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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: EJ Jackson, S, Appalachian State

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: EJ Jackson, S, Appalachian State
Earnest EJ Jackson the big-time safety prospect from Appalachian State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Earnest EJ Jackson
  • Position: Safety
  • College: Appalachian State
  • Height: 5’11 1/2
  • Weight: 192
  • Twitter: @ejjackson21
  • Instagram: ej_nolacking17

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?

What makes me a top prospect in my position is the willingness to not only compete but to learn more about the game of football every chance I get.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I was first introduced to the sport of football at the age of 7 and instantly because interested. I played for the Royal Palm Wildcats.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

I am a giver and God loves a cheerful giver. Meaning he loves me. I will give my teammates, coaches, my opponents, and myself, everything I have; every meeting, every practice, and every play. 

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

If I could donate to one cause in the world it would be to those who are less fortunate to be given a chance. Rather it is homelessness, youth in need of guidance, or to programs that help people get back on their feet. I truly know what it feels like to be given another chance and sometimes all its takes is an opportunity. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

As cliche as it may sound, “Never take life for granted.” I understand that there is a time and season for everything under the sun, and too often we as people don’t value the little things as small as just being able to blink your eyes. Keep your eyes on the prize and Be grateful for it all. 

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero was my 3rd Grade Teacher Ms. Schlenski. She always believed in me and encouraged me to keep trying regardless of the challenges I faced.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

The most underrated teammate in my locker room was QB Davius “Pee-Wee” Richard at Glades Central High School. I think he has made the world of college football a believer now at NCCU. But even back then, his ability to read defenses and carry his team is second to none I’ve ever been around.

What is your biggest pet peeve?


Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

The hardest moment in my life to overcome was being confronted with having to possibly transition away from football after high school because of academics.  

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

During my transition as a Grad transfer from Marshall University, App State took a chance on me and believed in what I could do on the field. That opportunity will always be special to me. 

What is your favorite snack food?

Ranch sunflower seeds.

What is the best part of football?

Football gives me an opportunity to leave it all on the field; anger, stress, disappointment, etc. Being able to release all self-doubt. It is where I am tested the most and I’ve overcome the most. 

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

“I am what you need and will become all that you can ask for.”

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

I compare my play to Jalen Ramsey. I too am a trash-talker that can back it up.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

1. Mark Allen (RIP). Mark was a good friend of mine and I wish he was here living out his football dreams; and so that we could talk about the game like we would do daily. 2. K

Damond Talbot

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