CLEVELAND — Got a chance Wednesday afternoon to sit down with Trey Lance's parents, Carlton and Angie, shortly after I arrived in Cleveland. We met in the lobby of their hotel downtown, not far from where the NFL Draft will be held Thursday night. In fact, looking out of their hotel, you could see FirstEnergy Stadium and the Lake Erie lakefront where many of the draft activities will be held.

That 25-minute conversation led to a column I wrote Wednesday night that is posted at My main takeaway from chatting with the Lances — partially because their answers resulted from the questions I asked — was what it was like to be the parents of a 20-year-old (that is so young!) who is about to become more nationally famous than he already is and oh-by-the-way extremely wealthy.

You can read that column by clicking here: On eve of NFL draft, Trey Lance's parents 'at peace'

Because of time and space limitations in The Forum's e-edition, I couldn't use everything about which we talked. So, thanks to the magic of bandwidth and the literary freedom of a blog, here are a few questions and answers I didn't get in last night's column.

Which team do you think will choose former NDSU quarterback Trey Lance in the first round of the NFL Draft?

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  • San Francisco 49ers


  • Atlanta Falcons


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I was joined in the interview by WDAY-TV's Zach Staton, who is also in Cleveland for Forum Communications Co.

Some of the answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Q: Just tell us what this is all like. Are you swimming? Are you going, 'my gosh I can't believe this happening?' What are you thinking?

Angie Lance: "I would say yes, we're swimming. It's really overwhelming. No. 1 the support is incredible. Everyone who is reaching out, you want to give them some type of response. They are taking the time to support our son, so you want to respond in some way, shape or form. But it gets overwhelming. And then trying to give Trey the time he would like to have with us and he's really super busy. So we're trying to fit as much in as we can and we expect to be exhausted by the end of the week and that's OK."

Carlton Lance: "We wouldn't trade it for the world. To have this opportunity for our child is just phenomenal. We're not complaining by any means."

Q: Is it more than you thought? We talked in Frisco and I remember Angie saying she didn't know what it was going to be like for Trey being the starting quarterback at NDSU and all the attention and all the pressure that goes with that.

Angie Lance: "It's beyond what I could have ever imagined ... what these people who have decided to take this path, what it takes to get through this. It's more than I could've imagined and I'm glad I didn't know, honestly. There's been a lot of sleepless nights on my part, just all of the unknowns. It's just a lot of uncertainty and what's the next step. It's been a lot of sleepless nights, but if you know us, you know the one thing we believe is that God has a plan for Trey and he has taken advantage of every opportunity the last seven months. Anything that's been suggested he try to do, he's done. Anything anyone has invited him to, he's taken them up on that and done that. He's done everything he can and now we are just waiting to see what the plan is that's revealed."

Q: So, Carlton, how is Trey handling this?

Carlton Lance: "I think he's handled it phenomenally. He is who you see out there. He stays right there. He doesn't get high, he doesn't get low. Right now he's doing some things for some media stuff for a few hours. He had to do it the other day for a few hours and it is what it is. He just kind of stays in there. He gets up in the morning and says, 'I gotta do this, I'm scheduled and I need to get it done.' I haven't seen him complain about one thing or look anxious. It's like a job. He's like, 'I have to get this done.' So he gets up early and gets it done."

Angie Lance: "He is surrounded by really good people He is surrounded by people who literally every morning send him a schedule that says here's what you're doing at 7 a.m. and when your down time is and they make sure he gets that. He's not perfect, though. He did snap at his mother at lunch today, so he is not perfect. I can tell he's a little on edge because it's not like Trey to snap at me. There's a little bit of something going on there, but he's doing great."

Q: Has anything surprised you with this process? Has anything made you say, "Whoa. Didn't expect that?" Or did you talk to enough people and gather enough information that everything has gone about like you expected?

