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By LARRY VAUGHT
Here’s more from my recent visit with talented receiver Blake Bone of Woodruff, S.C.:
Question: Do you fully appreciate how excited Kentucky football fans were to have you pick UK over other schools and give Neal Brown’s offense a big receiver?
South Carolina WR Blake Bone: “It is a great feeling to have thousands of fans behind you 100 percent. When Kentucky started recruiting me, the BBN was all over me. They are non-stop people and great fans. Whether the football team is doing good or bad, they are supporting them — which is kind of like Woodruff here. We have great fans. That fan base was important. Football has not always been good and it is known more as a basketball school, and when I committed people were telling me it was a basketball school, but I think we have enough people to turn it around and make it more football based. And we definitely have the fans and coaches and everything around it to be solid.”
Question: What’s the biggest reason you came to Kentucky — Drew Barker, Neal Brown’s offense, coach Mark Stoops?
Bone: “You could probably put all those together. It was a no-brainer as a receiver to come in and play in that offense they have. The coaches know what they are doing and get the ball to receivers to make plays, kind of like our offense at Woodruff. It was more of a welcome home feeling knowing they would air it out, which was perfect for me.
“Second, Drew was icing on the cake. Having a guy coming in with his composure and four-star guy that played in the (U.S.) Army All-American Bowl and he’s a great quarterback. Knowing we have somebody get me the ball was great. And the coaching staff, I mean they really did their job well in recruiting. The first year didn’t go as well as Stoops would like, but you can tell his hard work and ambition is paying off by landing a top 25 recruiting class. With the schedule we have, it’s not easy. Knowing guys want to get to Kentucky and make a difference was important to me, so I committed early in August.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
On my way to Columbia, S.C., for the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game, I stopped in Woodruff, S.C., to see UK football signee Blake Bone — a skilled 6-5 receiver.
I have a lot coming with him and his coaches in the days ahead, but I thought you would appreciate what he had to say about offensive coordinator Neal Brown:
Question: Do you remember the first time you met offensive coordinator Neal Brown?
Bone: “Yes I do. I met him in Lexington in his football office. I thought he was a player at first because he looked so young. But he’s a good guy. You can tell he knows what he is doing when he talks to you about everything — routes, route running, getting behind the defense, looking off. You could tell he has been doing this for a while. Don’t let that youthful face fool you because he is the brains of the offense. He has what we need right now.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Running back Mikel Horton was one of 11 Ohio players to sign with Kentucky and knows most of the Ohio signees. “Can’t say it is an Ohio movement, but if one commits, all commit,” Horton said. “Ohio is a small state, so we know each other and talk about going to school together.”
Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, like coach Mark Stoops, is an Ohio native who had connections to many of the players, including Horton.
“He is a crazy guy. He is the type guy that showed up when he was allowed to come to the house and chilled with my grandmother, chilled with my family, talked, played board games. He is very interactive. He tried to be part of the family as much as possible. He’s the main reason I picked Kentucky. He’s an amazing person. (Running backs coach) Chad Scott and Neal Brown, that whole group is special and influenced me to come here.”
Marrow joked that Horton is a guy that don’t shut up” ever when asked if he let Horton beat him in any board games.
“But that’s why we kept most of the class (together). He’s a strong, opinionated young man. I just think … he said he’s going to beat me at basketball, which he probably could right now. No, I didn’t let him win anything I could sit down and compete with. I beat him. I won,” Marrow said. “We played cards, we played Monopoly. He’s a competitive young man. He’ll try to beat you in everything. But you know what? Our whole staff was like that. Our whole team is like that. We want guys who try to compete and want to compete.”
He said a long home visit like he had with Horton was the norm with this recruiting class.
“Some of these visits went for three hours. Like, honestly, coach Stoops said you think you’re in there for an hour, and it’s just the type of families we’re recruiting. I mean, (former assistant) coach Bradley Dale Peveto will tell you. We’ll go in there thinking we’ll be in there for an hour and 20 minutes, we end up being there three hours. Just the type of kids we recruited,” Marrow said. “We was chilling with his grandmother. Very, very nice lady. But you know, Mikel. He’s probably out there talking right now. It’s just how he is, but we love we got that young man here.”
