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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Jhaloni Johnson, DB, Kutztown University

Jhaloni Johnson of Kutztown is a solid playmaker with a nose for the ball. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

•    Name: Jhaloni Johnson
  •    Height: 6’2
  •    Weight: 180 lb. 
  •    Position: CB/S
  •    College: Kutztown University
  •    Twitter: @lifeasjhalonii

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
  •     Philadelphia is my hometown and what I love the most about it is the food selection and the spirit that the sports fan have. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  •     Practice and Film Study, then Strength and Conditioning. I list Practice and Film Study together as most important because practice reflects how a player will play in the game. Film Study gets you ready for your next opponent. Strength and Conditioning is second most important because when your in-season weight lifting gets slightly cut back as your already taking enough toll on your body, I think off-season training is extremely important though as well as in-season workouts. 

What do you worry about, and why?
  •     I worry about the health of my family because they live in a neighborhood within Philadelphia that can sometimes be rough. 

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
  •     I failed in the weight room during a summer camp testing. My reaction was the usual – upset, disappointed, and frustrated. I overcame this failure by working twice as hard to not only reach the point that I failed at, but to surpass it. I asked for help with technique and dieting from my strength and conditioning coach. We put the time in and I got the results I worked for. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
  •     My teammates say that I have the body structure to play to be an elite defensive back at all levels of football. They also compliment me on my speed and God-given abilities. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
  •     Craig Reynolds (Kutztown Running Back) is the best player I have ever played against in college. 

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 
  •     If I could not play football, I would pursue a career in Real Estate. 

Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
  •     Of the three, I would clean my room first, desk second then car last. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
  •     In a disaster, between the choice of saving three strangers or one family member, I would save my family member. Family means too much to me to leave them in a disaster in exchange for strangers. 

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
  •     If I could be any television or movie character, I would be Black Panther because I like what he represents. Black Panther protects his community and is a man of action. 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
  •     My biggest adversity in life was growing up in a high-poverty, high-crime neighborhood.  I sought to pursue a dream outside of the streets in which I was raised. I looked for guidance in my mother, father and older siblings. 

What is your most embarrassing moment?
  •     My most embarrassing moment was when I false started at the 2017 indoor PSAC championship for Track.  

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
  •     The most memorable moment of my collegiate career was my first game versus a nationally ranked school, IUP. It was my red-shirt Freshman year and I started the entire game. Despite being down at half-time, we came back and were victorious. 

What song best describes your work ethic?
  •     Warrior Part II by Lloyd Banks and Eminem is the song that best describes my work ethic. 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 
  •     The most important trait you can have to help you succeed at the next level is a relentless work ethic and willingness to adjust/ learn new playbooks and schemes.

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
  •     If I could bring one person back from the dead it would be my Grandmother; I never met her but I always heard that she was a beautiful, loving, and respectful woman. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 
  •     If I opened a dance club, I would name it “Lon’s”.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 
  •     In my opinion, the most underrated player in the NFL is Tyrann Mathieu. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
  •     I would rather be respected. I choose respect because it is earned, not given. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
  •     I feel the most for Adrian Peterson because coming up the way I did, it was okay for parents to discipline their children.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
  •     I hate to lose. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
  •    My mother has been the biggest influence on my life. She has sacrificed so much and I would not be here today without her.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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