Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Gary Onuekwusi, LB, Monmouth
How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?
Out of high school I was recruited by West Virginia, Liberty, Maryland, and Temple
Where did you choose and why?
I choose Temple because I was a late qualifier and they stuck by my side through the whole process. Other schools either bailed on me or advised me to take the prep school route.
What were your goals for your senior year?
My goal, being as though I transferred to a new school was to earn the coaches trust. Another goal was to become a leader on the team and my plan was to let my performance on the field speak for itself.
Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?
I spoke with a scout from the Buffalo Bills, and the impression I received from him was to keep working.
At your position, what separates you from the others?
Through my hard work and dedication I was known as a striker, and my instincts for the game are superb.
Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?
First I look for tendencies on certain down and distance. I then look for the top five runs, along with running backs footwork. and then I analyze route running by the running back.
Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?
My old high school friend Tavon Austin who is currently with the St. Louis Rams.
If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?
Steven Tulloch of the Detroit Lions, he’s always around the ball, full of energy, and he’s a striker.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was earning the trust of new coaches at Temple University.
What system fits your style of play the best?
A 4-3 defense as well as a 3-4. I had the opportunity to play in both and i excelled.
What is your biggest strength?
Diagnosing plays quickly, and reacting. When I arrive to the ball I’m a ferocious hitter.
What is your biggest weakness?
Getting in and out of my drops quicker.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
I would say your’re getting a smart responsible player who holds himself accountable. Blue collar player who looks forward to coming to work everyday. And lastly a player that loves to win.
Growing up, who was your role model?
My role model was my Mother growing up because she showed me hard work and dedication pays off, and never to expect hand outs.
Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?
Being from Baltimore it was the Ravens, and my favorite player was Ray Lewis, because I loved his style of play which led me to play the way I do.
What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you overcome it?
The only Tragic moment I’ve ever had was losing my best friend back in high school, after that my main focus was to get out of the city.
If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?
I would love to have dinner with Jay Z, Bill Gates, Dr. Martin Luther Ling Jr.
With your first paycheck what would you buy?
I would buy my mother a house