Johnny Von Paris, John Carroll, football

Q&A --

November 19, 2006|By BILL FREE

A 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior two-way tackle, John Carroll's Johnny Von Paris is attracting attention from the Naval Academy, Cornell, Princeton and Harvard for football and wrestling. Von Paris, who has a 3.8 grade point average, has been invited to play in the Maryland High School All-Star football game Dec. 9.

How does a two-sport athlete maintain a 3.8 GPA?

I'd probably say time management. Just trying to make sure you get all your homework done. Take all your tests and try to work it out.

How close are you to attending the Naval Academy?

I'm interested in attending Navy, but I'm trying to pursue all my options and possibilities. I'm interested in five or six schools. Just to play college football in general would be a dream come true for me.

Would you prefer offensive or defensive tackle in college?

I'd play anything. Whatever gets me on the field. I like both the same.

How tough was it going through a 3-7 season this year?

It's tough, especially when you have some close games like we did. We lost to Gibbons when we fumbled on the 6-inch line and they ended up playing in the MIAA B Conference game. We lost a lot of games by a touchdown or two, but we stuck together. Coach [Sean] Ireton and the coaches kept us together.

Do you ever worry about getting hurt in wrestling and costing yourself a chance for a football scholarship?

It's always a possibility. But the coaches do a great job of keeping us always safe and free from injury. Plus we have a great training staff.

Have you always been big for your age?

I've always been big. But the weightlifting program at school helps a lot.

What's been your biggest high school football accomplishment?

I guess playing in my first varsity game in the 10th grade, playing against the returning state champions, Joppatowne. It was a great game to play in and a great way to come into varsity sports. We lost a close game. It was just a very good game to play in with all the players and all the athletes that were in that game.

How did you do in wrestling last year?

I was 38-8 last season. This year, as a team we want to beat Bel Air, win the conference and place in the states. Wrestling's great -- you just get on the mat and there's no excuses. It's all you.

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