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PREP SPOTLIGHT: Grant Humphreys

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J.H. Rose swimmer Grant Humphreys poses in the pool at Aquaventure on Jan. 20, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It’s hard to find a sporting event at which Grant Humphreys isn't a participant. The versatile athlete is just as comfortable with a ball in his hands on the court and field as he is parting water in the pool. High school preps beat writer Jake Keator spoke with Humphreys about his skills and how he balances his time with sports and school.

Q: When did you first start participating in sports?

A: “The first sport I ever did was swimming at age 8 and did that until I was 12, and didn’t start swimming again until sophomore year of high school. I first started football when I was 10 for the Winterville rec league and did that until I was 12. Then I played for my middle school, St. Peter’s, until I went to high school.”

Q: What made you want to pick up another sport instead of swimming?

A: “Honestly, swimming got repetitive and was pretty boring, so I decided to try football and loved it ever since.”

Q: You’re a solid player at every sport you’ve played in high school. What is your trick for being successful at multiple sports? 

A: “I think swimming growing up really got me in shape and allowed for me to adapt a lot easier to other sports. It gave me that initial foundation to build on.”

Q: Along with being a superb athlete, you are an excellent student. How do you balance athletics, your social life and schoolwork? 

A: “Well, it is very difficult to do so, which typically results in me only getting between three and five hours of sleep a night. This year should be easier, but last year I took eight advanced placement classes, so every night I was up late doing work for school.”

Q: Of the sports you participate in which one is your favorite and why? 

A: “I would say football is my favorite sport, followed closely by basketball, then lacrosse and then swimming. Although I don’t play water polo or racquetball competitively, they are by far my two favorite sports and they are what I hope to do for a club team in college.”

Q: Have you decided where you will be attending college?

A: “Assuming I get in, my first choice is UNC.”

Q: What do you want to study and why? 

A: “I honestly have no idea just yet, either business or try to get into dental school like my parents.”

Q: What would be your advice to younger athletes who want to be multi-sport athletes?

A: “It would be to focus on school first and put in the time needed to be the best you can.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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