The 18th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.
Terry Poole is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Monterey, Calif. He spent his prep career at Seaside High School, where he played offensive tackle. Following high school, Poole went to Monterey Peninsula City College, where he played for two seasons. Poole earned All-California Region III first-team honors as a sophomore, and caught the eyes of several Division 1 schools.
Poole comes to San Diego State as junior, but still has a redshirt season available if needed. He will have three years to play two seasons, but hopes to compete for a starting job on the offensive line immediately. He will wear No. 79 for the Aztecs.
Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I chose SDSU because I think it’s the best place to compete and succeed. I feel it’s the best place for me to develop to go to the next level.
Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: At first they were the hardest workouts I’ve ever done in my life, but they got better and I’m started to get used to it.
Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I am majoring in criminal justice. I am interested in possibly being a probation counselor.
Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m most excited for just playing football. I also hope to keep my grades at a 3.0.
Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: If possible I like to go the beach. I like to play basketball and eat good food. I like to barbecue.
Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I’m a northern California guy, so it has to be the Oakland Raiders. But I am also a Los Angeles Lakers fan too.
Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I look up to Kobe Bryant. I like how he always steps up and handles his business. I also look up to my hometown native Carl Nix. He came from my area and now he is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I would be playing basketball. I played center and power forward for three years in high school.
Q: What has the transition from junior college to a Division 1 football program been like for you?
A: The training is a lot more up-tempo than in junior college. The workouts and training are a lot faster than what I’m used to.
Q: What do you like so far about the city of San Diego?
A: There are a lot of generous people. I like the beaches down here a lot too.
by Hunter Hewitt