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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jalen Harvey, DB, Arizona State University

Jalen Harvey is a hard hitting safety for Arizona State. I love this kids attitude, because he is a game changer.

•    Name: Jalen Harvey

    •    Height: 6’1’

    •    Weight: 205

    •    Position: WR/SS

    •    College: Arizona State University

    •    Twitter:  iamjalenharvey

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

            My hometown of Richmond, California is located about 15 miles from San Francisco.  It’s a small city, rich in culture the population of culture is majority Black and Spanish.  It’s a very close community and the people who are in the city have lived there for years.  Most people who move away for school usually go back to give support to the city.  I love most about the city is its belief in the model of having “Pride & Purpose”.  It’s a community of people that show support to everyone regardless of race.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

    •    Film Study, Practice and Strength and Conditioning.

Film because it helps me to spend time reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of my opponents before each game.  I chose practice second because, once I study film I review the film session with my teammates and coach to rehearse the game play that we have set against the opponent.  I chose Strength and Conditioning third because it prepares me to outwork my opponent physically and helps to build stamina.

What do you worry about, and why?

The wellbeing of my family, why because they are very important to me.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

My first year of College I struggled at understanding the play book.  I continued to study and in my Sophomore year I was better prepared as a player.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

            My determination to achieve a goal that I set.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

            Adoree Jackson

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

            I would like to work as a College coach, and it would definitely be supporting my community and giving back to the people who helped me along the way.

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?

Room, then desk and car.

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

            Family member, because they are my family and I don’t know who the strangers are.

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

            Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) in the Equalizer, he was a man who was living a quiet life until he realized that people who were helpless needed his help.  He came out of retirement and decided to make sure that the people who were hurting others didn’t hurt them anymore.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

            When I broke my collarbone in my Sophomore year of college.  I was ready to play, I studied the playbook, I was confident and during a scrimmage game I was hit during a route and it caused a break in my collarbone, which I later had to have surgery.  It was very difficult for me because I thought my college career in football was over.  With Surgery and Physical Therapy and my determination to work on healing my body, I returned and played the last month in my Sophomore season.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

            My senior year of High School, week three I was playing against a well-known team named Campolindo High School and I was dropping every pass thrown to me, and the CAL Berkeley coaches were in attendance.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

            Coming off my injury sophomore year of college, playing against our rivals Arizona University and scored a touchdown.

What song best describes your work ethic?

            Going crazy by “Jeezy”

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 


If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

            It would be my Grandfather on my Dad side, his name is James Harvey.  He died before he could see me play in my High School and College years, he has also been a very important person in my life, since I was a kid.  

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

            The Lounge

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

            I would say Josh Norman

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

            I would rather be respected.  Respect goes a long way and is consistent.

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

            Ryan Shazier, because he can no longer play football due to a football injury.  He was a good player and to have his career end like it did, it hit home for many people.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

            I love to win

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

            I would have to say my Mother, because she has worked hard all her life to provide and give me a great life.  She has been supportive and has allowed me to make the choices that have made me the man I am today.  She always says just work hard and always be confident.

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