Horton wouldn’t quit talking about his expectations for what lies ahead at UK, either.
“The legacy of this class is why not be here, why not go to the NFL, why not win a national championship,” Horton said. “Nobody is holding us back. We are going to put in the work for the fans of Kentucky and ourselves and become something special.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
If Warren East linebacker Eli Brown had to make his college choice today, the four-star prospect said “it would be UK” but he doesn’t plan to make his final decision until the end of his senior season.
“Right now I am just trying to stay low key and not get that much into recruiting,” said Brown. “A lot of coaches are calling, but I am not too big on that.”
The 6-2, 192-pound Brown decommitted from Vanderbilt in October after giving the Commodores a verbal pledge in June. He also has scholarship offers from Ohio State and Western Kentucky. He had 50 tackles and 1,186 rushing yards with 15 touchdowns in 2013 for Warren East before tearing his ACL in the final game of the regular season.
“I want to wait to summer and take my visits. I don’t want to get behind in school,” Brown, who attended UK’s junior day earlier this month, said. “I am a pretty decent student, but this year has been kind of rocky. I went through surgery, missed some school and now I want to make sure my grades stay up.
“I have my strength back in my quad now. I got past the painful part of the rehab and in about two months I can start getting my running stuff down. I am moving along pretty fast in my recovery.”
Brown admits he “went way too early” when he made his verbal commitment to Vanderbilt and then changed his mind even before coach James Franklin left for Penn State after the season.
“At first all was great and I was excited. I was young (when I committed). It was more pressure by family than anybody. I was not ready. I just decided to lay back and de-committed. Penn State got a great coach, but that’s too far from home for me,” Brown said. “I have a lot of interest in Kentucky. It is not far from where I live. My whole family is UK fans.”
His primary recruiter at Kentucky has been offensive coordinator Neal Brown.
“He is a real cool dude. I have a real good connection with him. He comes down to see me as often as possible,” Brown said.
The Warren East star knows his college future is on defense, not offense.
“All the offers I have got are at linebacker,” he said. “They all like my versatility and love that I can play both sides of the ball. They do tell me how good I look on offense, but they all say I am great on defense.
“I am not the kind of guy that wants a spot given to me. I like to compete. I have talked to coach Brown and coach (Mark) Stoops a little bit about my size for being a linebacker in the SEC. I am not opposed to redshirting my first year. If they think redshirting is best for me, I am fine with that at any school. I have a dad that sets me straight and tells me stuff to make sure I don’t get a big head about anything.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Caldwell County quarterback Elijah Sindelar continues to receive strong recruiting interest from Kentucky despite some internet speculation that the talented junior is not on UK’s 2015 radar.
Caldwell coach David Barnes said Sunday that Kentucky, Purdue and Mississippi are Sindelar’s top three choices. Kentucky and Purdue have been there for months with Ole Miss now in the mix after a recent visit from Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze.
“He went to a game at Mississippi during the season and the offensive coordinator came right after Christmas break and then coach Freeze came with the offensive coordinator to see him,” said Barnes. “But the two that have recruited him the hardest all along are Kentucky and Purdue. They have been the most consistent.”
Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown recently visited Sindelar, and brough head coach Mark Stoops with him once. Purdue tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Gerad Parker, a former UK player, has been just as persistent.
Sindelar completed 196 of 303 passes for 3,374 yards and 44 touchdowns with eight interceptions last season and ran 61 times for 424 yards and seven scores. In 2012, he was 203 of 327 passing for 2,961 yards and 32 scores with eight interceptions and ran 64 times for 447 yards and seven scores. As a freshman in 2011, he completed 186 of 317 passes for 2,693 yards and 19 scores and 16 picks.
The 6-4 Sindelar has thrown for 9,028 yards and 95 scores in his three-year career. He will go into his senior season needing 39 touchdown passes to break the state career record of 133 shared by Tim Couch of Leslie County and Ricky Bowling of South Laurel.
Sindelar is also a star baseball player who could be a high draft pick in 2015 — about four months after he can sign his national letter-of-intent to play football.
“My education is more important to me than anything,” Sindelar said in a December interview. “I am going to college to get an education. If baseball gives me a full ride (to college), I don’t know what I would do. I would probably still play football because I know you would get a full ride (scholarship).”
