4/21/14 STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

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Williams High School football player Harrison Gee is a sophomore, but is rapidly gaining attention from college recruiters.

Alexis Dickerson / Times-News correspondent

Williams High School football player Harrison Gee is a sophomore, but is rapidly gaining attention from college recruiters.

STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Williams sophomore gaining college recruiters’ interest
By Alexis Dickerson, Times-News correspondent The Times-News 4/21/14  
Reprinted with permission.


   Sixteen-year-old football player Harrison Gee is a sophomore at Williams High School. Gee has made an impact on the William’s Offensive Line, starting on the varsity team since he was a freshman.

   As a freshman, he was awarded the Freshman M.V.P. at the National Underclassmen Combine and as a sophomore he made the All-Conference and All Regional 2nd Team. Rapidly gaining recruiters’ interest, Gee has full-ride scholarship offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

   Teens & Twenties: How did you become interested in football?

   Gee: Well, it kind of runs in my family; my dad played in college, my grandparents as far back as I can go and my brothers. It’s kind of in my blood.

   Teens & Twenties: How does it feel like to be a sophomore and have colleges recruiting you already?

   Gee: It’s nice to have something to fall back on, but at the same time I’m not settling for anything. I’m using it as motivation to make myself better.

   Teens & Twenties: What has been your biggest challenge and how have you overcome it?

   Gee: As a sophomore, holding two scholarship offers and being on varsity for two years you kind of have high expectations and people expect a lot from you. Which, if you exceed you’re good, but if you don’t live up to them that’s when problems come up.

   Teens & Twenties: What is your regular routine on a school day?

   Gee: I wake up at 6:30, go to make my breakfast; well, my mom makes my breakfast. I go to school, go to all my classes. I lift weights during fourth block. Then I come home, eat a snack and heard over to the gym to work out a little more. Afterwards I go home, finish my homework and pretty much repeat.

   Teens & Twenties: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?

   Gee: Probably, stay humble, but hungry. Don’t get cocky, but don’t ever settle for anything.

   Teens & Twenties: What is your most embarrassing football story?

   Gee: I still remember my freshman year, one of the first practices. Well, I don’t think it was the first one, but I was going out with varsity and I had my jersey on the wrong way. That’s not a good way to start. (Laughs)

   Teens & Twenties: Favorite Disney movie?

   Gee: I’m not a Disney guy; I did just watch “Frozen” last night, though. You can say that I’m an Olaf lover.

   Teens & Twenties: Favorite food?

   Gee: Grilled chicken.

   Teens & Twenties: What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?

   Gee: There’s quite a few; I’ve got some Taylor Swift, some Miley (Cyrus). You know, you can’t go wrong (with Taylor and Miley).

   Teens & Twenties: If your house were on fire and you could only grab one thing, what would it be?

   Gee: I would just run. (Laughs) I’m not even going to lie, I’d be gone. I’d make sure my family was safe, but then I’d be gone. Things are replaceable.

   Teens & Twenties: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

   Gee: Hopefully in the NFL, but if that doesn’t happen then I want to get into physical therapy and sports science.

   Alexis Dickerson is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.