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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Rustin Mayorga, FB, Concord University

rustinEvery 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?

Rustin Mayorga

What is your Height/Weight?

5ft11 255

What is your position?

Fullback/Center

Where do you play college football?

Concord University

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

University of Nevada Reno.

How did you choose your school?

I went to Foothill Community College and had to sign at the Division 2 level or lower due to Clock eligibility. So I  took a visit to Concord University and knew there was no other coaching staff I wanted to play for besides the ones at Concord.

Where are you from?

Born and Raised in South San Francisco California

Who is your role model, and why?

I don’t have a role model but I always looked up to guys such as Brian Dawkins and Ray Lewis. I looked up to those guys because the hard work they put in to be the best year in and year out in the NFL and what they do off the field to help their communities out.

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

I haven’t met with any scouts yet. Hoping to hear from them after my combine and pro days.

rustin mayDid you play any other sports growing up?

I grew up playing Baseball. Once I got into High School I Wrestled played Baseball and played Football.

Did you play any other positions in football?

I long snapped and played Linebacker in College.

At your position, what separates you from others?

I would have to say my speed and physical presence and the way I practice throughout the week.

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

I look for Tendencies on what my opponent likes to do on certain down and distances. I also try to evaluate their technique and to see what their weakness is.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

I would have to say Howard Jones since he’s playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

I would say Lorenzo Neal.  The main reason why is he enjoyed getting after the defense and brought a physical presence to each team he played for. 

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

I would say maturing out of high school and trying to decide if I wanted to  play baseball, wrestling or football in college. After choosing football, I set short-term goals and long-term goals. That way I can stay focused and block all other distractions out. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I like to be alone and close my eyes for a few minutes and play the game in my head and visualize what I am about to do out there on the field.

What is your biggest strength?

My physicality and Motor. I enjoying getting after my opponent til the whistle blows. 

What is your biggest weakness?

I don’t believe I have a weakness. One thing that knocks me when people look at me is probably my height. Since I am only  5ft 11 I get overlooked by other players who are 6ft and above, so I use that to my advantage.

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

I would say you can’t find someone who gets after it  the way I do and can be a leader of a team like I am.   Another thing is, I’ve been coached by the best Coaches in the country and have continually excelled. With that said, I bring a blue collar mentality to work every day and focus on every detail to get mentally and physically ready for game day.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Zach Thomas was someone I looked up to and enjoyed watching him get after it every Sunday. I grew up as a San Francisco 49ers fan.

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

 I would want to have Dinner with  Zach Thomas, Lorenzo Neal and Mike Alstott.

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