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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Carlos Merritt, DB, Campbell University

What is your name? 

Carlos Merritt Jr

What is your Height/Weight?

5’11 1/2, 195

What is your position?

Safety

Where do you play college football?

Campbell University

Where are you from?

Atlanta, GA

Who is your role model, and why?

My Dad, and Coach Minter. My dad inspires me because he did such a good job raising me without having a father figure of his own. Coach Minter because of his credibility, understanding of people, and knowing how to deal with situations in a professional and real way, with also being Genuine. Willingness to teach!

Who was your favorite teacher?

I had a couple of favorites, I can’t choose just one.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played Baseball, Basketball, and ran Track

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Tarik Cohen, Current RB for the Chicago Bears

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

My boy Tony Mcwhite, aka 2toneStuntmanJr!

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Lil Wayne – “I’m me”

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Ed Reed,  Very instinctual, Great ball tracking ability, football awareness, and ball hawking ability, also not afraid to tackle!

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Being released from South Carolina St. I overcame it by maturing, and growing mentally!

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Yes, after pre game meal, I actually go to sleep until about 45 min before my position group go out, then I wake up and get taped and start my warm up routine while listening to Michael Jackson!

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career

Jumping over a 6’8 Receiver to intercept the ball, and then returning it for a TD.  Intercepted two passes against him that game.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

Coolest thing would have to be Participating in the Tim Tebow foundation, where I got to be a prom Buddy with one of my special need friends, and helping him propose to his Girlfriend on prom night! She said Yes !

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

I never really had a favorite team growing up, But i would root for my home team.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

Sean Taylor, Future, and Beyoncé

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