Barnes said he’s seen no indication that Kentucky’s interest has waned at all and has had no signs that Sindelar has lost interest in UK.
“Neal has recruited him as well as anybody that has recruited him,” Barnes said. “Neal has always been here when he was allowed. Kentucky has probably been the most consistent school recruiting him.”
Barnes said speculation that Drew Barker’s presence at UK might keep his star player from being interested in UK is off base. He noted how Purdue also just had a highly-touted recruited that reached the finals of the Elite 11 quarterback competition enroll in January and had a redshirt freshman play last season.
“There is competition everywhere at that level,” Barnes said.
While Sindelar — a 4.0 student who plans to major in engineering — has indicated he would like to make a decision sometime this spring, Barnes would not be surprised if that decision comes sooner.
“It would not surprise me if he would not come out and make his commitment sometime this week. I do not know that he will do that because he has not said that to me. But the way some things have been said, it could happen in the next week or so,” the Caldwell coach said.
By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: What does he like about running back Stanley ”Boom” Williams and receiver Blake Bone?
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown: “Boom? He is a guy that’s really a perfect fit for our offense. He’s big enough to pick up the blitz. He can run inside and outside. We can use him inside the slot some as well. He’s really, really fast, OK? He has the ability to make people miss in space. He’s really a great get by coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto, to go into Atlanta and a kid who was committed to Georgia for a long time and bring him up. Great family, going to make a big contribution.
“Blake Bone? That was our No. 1 goal in the receiver corps this year. We had to get size and I think if you look at our roster right now of guys that played last year, really we didn’t have anybody over that 6-foot, 6-foot-1 range and everybody can run in this league, but you’ve got to have length. Because regardless of how fast you are, length wins and we felt like we added two guys with great lengths. Coach (Tommy) Mainord went and got one of the top kids out of South Carolina, which is a great testament to him, and he’s a guy who needs to put on some weight, get stronger, but I thought he had two really good all-star showings in the Shrine Bowl and Offensive/Defensive Bowl against some really great opponents. Feel good about him coming in and being able to help us right away.”
Question: Was he surprised UK had a top 25 recruiting class this quickly?
Brown: “I think that’s something that’s been asked a few times in different ways and I’m not overly surprised and this being why. The location we have is really centrally located. You can get to a lot of places within a six-hour radius and I think coach Stoops, he himself is a tremendous recruiter, and he hired a bunch of guys that can really relate to the young guys, the kids we’re recruiting. Has some really good connections and can evaluate and then you add onto that the schematic success that D.J. (Eliot) and Mark had at Florida State and that we’ve been able to have at Texas Tech and Troy and those type of places and then on top of that, all of the things that are going on on campus. We talked about the dorms, you know, our guys are going to be living in brand-new dorms when they get here. That’s a little thing that people think of, but that’s big. Then you have the stadium renovation and the new practice facility.”
Question: What are his thoughts on receiver Dorian Baker?
Brown: “He came to camp here and he was (pause) physically, he looks the part. He’s 6-3, he’s going to be 215-220 pounds when he gets here and basically for this offense, what we’re looking for, is some guys who are really fast who can really beat you over the top. Guys like Jeff Badet. We want some guys who are really solid that are strong, that can kind of do everything, guys like Javess Blue, Thaddeus Snodgrass, once he matures is going to be one of those types of guys.
“And then you want little guys who can make you miss, not real little, but Ryan Timmons type of kids that maybe can play a little running back. And then you want big, physical guys, guys like Alex Montgomery and guys like Dorian Baker that you can play inside or play on the outside and they’re physically imposing. They’re bigger than their nickels or their corners and Dorian’s going to be one of those guys. He’s a guy that I’m really excited about. I think he’s raw right now, but when he really gets honed in on that position and is training year-round to be a great receiver, I think he’s going to have a tremendous career here.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Question: What makes him believe Drew Barker can compete for the starting quarterback job as a freshman?
