have to thank my family for making all of this possible for me. My Mom and my Dad take me to and from practice every day, and being that I don't go to my regular zoned school it takes a lot of extra time and effort. My Dad wakes me up every day for practice and makes sure that I am on time and where I need to be. My Mom just wants me to be productive and get out of the house. She is tired of me eating all the food around here so any time I can get out and do something out of the house she loves it. My little sister is twelve years old, and she is handicapped. She cannot walk or talk so every day when I go out and work hard I am doing it for her. I just think of all the things that I take for granted that she cannot do and it makes me work even harder. I am just working hard and trying to make it big so I can help her out. I want to be able to pay for all her medicine and equipment and help her the best I can. With things being the way they are right now with the economy and all that times are tough. So every time I go out there I have Alexis June in mind and I am doing it all for her."
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