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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Michael Carlisle, LB, Jacksonville State University

michael carlisleEvery year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

Michael Carlisle

Where do you play college football?

Jacksonville State University 

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

15 schools was recruiting me 9 offered me a scholarship 

How did you choose your school?

When I was coming out of JUCO at Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma Arizona I had 5 scholarship offers and every school was full at my position before I could commit but Jacksonville State 

Where are you from?

Clayton County Georgia 

Who is your role model, and why?

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

I have talked to 3 scouts.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes I wrestled 

Did you play any other positions in football?

No, just all three linebacker positions

At your position, what separates you from others?

My instincts to read a play an react fast , getting off blocks playing with my hands and playing down hill being physical 

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

Pre snap reads, top five formation an offensive runs and the top 3 plays that offense runs out of there top five formations 

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

The toughest player I ever faced have to be Jimmy Garoppolo

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

I wouldn’t say I compare myself to any one in the NFL Everyone has their Strengths and weaknesses  

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

The biggest Obstacle I had to over come was losing my scholarship to Mississippi State university out of high school because I couldn’t score high enough on my SAT so i had to go to JUCO. I overcame  that by being faithful to god and trusting in him and working hard and he gave me a second chance to play D1 ball 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Just pray and get my mind rite for battle.

What is your biggest strength?

Being stronger then most people ,foot quickness, being physical , instincts, quickness , getting off blocks playing down hill an one on one coverage.

What is your biggest weakness?

when busting am assignment letting it go and going on to the next play need to have a short memory 

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

I’m a guy that loves to compete my love for the game is unbelievable I do what ever it takes to get the job done and to be the best at everything that I put my mind to. 

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Ray Lewis Baltimore Ravens their Defense use to be the real deal  

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