The USF class of 2011 has arrived on campus and USFNation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. In our last entry we spoke with Olympia High School outside linebacker Corian Hamilton. In this entry we spoke with Wellington Beach High School offensive lineman Brynjar Gudmundsson. Gudmundsson was a three-year letterman, who earned all-county honors as a senior while tallying 36 pancakes and allowing zero sacks. He was one of the top prospects in the county and was ranked No. 27 prospect in Palm Beach County by the Sun Sentinel's top football prospects for the Class of 2011. He also earned two letters in power lifting.
How has your summer been going so far?
It's been going really good. I've been training hard; I've been trying to lift five times a week. I've just been preparing for Tampa.
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
Yeah, I actually got that a few months ago and I've been sticking to it. It's great, it's nice to have a college workout there for me, so I'm just following it.
What is your current height and weight?
My current height and weight is 6'5" 285 lbs. I was actually at 300 lbs at one point but Coach Patrick told me that he wanted me to lose weight. I shed about 15 lbs and I'm feeling good now.
What were some of the reasons you chose USF?
Basically it's because they have the most to offer me personally. I felt like the coaches built a relationship with me the first day I went to the school and pretty much the first day that Coach Patrick showed up during the spring to take a look at me. I felt right off the bat that this is the right school. I had considered one or two others but once I went to the camp (SuperBull) in Tampa at Raymond James, I knew then 100% that this was going to be my choice.
How exciting is it to finally be enrolling?
Oh man, it's great! I'm definitely ready to start college and start working to see the field eventually. I want to contribute and help win some games as soon as I can.
What are your immediate goals once you step on campus?
My immediate goals are just to compete. Coach Shank told me that he wants two freshmen to play right off the bat and he thinks I potentially could be one of them. So really my main goal is to step in there and play to the best of my abilities. I want to compete and battle with some of the older guys and see where I'm at personally.
I wouldn't have a problem redshirting at all to be honest but I don't know what to expect. I'm just going in there with an open-mind and to see where I feel comfortable. I know the coaches will do what's best for me. So I guess I'm just going to find out.
What position were you recruited for specifically?
I was recruited to play offensive tackle, but I can play any position on the line. So if it's subject to change then it's no problem with me.
As an offensive player, when you step to line of scrimmage what type of defense do you like to see?
Really, I like to see probably a 3-4. I like the 3-4 because I like to get to the second level more: double-teaming and kicking out the ends. Personally, I would prefer a three front but it's nothing to me, I can go against any type of defense at least in high school. I know in college it's a 100% turn-around so I'll expect anything and go all out.
What is your favorite play to run?
I actually like passing the most but if I had to pick a run play I like sweeps the best because I like to get out there on my side, the strongside and lead block and throw some blocks. That's my favorite play, the 57-rocket.
What are some of your strengths as a player?
I definitely feel that one of my strengths is pass protection. I haven't let up a sack in two years. I'd say definitely scoop blocks and getting out there to the five and seven-technique. Coach Patrick told me those are some of my best attributes I have and that's why he liked me a lot. I like to think that I have pretty good feet for my size. I can get out there and run, down blocking, getting to the second level, the third level and that's pretty much my main strong points.
What are some of the things you feel like you need to improve on?
I definitely want to work on keeping low because in high school there wasn't really anybody that measured up to me. Of course there were a couple of guys on every team but for the most part I just had a size advantage. So I feel like I need to perfect my technique to the best of my abilities so that I'll be blocking those guys that are way bigger than me. I want to stay low on them and really just take in everything that Coach Shank tells me and try to perfect it basically.
Is there a player at the college or pro level that you try to model your game after?
If anything it would probably have to be Jake Long (Miami Dolphins LT) because I'm a Dolphins fan and he's one of the best players in the league especially at my position. Just watching him, he's a beast out there. I try to watch him and take down what he's doing because he was the first overall pick and you can't get better than that. I look up to him as a player.
What does Brynjar Gudmundsson bring to USF as a player?
I definitely think I'm hard working, I've been working pretty hard up to this point and whatever the coaches tell me to do; I'll do it at the drop of a hat. They told me to lose weight so I lost weight. I started running and doing some speed training everyday. Eventually, I could be a leader on the team. Obviously, it will take a couple of years but eventually I'll bring leadership and definitely contribute to the offensive line. That's what I'll bring to the team. I have confidence in that.
What is a message you would like to give the USF fans?
I'm coming in there and definitely going to work as hard as I can and work towards the ultimate goal of winning a national championship. I know that everyone in Tampa is waiting for one, we were at that number two spot in the nation at one point but I got my head up high and want to get the team back there eventually. I think we have a great recruiting class with some great guys and we have some good years to look forward to at USF.
Stay tuned with USFNation.com for more interviews of the USF class of 2011.