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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Quantay Person, LB, Western New Mexico University

Quantay Person the versatile linebacker from Western New Mexico recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
Quantay Person the versatile linebacker from Western New Mexico recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Quantay Person
  • Position: Inside Linebacker
  • College: Western New Mexico University 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 230lbs
  • Twitter: @athletic_prince
  • Instagram: x.Skadoosh.x

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

I think my playmaking ability combined with my speed, athleticism and overall physicality will set me apart from most. I make plays in clutch situations and my love for the game is unique. I believe I can be a game changer in the NFL.

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

I’ve loved football for as long as I can remember. Although I didn’t play football until my sophomore year of high school, I picked up on things pretty quickly and fell in love with the sport.

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

I am a dominate player who likes to binge watch film. 

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

I would love to donate to help decline homelessness rates and provide healthcare for the less fortunate.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

One of my coaches from high school Coach Romero, told me before a game against our rival school, something that stuck with me and I applied it to life. He said “Don’t worry about getting big hits, make the tackle first and the big hits will come.” This taught me the value of patience and self-belief. Even though the big goal is achievable, taking the right steps in between will allow you to reach that goal and more. Believing in myself given whatever circumstances kept me strong enough to keep going. I just had to do the work.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero would be my step brother Xavier. I grew up with mostly women so once I moved with my dad, having a brother who was competitive made me competitive and made me believe I will always achieve more with the more determination I have to be better.

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

Tobi Sonaike will be a great asset at receiver. He’s long-tall, fast and is a playmaker. He also works hard in-season and offseason.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is probably getting asked too many questions during a movie.

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

I was homeless after high school for 2 years. I was either bouncing from couch to couch or sleeping outside at a park in my city. I still had a phone and one day I got an opportunity to go play at NCTC, a junior college in Minnesota. After losing many friends back home including my best friend to gun violence, I got another opportunity to play at William Jewell College in Missouri. While I was there, my cousin was killed back home and making it through all this made me who I am today.

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

WNMU has given me one last opportunity to write my own narrative in life. Taking a chance on me as a senior I know I’m expected to play a winning role. I’m all about making history and I believe good things are in the future of Western New Mexico University.

What is your favorite snack food? 

Purple Doritos or cheddar/sour cream Pringles.

What is the best part of football? 

The best part about football to me are the bonds with teammates. I will have lifelong friendships and memories with teammates and those friendships have taught me a lot about life. Nobody’s perfect but we all tend to the strengths of each other and build brother-like bonds.

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

I have a strong work ethic and I perform well in high pressure situations.

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

Probably Micah Parsons. He’s one of the most versatile players in the league, playing inside linebacker and also pass rushing extremely well.

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

My cousin Baldy, and my best friend Scoop just because I miss them and also my stepmom Tameka.

Damond Talbot

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