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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Michael Harris, LB, University of Central Oklahoma

michael harris nfl draftEvery 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 Harris

What is your Height/Weight?

 6’2 230lb

What is your position?

Middle Linebacker

Where do you play college football?

University of Central Oklahoma

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school? 7

How did you choose your school?

I chose my school because on my visit I felt right at home. From the beginning I could feel the chemistry that the team had for each other and it felt like one big family.

Where are you from?

Oklahoma City

Who is your role model, and why?

My role model is my mother. The reason why I say that is because she is a very hard worker and determined to accomplish everything she does, whether it’s at home taking care of the family or if she is at work.  She never stops for anything. Growing up my mother made sure that we had everything that we needed. Its like we never had to go without because she would sacrifice for us. My mother is also strong willed and she always strives to do her best in whatever she does.

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Yes growing up I played basketball and baseball. I also did a little bit of track.

Did you play any other positions in football?

Yes, I also played tight end.

At your position, what separates you from others?

To tell you the truth my faith is what separates me from the others because God has already gave me the athletic ability to play the game all I have to do is perform 

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

I look at the different blocking schemes that the linemen do. I look for tips and clues that linemen may give off whether they are about to pull or pass block. I also look at the different formations of the offense to see all of the different types of plays that my opponent can run out of that formation.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

One of the toughest players that I faced was the receiver John Brown when he went to Pitt State. Two of the toughest linemen I have faced were Michael Bowie when he went to Northeastern State University and Alvin Bailey when he went to high school at Broken Arrow.

michael Harris nfl draftIf you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

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

One of the biggest obstacles for me to overcome was the passing of my cousin. Her name was DaShaur Allen and she was more like a big sister to me. The way that I overcame her death was trying to keep myself busy to keep my mind off of the situation. I would also just try and think about all of the good times that we had together.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? The only pre-game ritual that I have is taking a shower before I put all of my pads and also listening to music helps me to get ready and in the zone.

What is your biggest strength?

I think one of my biggest strengths is being able to adjust and learn new things fast and in a way that I can understand them.

What is your biggest weakness?

One of my biggest weaknesses is the fact that when I mess up on something I am always too hard on myself. One thing that I had to learn is that no one is perfect and everyone is going to make mistakes in life so if you mess up then come back harder next time.

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

I would say that by selecting me you are choosing someone who you can trust and who has great character. I can be trusted to do great on the field and also off the field when no one is looking. I am a very accountable person and will be a responsible athlete as well.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

Growing up I was a huge Ray Lewis and Sean Taylor fan. My favorite NFL team was the Baltimore Ravens

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

The first person that I chose was my grandfather because he was always so inspirational in every conversation that we ever had. I would choose GOD, and the last person that I would choose is Ray Lewis just to talk to him about the game of football and how to transition from playing in college and in the league.

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