2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jacquez Carter, WR, Indiana Wesleyan University
- Name: Jacquez Carter
- Position: Wide Receiver
- College: Indiana Wesleyan University
- Height: 6’2
- Weight: 182
- Twitter: @houdini_carter
- Instagram: @8balljit
What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 NFL Draft?
What makes me a top prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft is that I’m a player willing to do anything necessary to put my team in the best situation to be as successful as possible. I have played multiple positions on multiple divisions of collegiate football such as QB, CB, WR, I’ve Returned on KOR, Returned Punts, played cornerback on punt return and also gunner on punt, at the Division 1 level as well as the NAIA level. I’ve seen the game from many different angles & I believe I have that experience advantage over most prospects. Most of all I believe I am one of the most explosive players in the country with the ball in my hands, able to make an electric play at any given moment because of my great playmaking ability and great speed.
At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I was born into a football family, and began playing at the age of 5.
What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
One thing NFL teams should know about me is I’m a kid from south florida with a different kind of chip on my shoulder, born around nothing but elite competition day in and day out so I love competing everyday in everything that I do and am willing to do anything possible to help any organization be as successful as possible and go win a championship!
If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
If I could donate to a cause, it would be towards a mental health aiding cause or suicide prevention cause.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice I’ve received is to control what I can control, do what I am supposed to do and let God take care of the rest.
Who was your childhood hero?
The childhood hero I’d have to give to both of my parents, My mom always preaches to me to work so hard in everything and keep my faith in God to take care of the rest. My dad always teaches me to work hard and never settle for less than my potential, always believing in myself.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
One of the most underrated teammates in my locker would by Clayton Mosher, he’s an athletic & physical sam linebacker, able to run side to side and vertically down the field if need be, all while playing great in the box and making key tackles one on one.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
A pet peeve of mine would be one person trying to tell another person how they should feel in a situation. I feel like if you have an opinion on something or feel some way, trying to convince somebody they shouldn’t feel a certain way is not the way to go about things.
Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
The hardest moment of my life to overcome was when I was stuck at home for Spring of 2021 trying to find a school and nobody was giving me an opportunity to play, and I was thinking about whether or not I would get offered to play football ever again. I was in a very tough place mentally and this gave me the extra motivation to grind to be the best prepared so that when I get my next opportunity I can show why I am one of the best players on any field.
Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
Something special about Indiana Wesleyan University is the relationships between players and coaches, the coaches here really stand on anything they say to you and genuinely care about you as a person off the field in everyday life instead of only caring about the things you can do for them on the football field. They thrive on creating a real family environment which pushes you to want to be your best on the field everyday.
What is your favorite snack food?
A favorite snack of mine although I don’t like sugar too much would be peach rings.
What is the best part of football?
The best part of football is the fun energy with your teammates and making plays, hearing the crowd of people in the stadium cheering as loud as they can, which just pushes me to go harder and harder
If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
If I could sell myself in one sentence, what I would say is, “I’m always one of the most explosive players on any field, willing to give my all every single day to help my program and teammates succeed to the fullest possibility.”
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
In today’s game I find myself a mix of Devonta Smith and Jameson Williams. I have a very smooth playstyle while also bringing quickness and explosiveness to the game.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with 3 people dead or alive, it would be Michael Jordan, Chad Johnson, & Andrew Tate. I would love to hear all of them speak on what it takes to make them so great and to understand how their mind is so fixed on dominating and working so hard to obtain greatness in anything they do. All 3 have the highest confidence in being the best and that is somewhere I want to reach. Along with all the greatness, Ochocinco is one of the funniest and most straightforward people ever and is just himself every day no matter what anyone thinks which would give me a good laugh as well.