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown: “He’s got the intangibles first of all. I think he’s got tremendous leadership skills, great character. He loves the game of football, studies. The tangible skills that he has: he gets the ball out of his hands fast, physically he’s ready. He’s about 215 pounds right now. I think we’ve got to keep in mind he’s 18 years old. He’s still technically in his last year of high school, or should be anyway. So I think we’ve got to keep our expectations in check, but he has those abilities that will give him the opportunity to come in and compete. He’s going to be thrown into the fire this spring.”
Question: Did Drew Barker’s prominence in the Super Bowl ad that ran on Lexington TV is indicative of his place on the team?
Brown: “I’m not sure our marketing people asked coach Stoops or myself. Nah, it was good, it just happened that he was right at the forefront. All those new guys were there, offense and defense, thought our marketing people did a tremendous job. They had every different uniform combination was in that commercial. But, no, he’s got to go win it. It’s no different than the other guys: Thaddeus Snodgrass going in at wide out. They’re going to win their playing time and it’s the same thing with him.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky didn’t win a Southeastern Conference game, lost to in-state rivals Louisville and Western Kentucky, and finished the season just 2-10. Yet freshman running back JoJo Kemp said the year did not shake his confidence at all in the program or himself.
“I am one of those guys that will keep that humbleness and confidence in me and just try to get the job done,” said Kemp, who led UK with 482 yards rushing . “There are a lot of great players on this team and a lot of great leaders. We had some seniors that led the team correctly and I was pleased to have them teaching me.
“I just want to keep building. I came here for a reason and I won’t lose focus of the task at hand. I am just going to keep grinding on and off the field and in the classroom, weight room and just get this ship moving.”
Offensive coordinator Neal Brown wants Kemp to be one of those that keeps the “ship moving” forward. He had a long run of 47 yards and caught nine 56 passes for 56 yards. His numbers likely would have been even better if he had not been hampered by ankle injuries.
“I think he learned a lot. I don’t really feel like our young guys ever questioned themselves,” Brown said. “I think they are disappointed and they got frustrated in the outcomes and how things were going, but I don’t think they lost confidence. He (Kemp) was banged up and had some ankle injuries that we didn’t make a big deal out of that are not long term, but he was not as explosive as he was early.
“It’s so hard to depend on freshmen because it is a 12-week grind. In high school they are not going against the same competition week in, week out and the level of contact and the load on them is so hard here. Their bodies get so wore down, and I think he did that. But he’s going to be a productive player. He’ll be much more explosive next year than he was this year.”
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says because Kemp was not “100 percent healthy” late in the year it impacted his play.
“He needs to physically get bigger and continue to develop, and he will,” Stoops said.
Kemp said he planned to “get my ankles fixed, rehab, get in the weight room and get bigger and just keep fighting” to get better during the offseason.
“The amount of cuts I have to make, it (the ankle injury) kind of limited me a couple of times at the end of the year,” Kemp said after UK’s season ended. “I am fine. I am just one of those tough players that can fight through pain. I don’t make excuses for myself. I am just going to get better on and off the field and just trying to be the dominant player I know I can be.”
Kemp called this a “learning” season for him.
“Just learning the game speed. Playing in the SEC, it is the top conference and just getting down the speed and learning new techniques, picking up blitzes, and just learning the playbook. It is a lot different,” he said. “Six or seven months ago I was in the high school playoffs. It has been a learning year and I know what I have to do to get better. I am going to get my ankles fixed and get bigger and get that mentality other SEC players have got and become that dominant player I was in high school.
“I want to make college like the same thing like in high school that I had where every time I got the ball, I just made plays. That’s what I want to do. I know I have got it in me and the coaches know I have it in me. I just want to make them proud and make my community back home proud and make the city of Lexington proud because I know this program will be changing and there are a lot of people behind it. I just want to make everybody proud so we can have a good time in Lexington, Ky.”
He’s convinced the good times can come, too.
“We’ve got a quarterback (signee Drew Barker) in, so that’s going to make more competition, so everybody’s going to get better, and that’s what it’s all about,” Kemp said. “We’re trying to get this ship moving. I came here for a reason, and that’s to win. I see it. We’re going to get this program moving and things will change. I’m going to always have faith in this team, this coaching staff.”
Brown anticipates the increased competition — transfer Braylon Heard and signees Mikel Horton and Stanley Williams — will help push and motivate Kemp next season, too.
