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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marcus Ademilola, TE, Bucknell University

Marcus Ademilola the big target TE of Bucknell University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • • Name: Marcus Ademilola 
  • • Height: 6’4
  • • Weight: 247 lbs
  • • Position: Tight End
  • • College: Bucknell University 
  • • Twitter: @marcusademilola

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

  • I’m from Jackson New Jersey about 15 minutes inland from the shore. Jackson is a beautiful town that rarely gets respect from college coaches. A lot of good talent is generated in this town but rarely do kids get recognized. One thing about Jackson that I love the most is the hospitality. Everybody in this town gets along with one another for the most part. There is not one time I stepped foot outside my house and felt uncomfortable about my surroundings.  

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
  • First and foremost, film study is by far the most important thing in my eyes. Film study is a cheat code for success. The more film you watch, the more comfortable you get playing the game. The best players watch endless film and that why they’re the best players. There are no “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts” about it. Followed by Film Study, Strength and Conditioning is the second most important thing for me. You have to be big, strong, and fast playing this sport. Nonetheless, you must have a ruthless mentality. Strength and conditioning programs across the nation breed dogs. You must embrace the strength and conditioning program to be great. My goal is to be great, so Strength and Conditioning are highly important for me. Last but not least, practice is the third most important thing for me. Practice is a place where you can simply just get better. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• I don’t worry about anything, I love living in the moment. But if I had to answer this question, I’m scared to fail. I’m the oldest in my family, I have to set an example for my brothers and sister. I can’t have that contagious mindset, that ain’t me. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• Dawg mentality- I’m a dawg, I want to outwork everybody. 

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

• To be honest, I don’t know who’s the best player I’ve played against in college. But the best players I’ve played with would be Julién Davenport, Abdullah Anderson, and Alex Pechin. 

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

• Who knows that’s up to God, but I have a degree from one of the best schools in the world. I see myself going into sales if football doesn’t work out. 

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

• Room for sure! I can’t live in a dirty room, CANT. 

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

• I’m saving my family member before I save a stranger. Family over anything, without my family I don’t know where I would be. So I’m for sure saving one of my family members in a disaster. 

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

• Will Smith— He’s a public figure for a lot of males

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

• Getting knee surgery last year was probably the biggest adversity I faced in life, currently. I don’t wish knee surgery on my worse enemy. This was a rough moment in my life, as I started doubting everything and questioning if football was really for me. I saw the dark side and without God, my family, my close friends, and my coaches, I don’t if would ever overcome this low moment in my life. I’m extremely thankful for the people in my life. I sound like a broken record but without them, I don’t know if I would be playing ball still.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•  I don’t really have an embarrassing moment. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• My Junior year, we played Sacred Heart at home. We were down 2 with less than a minute left. On 3 and 15 my coach called my number and I made a huge play over the middle to move the chains and set up our place-kicker to win the game. We won the game and the celebration from our fans and teammates was priceless. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

•  Ricch Forever- Roddy Ricch 

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

• My speed and route running— I feel like I’m the fast tight end in the country that can run routes like a receiver. The game is transforming with athletic tight ends and I truly believe I fit the stereotype. 

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

• My grandma on my dad’s side. I was in high school when she passed but I know she’s looking down at me smiling. I wish I can talk to her and learn how to become a better man.  

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

• I don’t know, I would probably name it “Eights”… “You going to Eights tonight?” Sounds legit. 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

•  I’m biased, my boy Julién Davenport. Big bro is going show out this year!  

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected than liked. People are genuinely attracted to people who are respected by their peers and teammates. I want to respected by everybody. 

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

• Ray Rice— I don’t condone abusive behavior but Ray Rice would have gone down as one of the best running back to play the game. He was a goat at Rutgers and a legendary running back for the Raven. I know regrets his wrongdoings but he could have gone down as one of the best back ever, in my eyes. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I’m addicted to winning so I hate losing. That feeling when you lose is such a buzzkill. Losing highkey kills the whole vibe for the day. 

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

• My Father…My father was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria. The things he has seen and lived in, I don’t wish that on anybody. My father is a walked testimony in my eyes, he been through a lot and only wants the best for his kids. I respect him so much to the point where I don’t know what to do without him. He’s my role model but more importantly, he’s my best friend. I love the man! 

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