In less than a month, ESPN 150 offensive lineman John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles) will arrive in Athens and begin the next stage in his life as a college student athlete. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound prospect chose the Bulldogs over programs like Florida, FSU and Notre Dame, and his addition gives Mark Richt a much needed talent boost to the offensive line with the graduation of starters Cordy Glenn, Justin Anderson and Ben Jones. In this feature, Theus discusses his journey from Jacksonville to Athens.
It’s weird to think about where I came from, to where I am now. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was a freshman at 265 pounds and it was my first day of summer workouts. Now I am less than 30 days away from leaving my house for Athens. The last part of my senior year has definitely been a little hectic but also a lot of fun. We just had our senior prom a few weeks ago and with only a couple days of school left, all of my senior friends are ready to head out. I have mixed emotions about leaving home seeing because of how close I am to my family.
But don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely excited about being in Athens with my brother, Nathan, and all the friends I already have up there. Nathan actually is back home now, so my real training for UGA has begun. The workouts that I have been doing are the ones that Coach T [Joe Tereshinski] sent to all of the signees. They are some of the toughest workouts I have done but I know I need them in order to prepare for the 6:30 a.m. summer workouts the best I can.
But now my brother and I are going to see a personal trainer that is going to help with our speed, quickness, and overall football ability. The trainers name is James Coleman and he’s built like a house. He played linebacker at FSU and he is not someone I would want to mess with so I know he will have Nathan and I ready for Coach T’s craziness come
Other than school and workouts I don’t really do much because I don’t have the time. I was throwing shot put but we just had state competition for that two weeks ago. Now the little free time I have is spent with my friends, because I realize that after I leave June 4th, I won’t be seeing very many of them ever again.
I’m trying to spend a lot of time with my little brother, Jeremiah, as well before I leave. He’s only a freshman so I’m trying to teach him everything I know before I head off to be with Nathan. The kid is already 6-3 and 210 pounds and he is a much better athlete than me or Nathan so it will be fun to see what he does in the future. Oh and he’s going to be a better long snapper than Nathan but don’t tell Nate I told y'all that.
The UGA coaching staff has kept in touch with me, especially Coach Bobo and Coach Friend. The main part of our conversations is just them checking in on me and making sure I’m working hard to prepare myself. I know they have high expectations for me and I love a challenge so these next eight months will be fun.
Another common thread of the coaches and my conversations have been the 2013 recruits in my area. They want to stay on my boys Derrick Henry and Brice Ramsey and I feel pretty confident in them two and their decision.
Anyway, it's time for me to go watch Jeremiah at spring practice in their first day of pads! He’s playing linebacker so maybe he’ll hit somebody. Go Dawgs, and I cannot wait to see everyone in Miami on Jan. 7!
Follow John Theus on Twitter: @jtheus71.