We last spoke at your Pro Day at NC State. What have you been doing since then?
I've been pretty much working out at NC State. I had a few private workouts that I had to do. I did those, and I had a few visits that I took too. Those went really well.
I'm just trying to stay in shape more than anything else right now. After I finished up my last visit and workout I've been back at home in New Jersey. Now I'm just waiting for things to happen.
What has the support been like from the NC State coaching staff throughout this process?
Coach Doeren, coach White, coach Huxtable... all of those guys have been real supportive, coach Kitchings. The athletic staff, the trainers... they've all been really supportive, and it has been helpful because I remained at State for much of the process. They all seem really happy for me.
Have you been able to lean on any other Wolfpack players during the process?
They've been a huge help... the other guys in the league right now.
Earl Wolff, Tobais Palmer, C.J. Wilson, Terrell Manning, David Amerson... I've listened to all those guys, Brandan Bishop.
They've all just said to go on my visits and be myself. If I do that, everything will fall into place.
Your versatility has to be a positive. You showed the ability to play cornerback or safety at NC State.
I feel like it has helped me a lot... being able to play corner and safety. It's really valuable. Teams only have 53 spots so having that versatility can give them flexibility, with me being able to play multiple positions.
That experience I gained at NC State has also helped my knowledge of the game.
Still talking to different teams?
I've been talking to different teams and this week has been the best, but it has also been the most nerve-wracking week so far. Really I've been trying to hang around my family as much as possible.
Overall, I've had a group of teams that have shown me a little more interest than others, but I definitely appreciate all of the teams.
What was the weirdest question that a team asked you?
One team asked me that if I could go on a date with anybody in the world, dead or alive, who would it be.
What was your answer?
My answer was Aaliyah. Growing up, I really enjoyed her music and I felt like she always seemed so real... the same person, even when she became hugely popular. Her demeanor stood out to me, almost more than anything else.
What did they think of your answer?
They said they enjoyed my thought process... the reasons why I chose her. He told me he thought it spoke to how humble I was, that I respected her humility.
You are from New Jersey and have basically spent the last four years of your life in Raleigh. What has it been like to spend an extended period of time at home?
That's been great. Being around my family and close friends that I grew up with... we've been reminiscing about the past.
I've been able to go back to my high school, and that was a terrific experience. There was so much support there, from the teachers, the students... they are all really behind me. They all seemed to know so much about me... it was humbling.
What part of New Jersey are you from? The reason I ask is I wonder if you grew up a fan of any NFL team and being from New Jersey you are close to several.
I grew up in South Plainfield, and that's next to Rutgers.
Honestly, I was really close to the Jets and Giants... their stadium is only 30 or 35 minutes from my house. Philly is about ninety minutes away from where I live, and Baltimore is about 2.5 hours away.
Naturally there were a lot of Giants and Jets fans close to me, but I grew up a Philly fan. I loved the Eagles, with Westbrook, Brian Dawkins... all those guys I really admired.
What are your plans for the draft?
I'll be watching it at home with my family. I don't plan on leaving home... I'll be watching it there with family and friends.
I'm excited about it. Now I'm waiting to see where I end up.