On July 1st, John Lilly (Strake Jesuit) made his announcement that he will be attending Texas State University in 2016 via his Twitter account.

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Lilly is a 6-foot, 270-pound high school senior defensive tackle who can run a 40-yard dash in a very impressive 4.92 seconds. Yes you read that correctly. To put that in perspective, Lilly has posted a faster 40-yard dash time than Malcolm Brown (5.05 seconds) and Arik Armstead (5.10 seconds), who were both selected in this years first round of the NFL draft by the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers respectively.


Despite being constantly double teamed, Lilly led all District 19-6A defensive linemen in solo tackles in his junior year. Along with football, he also plays lacrosse, which he says helps him with his footwork on the football field.

Besides football and lacrosse, John says he likes to hunt and fish. But what else is there to know about John Lilly? I’m glad you want to know, I had the pleasure of asking him some questions over the weekend and here is what he had to say.

Jeff Cerda: Hello John, thank you for your time. I’d like to ask you some questions so that the fans of Texas State and Texas Redzone Report can get to know you a little better if that’s alright.

John Lilly: Hello, I wouldn’t mind answering a few questions! 

JC: Alright, let’s get started. So tell me, when did you first start playing football?

JL: I first started playing football when I was in second grade (8 years old).

JC: What is your favorite sports memory?

JL: My favorite football memory is making my first sack on varsity as a sophomore. My favorite sports memory would be winning the championship in baseball when I was 9 years old.

JC: Who was your favorite coach to play for and why?

JL: My favorite coach to play for was my dad because there is a special bond you make when you get to play for your dad.

JC: What song(s) get you hyped for games?

JL: Houston by Slim Thug and Jungle remix by X Ambassadors.

JC: Do you have any pregame rituals?

JL: The pregame rituals for me are taping my wrists and writing my favorite scripture on them (Philippians 4:13) and I also write my uncles initials who has passed away.

JC: Who is your favorite athlete?

JL: My favorite athlete is (former Chicago Bear) Brian Urlacher.

JC: Any influence on the number you wear?

JL: No, no influence on the number I wear for football.

JC: What made you decide to pick Texas State?

JL: Everything just felt right, I love the campus, I love the coaches, I love the facilities and I love the school.

JC: Who or what motivates you to play better?

JL: My uncle Scott Meyers motivates me to play better. Also, proving that a shorter player can make a huge impact and be a good player motivates me to play better.

JC: Do you play any other sports? If so, what have you learned from them that you apply to football?

JL: I play lacrosse and it helps my footwork and endurance so I am quicker and faster for football.

JC: Tell us something about you that not many people know.

JL: I am an Eagle Scout! (highest rank available in the Boy Scout program)

JC: What is the best advice you have ever been given?

JL: “Win or lose, give the glory to God” -My parents and “You play for your brothers to the left and right of you and the seniors who won’t be playing this sport again”-My high school coach James Clancy. 

JC: What are some of your team & personal goals this season?

JL: For my personal goals, I would like to get 10 sacks and beat my total tackles from last year (62), preferably get 70+ total tackles. And as for team goals, we would like to make the playoffs and I believe we have the potential to make playoffs.

JC: If you could be in any movie or tv show, which one would it be? 

JL: I would be in Walking Dead, Band of Brothers, Country Bucks or Duck Dynasty.

JC: Besides football, what else do you enjoy doing?

JL: I enjoy hunting and fishing and I enjoy hanging out with my girlfriend Carly and my friends. 

JC: One last thing before I let you go, tell the fans of Texas State what to expect when you make it to San Marcos.

JL: When I get to Texas State, people can expect a hardworking, highmotor kid who is ready to prove himself!

JC: Again, I thank you for your time, I look forward to seeing you play in San Marcos and I look forward to speaking to you again in the future. Good luck with your upcoming season.

JL: Anytime and thank you! 

Prior to this post, I spoke with Des Smith of Odessa Permian, who also recently committed to Texas State. Along with Smith, Lilly is a very solid addition to the Bobcat defense and this recruiting class is starting to shape up very nicely overall for Texas State.

This is going to be one program to definitely keep an eye on. Stay tuned to see who else I am able to track down and speak with next time. Thanks for reading.

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Jeff Cerda is the founder and editor at Heel/Face Wrestling, and is also a reporter for Texas Redzone Report, Bobcats Insider and FightScribe.com.

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