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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jakar Turner,WR , Kentucky State University

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What is your name?

Jakar Turner

Where do you play college football?

Kentucky State University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Not many I missed my senior year because of a injury

How did you choose your school?

I originally went to a d3 than transferred to Kansas state and walked on I made the team. During workouts I tore my ACL and I ended up going to a JUCO and things didn’t work out so I went home and somebody told me about Kentucky state so I transferred in

 Where are you from?

Hollywood, Florida

 Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my grandmother Wylean Murray she is one of the strongest women I know she keeps my family together without her I wouldn’t be where I am today she keeps me fighting and helps me keep faith. She was always like my mother but when my mom died at 14 she really stepped up her and my cousin Javata Murray I was a troubled kid growing up after my mom past, I was lost i didn’t just have a mom now I didn’t have a dad. My mom was everything to me I was her baby and my grandma held everything down she looks after everybody even when she is tired or can’t I respect her more than anybody on earth.

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

Haven’t talk to any really but Tampa bay storm they want me to come into camp for them. I want to explore me future in the CFL or NFL first but that is a option I just played in the FCS bowl so hopefully that open doors for me

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Basketball was my first love played it all my life I was actually better in basketball than football but It changed when I got to college my heart is football all the way now.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I played QB all my life until my senior year of high school I had no choice gene smith was my quarterback lol

At your position, what separates you from others?

My determination and speed it looks like I play slow but I’m actually moving faster than everybody I have a long stride so it’s easy for me to run past defensive back’s and I never give up on anything a coach will love that about me I believe is I’m determined and I give my all


When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I look at everything from the defensive linemen to the defensive backs. I look at techniques their tendencies and do they get lazy everyone has that favorite thing they like to do I try and make it a weakness for them film is important to watch at any level because it doesn’t lie it tells you exactly what they other team is going to do

 Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever played against was probably myself I say that because I’m my biggest upside and downfall I’m tough on myself when it comes to what I do on and off the field I feel like I can play with anybody who walks this earth with the right opportunity.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

I would say AJ green mixed with up and coming star John brown. I say AJ Green because I am smooth like him in my routes and I cover a lot of ground with my speed although I’m not as tall we are similar in a lot of ways and I say john brown because we are same size and can make big plays in open space and we both are fast and explosive

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

My biggest obstacle was when my mom died sometimes I’m still not over it but I deal with it so much better she was my world so when she left I felt like my world was over I can admit I was a mommas boy she made sure I had what I needed and want nobody could ever replace her she was my mom and my dad. My dad left before I was born so for her to raise 3 boys on her own wit little help I commend her all the way I think of her everyday. I wouldn’t have gotten over it without the support of my family and friends and especially Mrs. Juanita Burton who is like my second mother she stayed on me no matter what even when I didn’t know why she was so tough on me she knew why she didn’t want me to fail and I love her and her family for doing those things for me thanks Mrs. Juanita and Carl Burton.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Don’t really have any I always sit in my locker wit my head phones on tho and listen to music and just talk to my mom ask her to guide me through these battles.

 What is your biggest strength?

My biggest strength is I don’t give up no matter how much the odds are against me I do whatever it is possible to succeed my best friend Dandre Stringer tells me all the time I have the determination and drive to be a millionaire one day and that’s my goal and that’s where I’m headed

What is your biggest weakness?

Sometimes I get in my feelings about how things in my life didn’t go as plans I sit back and think a lot my thoughts be so crazy sometimes I just think what if but honestly if I didn’t go through what I did I wouldn’t appreciate things me going to a small school losing my mom not having a dad seeing my brother go to prison for 15 years seeing my family struggle made me want it even more though.

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

I would say that if you gave me a opportunity to play on your team you wouldn’t be disappointed you would be getting a kid who can do more than just play receiver I can return kicks as well. You would be getting a kid who will give you everything he has day in and day out. I’m not a squeaky clean dude I have had my ups and downs in life and every human does but I am a better person because of it I am someone you wouldn’t regret having on your team

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

My favorite player was Peter Warrick when he was at Florida state he was who I wanted to be he was quick, fast, and explosive. Nobody could stop him and that’s what I wanted to be a unstoppable football player than he played for my dream college. My favorite NFL team growing up was the Miami Dolphins still, Unless I go to another team than they would be my favorite team

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

If I could have dinner with 3 people it would be my mom Sheila Murray, my friend who died when I was 15 Edwin Gordon, and my other friend who got killed Bryant “Barfight” Thomas

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