“To improve, you have got to have competition. We have got to get competition on our offensive line, wide out. We have to get more numbers. With that, you have better outcomes,” Brown said. “And JoJo, he’ll embrace that. Everybody that is great does.”
“Of course it motivates you. That’s what it is all about. Great players coming in to keep us all on our toes and getting better and not wanting to lose your job,” Kemp said. “That is what changes the program around. You get the best out of everybody because everybody wants to see the field. It’s a great thing.
“I am not mad at anybody. I am not down at competition that is coming in. It is just going to help each other get better each and every day. When you have guys that are selfish, that is just going to lead the program in a bad direction. I am not one of those guys. We won’t tolerate it. When guys come in, we are going to help them just like we got helped when we got here.
“It’s all about the program, not me, and I like that we are getting good people. We are rebuilding and I want to see this program change. It don’t matter if I am playing or not. I just want to win. That’s what should matter to us all.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
While Vince Marrow got a promotion to recruiting coordinator for his efforts to help Kentucky land a top 20 recruiting class, UK head coach Mark Stoops made it clear Wednesday on national signing day that recruiting was a team effort for the Wildcats.
“Vince has done a great job, everybody knows that, and he has a great ability to connect with these recruits and their families,” Stoops said. “I will say that is a credit to the whole staff. With being from Ohio and myself — I helped Vince out there too. But being from Ohio and having our whole staff actively recruited every one of those (11) guys (who signed).
“So I do give Vince credit. That’s why he got the promotion that he deserved, but it was a staff. It was a group effort. He does a great job. I said that a year ago. I say it again. He’s a joy to go into a home with. He’s got that sewed down. You know, it’s just fun to go in there.
“I will say, again, don’t look at just numbers. Look at some of the things this staff did, and it really amazes me. Coach (D.J.) Eliot pulling in Lloyd Tubman at the 12th hour.
“Neal Brown and John Schlarman — everybody was talking about different guys and their obstacles with recruiting that day when the ice storm hit. They were in Alabama. I think they were in the car for four or five hours and went three miles, and they parked their car and walked the last mile to the school, and then they got locked down in the school for the night. So they slept in the school.”
Then there was the approach that assistant Chad Scott took.
“I go to the home visits and just the connection that he has with the family, and seeing him and them talking about how Chad was in their classes, going to class with them from morning all the way through, just sitting in classes. I think they asked him to get up and do some literature or something, and he said that would be a (NCAA) violation,” Stoops smiled and said.
“But just the connection that they all have. Tommy Mainord going in and pulling guys out of the D.C. area and South Carolina, beating quality schools there. I could go on and on. Coach (Bradley Dale) Peveto, all of them. I don’t want to slight any of them. I just think all of them did an excellent job. You don’t sign a class like this in the situation we’re in without everybody doing their part.”
Marrow, who came to UK from Nebraska to coach tight ends, said selling the UK program was easy.
“This state sales this program. I thought it was basketball, and they are pretty good in basketball, but they love their football here. Lot of parents came down and were very impressed,” Marrow said.
Mainord said taking football recruits to UK home basketball games in Rupp Arena is a huge tool.
“A lot of these guys in this class were at basketball games last February,” Mainord said.
Brown, a Kentucky native, said signing what UK considered the state’s best four players — quarterback Drew Barker and defensive linemen Matt Elam, Lloyd Tubman and Adrian Middleton, was pivotal for future success, too.
“It was a team effort. I think it’s a huge for the success of our program to keep kids that are the best players and best fits for us to keep them home. We felt like the four best players in the commonwealth this year were fits for our program,” Brown said. “It was a great team effort to get those guys.
“It started when Drew came on board. He set the ball rolling. Adrian Middleton is a guy not talked about as much as other people, but he can play. D.J. Eliot is the one that really recruited Lloyd Tubman the last month and developed a relationship with his mother. The big guy, Matt, we had to go in and beat some of the best programs in the country.”
By LARRY VAUGHT
Matt Elam ended months of speculation about his college choice by announcing today that he would sign with Kentucky, not Alabama, next week.
The 6-6, 380-pound defensive lineman from John Hardin High School is considered a five-star recruit by 247Sports.com, four-star player by Scout.com and ESPN.com and three-star player by Rivals.com. He’s ranked as high as the 21st best player.