Carlton Lance: "With his agent we were kind of brought up to speed on everything that was going to happen. Again, this is something that's totally different so nobody has a blueprint of what's happened during COVID. For as much as they could, they laid out what things were going to look like and things pretty much fell into place. Again, I mean, it's been six months, eight months. It seems like three years that he's been going through it. It's been tough for us, as a family, with him going away to be in Atlanta, going to California, going here and not being around us. We had to put trust into the people who were going to be around him. To that point, we've been blessed with the people who have been in his corner and been on his team who have been helping."

Q: Are you prepared for what's to come? Nobody wants to talk about money, but Trey is about to become a very wealthy young man. He's going to be talked about nationally. He's going to be under a microscope. He's either going to be a hero or the worst person in whatever town he's in. All of that is coming his way. Are you ready? Is he ready?

Carlton Lance: "I think he's as prepared as he's going to be. A 20-year-old man who gets put into those situations, the only thing he can have is our guidance and letting him know what we feel. We don't hold back on how we feel about certain things. He might not like to hear it, but we let him know, 'Hey, this is what I see. This is what you should do.' He's been very mature at taking that in. It might not seem like he's taking it in at that time, but he's taking it in. He'll say, 'OK, that makes sense.'

"It's all relative. It's almost like taking over after Easton Stick. You take over after Easton Stick, who just won a national championship, you have to go out there and perform. If not, NDSU fans will ... you'll hear about it. Which is a good thing. You go to certain places because they do prepare you for these things as well. I know this is on a national scale, but he's been getting picked apart for six months now. I don't know how much meaner they can get on Twitter and stuff like that. As long as they can't touch him, it's words. He knows what he needs to do. It is what it is. We've talked about it. All he needs is one team. It doesn't matter if you go first, third, fourth, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. It doesn't matter. We just need that one team to take a chance on him and then from there do the same thing you did at NDSU.

Q: What is that like as a parent to see your son dissected in every possible way?

Angie Lance: "They can say whatever they want about football. I know Trey is a good football player. He's not a perfect football player, no one is. It's fine. They can say whatever they want. Once he gets to the NFL, he's going to have a bad game. He's going to throw interceptions. They are going to have a lot to say about it. But I know he's a good football player. He's going to be just fine.

"However, when people start to question Trey's character, that's when I become extremely protective because it's not fair. You're not going to find a better person. You're not going to find anyone who is going to stand up for you, whoever you are. Trey is a wonderful person. He is going to stand up for what he believes is right, every single time. People don't always like that. We've felt that, unfortunately. That's when I become very offended and defensive because it's not fair to him. He's a wonderful young man and he has a high character."

Carlton Lance: "Everybody and their brother and sister are critics. You have 12 year olds putting out podcasts. ... People who really know, know. ... I'm not worried about those things. I know they are going to be out there. I know they are going to say these things. It is what it is. That's life. You have to roll with things and move on.

"I can't get worked up about that. The only thing I get worked up about is the personal attacks and stuff like that. I'm not as kind and gentle as my son, so I will get into more Twitter spats. It's fine. When you're in this position, that's the rules of engagement."

Q: Would you have a preference as to what team drafts him?

Carlton Lance: "We just want the best situation for him. This whole situation mirrors his college recruitment. He didn't throw the ball enough. We don't know how good he is. The competition he played in Marshall. It's an absolute rinse and repeat of his high school recruitment. Even though it's on film, they don't that they've seen enough. You can take verbatim what they said then and what they are saying at the pro level. We want the best situation. We want that one team that believes in his skills and wants him to be their guy."

Q: What have you learned about Trey during this process?

Carlton Lance: "We got a good kid. I mean, we knew it. But he's gone above and beyond the way he's handled the pressures, getting pulled in different areas. He's been professional the way he's handled everything. He's been well-spoken. I'm a proud dad and she's a proud mom. Just super proud of him and how he's done."

Q: How are your nerves one day before the draft?

Angie Lance: "My nerves are shot."