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Michael Divinity, John Ehret linebacker

Divinity, a senior linebacker at John Ehret, is in his third year starting and is considered one of the top linebackers in the country. He is rated a four-star recruit and has scholarship offers from schools all across the country.

What’s the latest on your recruiting?

“I just came back from a visit to Florida State this past weekend. It was a great visit. I’m going to Texas A&M this weekend, Oregon on Sept. 25 and LSU on Oct. 17. That’s it for right now. I plan to make a decision in late October or early November. (Divinity is planning to graduate in December and enroll in college in January).”

How stressful is the recruiting process?

“It can be stressful if you let it be, but it depends on how you handle it. I put everything else first before recruiting. I put my education first, because without that, you can’t play college football anyway. Then I focus on my high school team. You just have to learn how to balance everything.”

Ehret has a big game Thursday against East St. John. How long have you had this one circled on your calendar since they put you all out of the playoffs last year?

“We really try not to look at it like that. We take every week one game at a time. You can’t worry about Week 6 or Week 8. You have to worry about the next game. It’s going to be a great game, and we are just going to have to see how it goes. We just have to stay strong and mentally focused.”

Why do you wear No. 35?

“When I came to Ehret, that’s the number coach Lambert gave me. At one time, I wanted to change. But I made a name for myself with my number, so I decided I should stick to it because it means something to me now.”

What do you do before a game to get pumped up?

“You have to have fun. This sport is a fun game. I sit there and listen to music, everything from Future to Lil Wayne to Lil Boosie. But I’ll get my phone or computer and watch film while I’m listening to go over the formations the other team runs.”

“When did you realize you were a good linebacker?

When I was at John Curtis. (Divinity transferred to Ehret as a sophomore). I moved to the defensive side of the ball, and I noticed how much more happier I was on that side of the ball.”

Who’s your favorite NFL linebacker?

“Jamie Collins (New England Patriots).”

You may not know this, but Jamie was once a quarterback just like you. What made you switch to linebacker?

“I was playing quarterback at Curtis and I asked coach J.T (Curtis) if I could switch. He said if that’s what I wanted to do, he’d let me play it. That’s where I stayed. But playing quarterback really helped me because that’s how I learned to read defenses. Once I started playing defense, that’s where I stayed. I’m glad because I like to hit.”

What made you decide to graduate early and enroll in whatever college you decide in January?

“I only had three classes left, so I talked to my mother and father and coach (Corey) Lambert and they thought I should do it. I think it is going to better me. It will help me get bigger, faster and stronger and get an early start on college life.”

What’s something about you that you want people to know?

“That I stay humble. I don’t ever hang around the wrong crowd. If you see me, it’s going to be with the football players. I am not going to hang around bad crowds. I stick with the people I am around most of the day or my family. Besides that, they should know that I play hard, but it’s grades first.”

What do you want people to be saying about you 10 years from now?

“That he was a great athlete. I transferred here and people thought it was a bad idea, but I made something out of it.”

Rod Walker