He’s the 28th — and final member — of Kentucky coach Mark Stoops’ 2014 recruiting class and should assure that the Wildcats have a top 15 recruiting class when the national signing period ends.
Elam thanked various coaches and administrators at his school as well as family members before picking UK.
“I think the main reason for staying is to help my home state,” Elam said after making his announcement.
Elam was one of two priority in-state recruits for Kentucky along with Conner quarterback Drew Barker, who picked UK over South Carolina and is already enrolled at Kentucky. He was named a U.S. Army All-American and also won the Paul Hornung Award winner given to the state’s top player.
His forte is expected to be stopping the run, a necessity for successful teams in the Southeastern Conference and an annual weakness at Kentucky.
“They told him from the start how much he could help them build the program and how important it was to keep players like him in the state,” John Hardin coach Chad Lewis said.
Elam leaned heavily on Lewis during the recruiting process and the coach went on official visits as well as unofficial visits with his star player.
“Coach Lewis has been with me since elementary school and gym class in the first or second grade,” Elam, who says Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is his favorite player, said.
He’s so close to Lewis that when he injured his knee late in his senior season, Lewis’ wife supervised his rehabilitation.
But Elam says his mother “played the No. 1 role in my life” and staying close to home to play will make it easier for her and his sister to see him play.
“She has been there the whole time to support me in any way. She thought I was going to commit kind of early but then I decided to wait and she told me that was perfect to be committed and be solid and not de-commit. She is just very supportive of me,” Elam, who originally planned to commit at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January before changing his mind.
He says they don’t really talk “academics or sports” at home.
“It is just like me being a son. I can trust her and tell her if I am having fun or talk about if I got to meet this person. I can tell her the fun and sad things,” Elam said. “I never talk to her just about academics except I did talk to her about qualifying (academically) before when I wasn’t sure if I would qualify and then I got the 21 on my ACT to qualify and that was kind of smooth and she was happy.
“Football, I can’t really talk that with her because she doesn’t understand about the techniques and all that. It is kind of weird talking to her about football, but I think she is understanding more now because of all the visits (from coaches) and trips she has gone on. She has been kind of pressured with all the coaches coming in. But she got to meet them and talk to them and see why I am considering them.”
He said he learned the value of discipline, which helped him in football, early from his mother.
“She used to beat the heck out of me but now I don’t want to give her any more stress. I don’t want her to worry about me being this bad kid, so I try to be the best kid that I can be. She doesn’t really discipline me now because I don’t give her that stress to be worried about me in that way,” Elam said.
Elam said for months he wanted to play, not redshirt, to start his college career even though both Lewis and Elam admit he will have to lose weight to play in the SEC. He likes the returning talent on UK’s defensive front with ends Za’Darius Smith and Bud Dupree along with junior college signee Cory Johnson and redshirt freshman Regie Meant.
“Then we Denzil (Ware) coming in to play and he can do the same kind of things that Jason Hatcher did last year,” Elam said. “I feel like the defensive line is definitely SEC-caliber and can compete with the Alabamas and everyone else. I feel like that’s going to be the strong point at Kentucky.”
Elam is also a believer in Barker’s ability and readily admits that Barker deserves credit for helping persuade players, including him, to pick Kentucky.
“I think Drew is that home in-state kid that just chose to jump on board. He had some choices to go out of state. I think a lot of people like him and love him because he did stay in state,” Elam said. “He could have left and I think it would have been kind of different if he had. But he stayed and he’s a fun kid that everybody likes.
“I say Drew helped the recruiting class a lot. He could recruit the receivers he wants to throw to because nobody wants to come to a class that doesn’t have a QB. All the receivers know he is a good QB and stuff. Drew is also a very dominant player.”
Elam acknowledged the recruiting process had been stressful, but he also will keep a lot of good memories.
“Just all the things that I got to see on all these visits. Going to all these schools and everybody I got to meet was great,” Elam said. “It is a blast to do this. It can be stressful, but I never let it really get to me. I felt like everybody has a better life and a worse life, so I know a lot of people would kill to be in my shoes, so I never took any of this for granted.”