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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jeremy Deering, FS, Rutgers

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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jeremy Deering, FS, Rutgers 

Rutgers senior Jeremy Deering is a good athlete who is one of the most versatile players in the nation. While that versatility probably has hurt Deering’s college career because he hasn’t been able to settle in at one position, it should make him more intriguing to NFL scouts. Deering (6-feet-2, 200 pounds) has good speed and size; he combines a burst with elusiveness and also has good hands. He has played wide receiver and running back for the Scarlet Knights, and has been an effective kick returner. This fall, for the first time since his senior season in high school, Deering will play defense: He is the all-but-certain starter at free safety, one of three new starters for the Scarlet Knights in the secondary.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

There were about 30 to 40 schools recruiting me out of high school.

Where did you choose and why?

I chose Rutgers University because I felt like that’s the next step god had planned for my life. Visiting Rutgers felt like a home away from home and it was a great opportunity for me to see some early playing time.

What were your goals for your senior year?

My goals for my senior year were lead by action and help my team in anyway I can even if it goes unnoticed

At your position, what separates you from the others?

Experience of playing offense and understanding of what am offense tries to do to a defense and closing speed. Will not be out worked

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

When breaking down film the first thing u have to see is what is this team good at, what did they do against the team that ran your similar defense. Who are their go to guys? Split tendencies? Does the qb stare down Recievers or does he look off people. Run-pass ratio. Etc

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Jacoby Jones similar body type

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

I would say having to keep on going after my mother passed my freshman year. I overcame it by my family, the people at Rutgers University, the way I was raised, and making the decision internally that I’m going to be strong for my mom and family and make them proud of me each and everyday even if they are not around to see it

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to play multiple positions and adjust to any situation

What is your biggest weakness?

Not trusting what I see all the time.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

I would tell him how I could help the team win and that I was almost all the special teams in college. I can also play many different positions. I’m a fast learner.

Growing up, who was your role model?

I didn’t really have one there was not one person that I wanted to be exactly alike. I always wanted to be different and do better or more than the last person did but I learned to take the great qualities from people around me and apply it to better myself and life.

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Never had one growing up just watched football.

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

My mom, dad and  high school coach. Because they are the ones who helped me get to where I am today.

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

I would not buy much I would spend money to my sisters to help take care or my nieces and nephews.

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