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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: DJ Exilhomme, DB, South Alabama

DJ Exilhomme.
DJ Exilhomme is a dynamic defender that recently transferred from Central Connecticut State to South Alabama. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: DJ Exilhomme
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Position: DB
  • College: South Alabama University
  • Twitter: @FromDaBottom1

What is your major/minor? During your collegiate experience, have you participated in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

I majored in Manufacturing management. During my collegiate experience I’ve participated in multiple activities, and campus organizations such as “be the match”, “leadership council”, “spreading awareness” and “buddy system for young kids”.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

My role on the team has been to lead by example on and off the field. Most people see me as a leader, but my main focus is to do everything in my power to achieve one goal: to win as a player, also as a young man.

I’m expected to have a bigger role here after transferring to South Alabama from CCSU. As of right now, I am learning the role of a nickel and also field safety. It’s becoming very simple for me to adapt without any issues. I have the ability to be a major help with stopping the run, and I can also play single high safety. I’ve also played a lot of special teams. I have the ability to return the ball if needed. Throughout my career I’ve blocked 4 punts coming off the edge. I love special teams.

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

One of the best players I’ve ever played against is Nehari Crawford. 

Throughout your career, which one of your teammates has impressed you the most?

Throughout my career one of my teammates that has impressed me the most is Tyshaun James. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

My senior year of high school. I never even thought that I was going to make it to college due to my grades in school. I was not really focused on school at that time because I was disappointed from not having as much recruiting scholarships as I thought I would. Central took a chance on me, and it motivated me to get back on track. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

If I did not play football I would have probably played soccer, baseball or wrestling. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I am proud of graduating college, and one of my biggest achievements is being on a full scholarship at a FBS school. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

One of my most memorable plays of my collegiate career is blocking my first punt during my first ever college game. 

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Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

I do not have a favorite athlete. My favorite professional team is the Patriots. A player I would say I model my game after would have to be Karl Joseph.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

My favorite music artist is Young Thug. What gets me pumped before a game is bumping Nipsey, Kodak, Young Thug, YFN Lucci, and a bunch of others. 

What is your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food is seafood 

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

My favorite movie is “All Things Fall Apart “ by 50 Cent 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?

In my spare time, I watch a lot of films or nap. One of my secret talents is I can retwist, and braid my own locks. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

What motivates me the most is my mother. She’s the hardest working lady I know of and my plan is to do my best to retire her after this year. Family is extremely important to me so they are also my motivation to go hard everyday. 

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