ISAIAH SHELTON, LT, SHEPHERD COLLEGE- INTERVIEW

Isaiah Shelton is a freak on the field. Shelton plays at left tackle for the Shepherd Rams, and has been doing things that I have never seen before in my life. Shelton can move a defensive end twenty yards down the field that knock them totally away from the play. As well, Shelton can just take a player down to the ground because of his power in his legs and upper body. I was advised that in two seasons, Shelton has only given up two sacks. The awards have showed that Shelton is a good player, but Shelton doesn’t want to be just good, he wants to be great. Here is my interview with Shelton.

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SHELTON’S TWITTER: @GlobaliZEAtion9

Where were you born? I was born in Washington D.C.
When did you start playing football? I started paying football in the 9th grade.
What does football mean to you? Football means a lot to me I don’t see it as just a game. The passion I have for football makes it a lifestyle for me.
Were you a starter or backup player when you first started playing football? 9th grade a played JV football where I was a backup, 10th grade I was moved up to varsity where I started a few games at center. After my sophomore season I become a fulltime starter.
What was your biggest accomplishment at Charles Herbert Flowers? I would say my biggest accomplishment was being named to the All-County First Team for two different sports

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Why did you decide to play for Shepherd University? Shepherd was always there for me, I went through some tough times when it came to recruiting but Shepherd never gave up on me. They did everything to make sure I would be a part of their program.
How have you been staying fit this offseason? I train with my strength and condition coach along with a few of my teammates who stay at school in the summer.
You have been honor as 2012 1st Team All WVIAC, 2012 2nd Team All Region, 2013 1st Team All MEC, 2013 1st Team All Region, 2013 3rd Team All American, 2014 Several Preseason All American List. Do you feel you still have more learning to do? Definitely, I think you can always get better and achieve more. When you think you’ve done it all, there’s always a way to improve and accomplish something else. I’m honored and blessed to have achieved those accolades but as I said before I want to improve and receive more.

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Who are you excited to play this year? Honestly, I’m excited to play everyone this year but most of all West Liberty because we didn’t play them last season.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete? Accolades and Winning Championships
What keeps you motivated? My family, my mother and father are two of the hardest working people I know. Seeing what they’ve sacrificed for me and my siblings, motivates me to work my hardest to be the best I can.
What would you say is your biggest strengths on the field? Versatility, I can play all five positions on the line and I’m willing to play anywhere, as long as I am helping my team be better I will play any position.
What does Howard Jones playing in the NFL mean to you and your school? It’s huge not only because he making a name for a small school like Shepherd but also because it provides others players at Shepherd such as myself with the opportunity to be scouted. I practiced against Howard for the past three seasons and each year I saw my game improve. I think he’ll be great in the NFL and I wish him the best.
Will you enter the 2015 NFL draft? Yes

HIGHLIGHT:
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914195/isaiah-shelton

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Any last words you like to give? I just want to say it’s an honor to play this game and I really appreciate all the support from my family, friends and fans. Also I will continue to work my hardest to earn the opportunity to play at the next level.

Thanks,
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686

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Mason Ruiz- University of South Dakota DE Interview

University Of South Dakota defensive coordinator Jason Petrino stated that Mason Ruiz will be coming in and helping out a lot. I would say that statement would be 100% true. Ruiz has his sight on making it to the next level. This year, I look for good things to happen for Ruiz and the University Of South Dakota. My interview with the star himself Ruiz known as Mase.

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What year were you born? 1993

Where were you born? Madera, Ca

When did you start playing football? Middle school

What does football mean to you? Opportunities, Life lessons, Building relationships

Were you a starter or backup player? Starter

What was your biggest accomplishment at San Joaquin Memorial HS? Getting the chance to graduate and walk across the stage to make my family happy.

What did College of the Sequoias teach you the most? Taught me a lot about myself personally, trying to find out who I was as a man since I was leaving on my own and taking on the grown up responsibilities. Also how much I really had a passion to continue my career to be a student/athlete

Why did you decide to play for University of South Dakota? The coaching staff there had tons and tons of belief in me as a person and also a athlete. I also chose the university because it was in a small town and I loved that feeling. Great people, amazing culture, and the staff just felt like family when I was there.

Do you think playing basketball has helped you gain an edge in football? I believe it has helped me a lot actually, my lateral quickness and it help my quick twitch in making me more explosive off the ball. I do believe that basketball played a helping roll, but I most of all had to apply myself to the football aspect even more. It was once I stopped playing basketball full-time and give all my attention to football I felt like I was becoming a good player.

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How have you been staying fit this offseason? Well at this level of competition it is all about being in condition so myself and our strength and conditioning program help me from day 1 when I stepped on campus and gave me all the tools to get where I needed to be for the season. Also focusing more on the movements/lifts that I wasn’t good at to.

Who are you excited to play this year? I am speechless when I think about the upcoming season. To actually look in the mirror and tell myself I am a division 1 student/athlete is amazing and play against great competition.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete? Getting scholarships Offers

What keeps you motivated? My family, the struggles I went through when I lived with my father. I learned a lot about being grateful for anything and everything you receive. It also humbled me as I got older and things shaped me into the man I am today. Not saying I’m perfect but it has helped me.

What would you say is your biggest strengths on the field? I would say my athleticism being explosive, fast and hungry to make a play any chance I can.

