One of the biggest reasons for Texas Tech's success during the 2008 season was their ability to put pressure on the quarterback by only rushing four. While only one player (Jake Ratliff) in the defensive line two-deep graduates, the Red Raiders still hope to bolster the unit with several 2009 signees.
The G2KU Vital Stats
Name: Romario Cathey
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 275 lbs.
/ 21nd in Tenn.
2008 Statistics: 70 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 16 sacks.
Other offers: Middle Tennessee, Louisville, Memphis
Nashville (TN) Maplewood prospect Romario Cathey is one of those prospects that, in less than four weeks, will sign with Texas Tech. We continue our "Getting to know you" feature with the three-star defensive tackle prospect, who has an excellent chance of making an impact right away.
Thoughts and opinions:
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME?
"I like Julius Peppers. I like his game."
WHAT IS THE BEST FOOTBALL TEAM THAT YOU'VE EVER SEEN, IN PERSON OR ON TELEVISION?
"I like the Titans. The Tennessee Titans."
An up-close and personal look:
DID YOU EVER HAVE AN EMBARASSING MOMENT PLAYING FOOTBALL?
YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CAREER?
"It was when I had hit this guy and he got carried off the field."
DO YOU HAVE A PRE-GAME RITUAL?
"Yes sir. I listen to music. I listen to my iPod."
Thoughts on Texas Tech:
WHAT POSITION WILL YOU BE PLAYING AT TECH?
ARE YOU EXPECTING TO REDSHIRT YOUR FIRST SEASON ON-CAMPUS?
"No sir. I'm gonna get in there and play."
WHAT IS A PERSONAL STRENGTH THAT YOU WILL BRING TO THE TABLE AT TECH?
"Rushing the quarterback and getting into the backfield a little more."
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU NEED TO WORK IN ORDER TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL?
"Just getting stronger."
HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT IS YOUR ROUTINE?
"Yeah. I work out Monday through Friday, then on Saturdays I run. On Saturdays, I chill."
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIEM?
"Play basketball, watch TV, read books."
WHAT FOOD DO YOU LIKE THE BEST?
"Hot wings, pizza, chicken."
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR MUSICAL ARTIST?
"Right now, I'm liking T.I."
WHAT PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH?
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?
"Big Yo. They call me Mario then everyone just started calling me Big Yo."
WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON MAJORING IN AT TECH?
"Right now I'm thinking about business."
HAVE YOU MET ALL OF THE ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS TO ENROLL AT TECH?
A look at the recruiting process:
WHAT ONE THING WAS THE DETERMINING FACTOR IN YOUR DECISION?
"I just like the program. It's a good program. It's a good school and good coaching staff. I feel like I can be a part of the family."
DID THE TEXAS TECH COACHES DO ANYTHING UNIQUE DURING THE PROCESS?
"They were the first school to sit down and talk with me."
IS THERE A TEXAS TECH COACH THAT YOU FEEL ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO?
"Coach Dennis Simmons. He is a pretty cool guy, down to earth and nice."
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE PROCESS?
"The visit. It was pretty nice. The school, football field, and the fans."
WHAT WAS THE WORST MOMENT DURING THE PROCESS?
"It was all good. I had all good moments."
HAVE YOU BECOME FRIENDS WITH ANY PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE RED RAIDERS?