Freshman Linebacker Thomas Cletcher had a tremendous 2015 season, racking up 70 tackles and 6 ½ sacks this year for Fullerton College. And on December 14th, the 6’0” 225-pounder committed to Louisiana Tech. In this interview, we talk about his college choice, his role among his teammates, and his favorite soccer team.
By: Peter Elliott – NFL, MLB, and Recruiting writer – @PelliottSports
Peter Elliott: In December, you committed to Louisiana Tech. Why did you choose the Bulldogs over the University of Texas – San Antonio?
Thomas Cletcher: Well, Louisiana Tech definitely seemed like the right fit for me to continue my college football career. I saw myself moving on to somewhere like that and having a lot of success.
PE: How has playing football at Fullerton College affected your career?
TC: Tremendously. It put me in an excellent spot to get recognized and play at a Division 1 level.
PE: What is one quality you possess that you’d like people to know you have?
TC: My work ethic. I wasn’t blessed genetically, but working hard has blessed me with the opportunities I have today.
PE: Do you consider yourself a leader among your teammates?
TC: Yes sir. I think at my position, you have to be a leader.
PE: What player do you mold your game after/look up to?
TC: [Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker] Ray Lewis. In my personal opinion, he’s the greatest linebacker ever. I’ve been able to watch him play personally.
PE: How will you prepare for the upcoming season? What does your training schedule look like?
TC: I spend time in the weight room every day getting bigger, faster, and stronger. I will also spend a good amount of time putting in speed work as well as on the field.
PE: What do you want to say to fans of Louisiana Tech?
TC: *Marshawn Lynch voice* “You know why I’m here.”
PE: Who is your favorite soccer/football team?
TC: The United States Women’s Soccer team.
That’s a good choice! Thanks to Thomas for doing the interview, and best of luck to him for the upcoming season.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws. You can follow him on Twitter @PelliottSports and email him at [email protected]