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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Arthur Jackson III, WR, Eastern Michigan University

Arthur Jackson III the playmaking WR from Eastern Michigan University recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Arthur Jackson III
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • WR
  • 6’0”
  • 194 LBS.
  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Twitter: @YoungGen_3

2019 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2019 All-MAC Second Team Offense.
  • 2019 PFF All-MAC First Team.
  • GP: 12
  • Receptions: 39
  • Receiving Yards: 679
  • YPR: 17.41
  • TDs: 6
via Richard Jones (YouTube)

Congratulations on the All-MAC honors. What is the initial emotion you felt? Who is the first person you reached out to share it with?

The first people I wanted to share the news with was my parents. They are my biggest supporters and I wanted to share that with them first.

What have you taken away the most from Coach Creighton, Coach Paige and the rest of the EMU coaching staff?

I get something from everyone. From Coach Creighton I get that I am more than a football player. Who I am as a person and a student matters just as much if not more than who I am on the field. From Coach Paige, I get consistency and dependability and he shows us how to look to come to work every day and get things done.

When football is over, what do you aspire to do in the professional world?

I hope that after football I’m able to help others that’s something I’ve always wanted to do, fix problems around the world.

via @HustleBelt (Twitter)

What separates you from other players at the wide receiver position?

What separates me from others at my position is that I refuse to lose when it comes to contested-catch situations.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

I began my college career in Junior college at American River College. The toughest player I ever competed against was a corner I played while I was there. His name is Terin Adams.

If your life was a book, what would the title be?

“The Book of Blessings.” My life has been a blessing, I’ve been blessed with amazing people, opportunities, and experiences.

via Eastern Michigan Football (YouTube)

Give me your Mount Rushmore of all-time wide receivers, past or present. What made you choose these four players?

Chad Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, and Jerry Rice. No order. I picked these four guys because I’ve taken something from each of them and tried to add it into my game. I wanted to take Chad’s footwork and add into my game, along with Larry’s catching ability, and Randy’s dominance. I also pick Jerry Rice because I loved the way he could make short plays into touchdowns.

Is there a current or former NFL player you emulate your game after?

I used to watch videos on how Chad Johnson ran routes and his footwork and everything he did. Definitely Chad Johnson is someone I tried to emulate.

Let’s take a trip back to the first day of your freshman year at Wood High School. What advice would you give yourself then, knowing what you know now?

I would tell him to focus on school because sports aren’t going anywhere. Don’t think you have all the time in the world because it will end faster than you think. Be a little selfish, make decisions that will benefit you.

via Eastern Michigan Football (YouTube)

If I’m in Ypsilanti on a Saturday night during the Fall, where is the one place I have to eat?

Ichiban, 100%.

You’re in front of all 32 NFL General Managers and have 15 words or less to give them your pitch on why Arthur Jackson III will be an asset to their organization for years to come. What do you tell them?

I’m passionate about the game and will do what it takes to win.

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