Abdul Turay has been one of the top young prospects coming through the youth football ranks in NJ. He recently made his high school decision and will be attending SJV (Saint John Vianney High School) in Holmdel NJ. At such a young age he seems to have the raw abilities and traits to develop into a top prospect/athlete throughout his high school career. Abdul recently took time to sit down with NFL Draft Diamonds Nick DiMeglio for this story.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your journey to this point
My journey to this point is to work hard in high school football and academics and to be a leader on and off the football field.
Q: What are your plans going into your first high school season?
My plans going into my first high school season is to play to some extent on the varsity level and to get more than 10 TDs and over 600 rushing yards.
Q: Many athletes gain so much hype early on in youth football and don’t transition well to the high school level. What is your plan to prevent this from happening?
My plan to prevent this from happening is to work hard in the offseason, take care of my body, gain muscle mass, and work on the things that I need to improve.
Q: What made you get into playing the game of football?
I always use to play backyard football with my friends. But what really made me get into the game of tackle football was my big brother Mohamed Turay, I always used to go to his high school football games and support him and his team. And the vibes and feel of the game watching him play at a young age started my love for the game.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned in your early career so far?
The biggest lesson I learned in my early career so far is to be humble and patient and never get too high or too low.
Q: Who do you look up to the most and why?
I would say Barry Sanders because I watch his football highlights and his style of running the ball has influenced my play style at running back.
Q: What are your biggest strengths that will transition well in your high school seasons to come?
My biggest strengths that will transition well in my high school career is my ability to push myself even through hard times and to hone in my craft/skills.
Q: What are some weaknesses you have that you plan to improve on going into your high school career?
A weakness that I need to improve on going into my high school career would be being more consistent. I need to be consistent with my education, training with coaches, trainers, and myself.
Q: Has college recruiting begun for you as yet?
Small level introductions since my 8th-grade year and now that I have decided where I will be playing at for high school- SJV (Saint John Vianney High School).
Q: Did you have any family members that played the game that influenced your passion for football?
I have several family members that have played football and been successful and have influenced my passion for football.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in high school?
For me, I am most looking forward to being able to compete and hopefully win state championships, receive college offers, and make a name for myself in the NJ area and the SJV (Saint John Vianney High School) community.