Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Lynrick Pleasant, WR, North Texas
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
>North Texas, Louisiana College, Harding University, East Texas Baptist U, Harding-Simmons U, McPherson U, Portland State, Idaho, Idaho state, Texas Lutheran U.
Where did you choose and why?
>Initially I went to Louisiana College because they’re offense was the same as my high schools offense, and they were the main school that showed interest in me still after my senior year injury; but on another note I truly didn’t do my full research on their school.
What were your goals for your senior year?
>To be a leader on special teams, and a factor in our offense.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
>Not necessarily, I’ve only had small talk with a few about nothing pertaining to me.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
>My ability to not only be just a Receiver, but to block down field, and to be a utility weapon.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
>I look for patterns in the DB’s reactions to certain routes and route combinations, tendencies on how they play the run, and how aggressive they are when it comes to breaking down hill on a ball.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
>Barkevious Mingo I presume, I had to block him on kickoff return my sophomore year.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
>Jason Witten, he has the workhorse mentality that I carry and he does his job and is humble.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
> I would say having to transfer from two different schools before I finally found my path at North Texas. Many people do not know about my true journey through college, but I started at a division 3 school and left after my first semester of my own will; I wanted more, and that level wasn’t my dream. I then transferred to Lamar University, a D1AA (or FCS) school in hopes of living out my D1 dream. I walked on and made the team but found that my surroundings were not safe, and that trouble was to easy to get into so I made the conscious decision to leave. Fall 2010 I arrived at North Texas and the following spring I walked-on and made the team. The following season I made the travel team by the second game and saw action primarily on kickoff making tackles, and appearing on offense. Long story short by my second year in the program I earned a scholarship and was a full fledged contributor to the team.
What system fits your style of play the best?
>I really like up-tempo offenses but I have great retention of all styles and can learn concepts quickly.
What is your biggest strength?
>My ability to plug in to any position and be productive
What is your biggest weakness?
>I occasionally let the ball get into my body (body catch) if it doesn’t require me to reach out for it away from me.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
>I play football, not a position, plug me where you need me and I’ll produce for you, aka I’m an investment not an expense.
Growing up, who was your role model?
>My father, he showed what it took to be a man of God, and not to be status quo. Also how to balance life with a wife, kids, and work.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
>The Cowboys, and Jerry Rice. I was and still am a fan of the cowboys because my family and because the Star on their helmets represented to me as a kid that they achieved becoming a “Star.” Jerry Rice because of his work ethic and how he attacked the game.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
>The lose of my grandfather. He was the only Grandfather I knew, my fathers father passed while my dad was in college, so my grandfather on my mothers side was very special to me. I realized that death is just temporary and he is in a way better place now.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
>Martin Luther King, President Barack Obama, Hikaru Utada
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
10% tithed, a portion Into my student loans, savings, and then invest. So no real purchases just yet.
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