Sam Webb: How did things end up going for you down there at the combine?
Jalen Embry: “Actually, everything went great. You know, I was the 4th top person that had the fastest time in the 40. I was the top DB down there, and I won first team all-class.”
Sam Webb: You said your 40 time was the best; what did you end up running?
Jalen Embry: “A 4.7.”
Sam Webb: But that was electronic though, right?
Jalen Embry: “Right.”
Sam Webb: Do you remember what your vertical was?
Jalen Embry: “31 ½.“
Sam Webb: And what about height and weight?
Jalen Embry: “5’11”, 184. My shuttle time was a 4.16.”
Sam Webb: As far as recruiting goes, I know you had a big season on both sides of the ball, really. What are schools saying to you about position? Are they mostly saying DB, or are they saying receiver?
Sam Webb: Do you have a preference? What do you want to play?
Jalen Embry: “Honestly, whatever the coach needs me to play, I’ll play it.”
Sam Webb: Take me back through the season. From your perspective, how do you think the season went for you? Kind of break down your stats and everything.”
Jalen Embry: “In the beginning, it was tough, but towards the third game of the season everything was working for me. I ended the season with eight total touchdowns, 883 yards, 5 interceptions, and 26 tackles.”
Sam Webb: Obviously the spotlight is on you. Since then, which schools have offered you scholarships so far?
Jalen Embry: “Actually, none have offered me, but Toledo plans to offer me on the 26th, on junior day.”
Sam Webb: I know a number of colleges have been making it by King to check you out. Can you name some off the top of your head?
Sam Webb: What about Michigan State?
Jalen Embry: “Oh, Michigan State, they were up there I would say a couple months ago, that was about it. But they have been sending me letters.”
Sam Webb: So the in-state schools, what’s Michigan been saying to you; what’s Michigan State been saying to you?
Jalen Embry: “Michigan wants me to play DB. They plan on giving me a visit soon, I think in February; and Michigan State just wants me to keep getting bigger, getting faster, and they’ll look at my practice in the season.”
Sam Webb: Who are you kind of talking to from each school… Are there particular coaches, or is it a bunch of them? Who are you talking to at Michigan, for instance?
Jalen Embry: “Coach Mallory from Michigan.”
Sam Webb: What’s the early vibe like with him? What do you think of Coach Mallory?
Jalen Embry: “Actually, he’s a great guy. I can trust him; I can see myself playing for him and everything. I think he’s a very coachable coach, you know, I can trust him to coach me to get better and play at the next level.”
Sam Webb: What about Michigan State? Who are you in contact with there, and what’s the vibe like with him?
Jalen Embry: “I can’t really think of his name. He’s the receiver coach though.”
Sam Webb: Coach Samuel?
Jalen Embry: “Samuel, yeah, that’s what it is. He’s really cool. I talked to him when I went on a visit to Michigan State, and he’s a pretty upfront guy. I haven’t really gotten that trust with him yet, but hopefully I plan on doing so soon.”
Sam Webb: You mentioned that you’ve been up to Michigan State. When was that, and have you been to Michigan? Have you been up there too?
Jalen Embry: “No, I haven’t been up to Michigan yet, but I have been to Ohio State, when they played Michigan, and that was a very exciting game. I have been to Michigan State, when they played Ohio State.”
Sam Webb: Did you grow up a fan of any particular school?
Jalen Embry: “Ohio State.”
Sam Webb: So you’re a Buckeye, man, you and Damon Webb, you’re Buckeye fans. How did that happen?
Jalen Embry: “I don’t even know, you know, I just like that red, and I like Urban Meyer.”
Sam Webb: What kind of love is Ohio State showing you so far?
Jalen Embry: “They’re showing me great love. The coaches really like me, they said they looked at my film a lot, and they plan on bringing the whole coaching staff up to King to evaluate me and everything.”
Sam Webb: Damon Webb, does him being there add to the appeal, or is that not really a factor for you?
Jalen Embry: “Honestly, that’s not really a factor. Whoever they bring in is good, you know, I’m just there to make the team better.”
Sam Webb: Let’s assume it’s down the line, and you’re getting ready to make a decision. What are going to be the big factors in that choice?
Jalen Embry: “They have to have a good football program. They have to have great academics. Schoolwork is first. Honestly, I can’t really say anything right now, but that’s about it, honestly.”
Sam Webb: You said you like Urban Meyer, and they’re showing you great love. Who are you in contact with most from the Buckeyes?
Jalen Embry: “Coach Kerry Coombs.”
Sam Webb: So you have a little vibe with Coach Coombs, too, huh?
Jalen Embry: “Yeah, he’s good. He’s really funny. I like that intensity he brings in the locker room.”
Sam Webb: Are you and Carl Fuller, are you kind of looking to go to the same school, or is that not something you’re talking about?
Jalen Embry: “No, that’s not something we’re talking about, but me and Avonte Maddox plan on going to the same school.”
Sam Webb: Are the same schools looking at you that are looking at Avonte too?
Jalen Embry: “Yes sir.”
Sam Webb: What about timeline? Do you want to wait until after your senior season? Do you want to get it done before? How do you want to do that?
Jalen Embry: “Honestly, I’m just trying to get offers as quick as I can, and as much as I can. I’m interested in a lot of schools, if they’re interested in me. “
Sam Webb: Does that mean that you want to have a decision made in the summer, or the spring. When would you like to make a decision by?
Jalen Embry: “End of the football season.
Sam Webb: Do you have a favorite at this point?
Jalen Embry: “Miami… the U.”
Sam Webb: You didn’t mention them before. What has the U so high on your list?
Jalen Embry: “They haven’t really been recruiting me yet, but hopefully, I plan on working hard and getting better to get them to recruit me.
Sam Webb: So you have a favorite… What about a top five?
Jalen Embry: “Miami, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, and Northern Illinois.”