Can you provide any struggles you have faced in your life? I think having my lights cut off and sometimes not knowing where I was going to live at times. My family was broken so I was torn between the two and plus being the oldest was the hardest because I had younger brothers and sisters who I know looked up to me and if not yet they were going to some day. The stuff I went through was hard for a young man. I didn’t always have the guidance I needed nor the right role model, but sometimes I look back at my past and look at how it has help me in my future. It would be easy to point out the excuses and how I acted this way because of whatever, but I didn’t I took it upon myself and always separated myself from everybody.

Will you enter the 2015 NFL draft? Honestly it would great! I would love it but only if the opportunity presents itself. I understand to the fullest that there a thousands who want this chance to take on a dream you’ve had since you were little. If I feel that a coaching staff has the faith and belief in me and see that I can help the team in any matter possible I would take the opportunity with full steam ahead.

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Highlight:
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1150698/mason-ruiz

Twitter:
@SmooveePNewton

Thanks,
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686

RICHARD NASH- DELTA STATE- CB: TWITTER @R_Nash9

Richard Nash a cornerback of Delta State University stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall and ran 4.52 the last 40 time he ran. Coaches have looked at his frame and said Nash was to small as a player and lacks top speed. Yet every time Nash steps out on the field, good things has happen. To me it has always been the heart of a player. We can judge a man and player from the outside, but it is within if they can overcome the obstacles they face. Here is my interview with Richard Nash who is certain to beat every obstacle he has faced along his way.

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What year were you born? January 17, 1992
Where were you born? Macon Georgia
When did you start playing football? Started playing in six grade
What does football mean to you? Football is my get away. It means the most to me because I know what it feels like to have it taken away.
Were you a starter or backup player? I started at wing back and corner
What was your biggest accomplishment at Westside HS? 9th grade Future Seminole Award recipient for baseball, 9th grade Future Seminole for football, voted best DB as a senior by coaches and teammates, named honorable mentioned as a junior, All City/All region First Team as a senior.
Why did you decide to play for Delta State University? Delta State wanted me for who I am. That I am a undersized guy with talent. Other schools were skeptical about me but Delta State showed no signs of that. I feel like God brought me here for a reason. It is all in his plans. I prayed about my decision on whether or not to return to my juco after graduating but he directed my path to Delta State.

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How have you been staying fit this offseason? I spent the entire summer training in Cleveland with the team. Every morning we got up at 5am and attacked workouts.
Who are you excited to play this year? West Georgia and North Alabama. West Georgia due to their lack of class from last year’s victory against us and North Alabama because that is our rival.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete? Being named an All-American from 6 games I started before being sidelined due to an ankle injury. It really showed me people recognized my efforts and play making ability. Very fortunate to receive that honor and represent my team.
What keeps you motivated? My niece and that the fact that so many colleges passed on me from high school through my junior college days. It placed a huge chip on my shoulder.
What would you say is your biggest strengths on the field? Recognizing plays before they develop. Sure tackling, aggressiveness, and confidence to make every play.
Can you provide any struggles you have faced in your life? Sitting out a year from football because Middle Tenn State dropped me the last minute. I had to take the long route to get here from working a job I didn’t like to save money to go to my junior college. It was hard but it keeps me humble to this day.
Will you enter the 2015 NFL draft? No. I’m finishing up my degree and plan on playing my last season here at Delta State. I owe my coaches and teammates that.

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Any last words you like to give? Nobody can stop what God has planned for anybody in this world. Even impossible spells POSSIBLE.

Thank you
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686

Shavarez Smith- South Alabama WR

This interview was done on http://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com

If you haven’t viewed the site, it is updated news in the NFL and college. You can’t go wrong by following them on twitter @DraftDiamonds or checking out the site daily. This interview was done on University Of South Alabama Wide Receiver Shavarez Smith. Smith had 50 catches for 940 yards and 6 TD’s last season. Recently Smith was named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list.

AKA: Shavarez pronounced Shuh-var-ez
Grade You Started Football: Only played one year. I played baseball at Eagles Landing HS (GA) in grades 9-11. My Senior year I transferred to Henry County HS (GA) where I played football and had an All star season.
High School: Henry County High School

Position/Positions: Wide Receiver, PR, KR
College: University of South Alabama
Jersey Number: 1
Best On-Field Performance: This past season vs Georgia State 10 receptions 194 yards 1 TD

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Football Mentor/Inspiration: Father
Favorite Slogan: Attack life with enthusiasm.
Proudest Football Moment/Memory: Scoring my first collegiate touchdown in the Super Dome.
Favorite Food: Steak

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Football Philosophy: Perfect practice will lead to in game success.
Game Superstitions: Practicing and lifting a specific way throughout the week leading up to Saturday.
Goals/Aspirations for 2014-2015: To improve my performance and increase my production.
Career Goals: Motivate younger kids to pursue their dreams with confidence and enthusiasm.

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Favorite Football Team: Do not have favorite, but I support the Falcons because I am from Georgia.
Player You Model Your Game After: Brandon Marshall
Who Will Win The Super Bowl: Seahawks
Favorite Down Time: Watching film of myself and many others.
What Would You Want College Football Fans To Know About You: That I am truly an elite talent.

Please follow Shavarez Smith on twitter: @Shavarez

Thanks,
Joseph Muia
@Joey435686