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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Rayquan Smith, RB, Virginia State University

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Rayquan Smith, RB, Virginia State University
Rayquan Smith the NIL King and new running back from Virginia State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot for this exclusive interview.
  • Name: Rayquan Smith
  • Position: Running Back
  • College: Virginia State University
  • Height: 5’9
  • Weight: 210
  • Twitter: Rsmith24_
  • Instagram: RayquanSmith

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

In the 2024 NFL Draft, what might make me a top prospect at my position is my exceptional ability to learn and my intelligence to analyze game situations and act quickly on the field. Flexibility to fit into various roles and make a variety of contributions. A thorough understanding of the sport and access to a wealth of data and analysis relating to football. Strong analytical abilities to research opponents, spot trends, and develop winning strategies. Excellent communication skills are required for efficient teamwork, coaching, and situational analysis during games.

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

I became obsessed with football when I was five years old. Unfortunately, when I was 12 years old, my father, who attended Caruthersville High School in Missouri and played football, passed away. I will now complete what he began. I was so engrossed in the action and excitement of the game that I knew right away that I wanted to play football.

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

NFL teams should be aware of my unwavering dedication to improving my abilities, studying the game, and looking for new ways to improve my performance. I would go into every day with a growth mindset, always looking for ways to get better and never settling for average. This commitment would extend to my level of mental and physical training as well as my knowledge of the sport.I would like to show NFL teams that I am willing to put in the effort required to reach my potential and contribute to the success of their organization by highlighting my dedication to continuous improvement.

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

I will donate to AAFA because my dad suffered an asthma attack, and I have seen firsthand the impact it can have on someone’s life. AAFA is a reputable organization that supports research, education, and advocacy for asthma patients, and I believe my contribution will help make a difference in improving the lives of those affected by this condition.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Be who you are”

The advice emphasizes the importance of embracing and expressing one’s true self, focusing on staying true to principles, interests, and values. Being sincere and authentic allows for stronger relationships, decision-making aligned with desires, and personal fulfillment. It acknowledges that each individual is unique and valuable, encouraging individuals to celebrate their uniqueness and embrace their strengths. This approach promotes success in various aspects of life and personal growth, ultimately leading to a life that is true to oneself.

Who was your childhood hero?

Parents significantly shape one’s life and serve as role models, providing guidance, support, and love. Their actions and values inspire admiration and inspiration, making it crucial to have positive role models in one’s life.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Pet peeves include being inconsiderate, which can lead to disrespect and frustration. Examples include cutting in line, not holding doors open, and loudly talking on cell phones in quiet settings. To foster a harmonious environment, it’s crucial to be mindful of actions and consider others’ needs and boundaries.

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

When my father passed away when I was 12 years old, I overcame adversity. I had to quickly mature into a man in order to support my mother, my younger brother, and my mother alone. Even though I was in the seventh grade and dealing with trauma, stress, and depression, I knew I had to step up and support my loved ones. Although it was a difficult time, I learned how to persevere, take responsibility, and value every moment with the people we love.

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

Virginia State University is near my hometown of Richmond, VA, and I transferred there to make the most of the opportunities available to me. The university offers a wide range of academic programs and has a strong reputation for its faculty and resources. Additionally, being close to home allows me to maintain connections with my family and take advantage of the familiar surroundings.

What is your favorite snack food?

Gummy Bears

What is the best part of football?

The atmosphere of the game is electric, with the crowd roaring in anticipation.

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

I am a versatile and dedicated athlete, committed to continuous improvement, who brings a combination of exceptional skills, football intelligence, and leadership to elevate any team I join.

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

Ezekiel Elliott

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

  1. Bo Jackson, a world-renowned athlete, excels in both professional football and baseball. A dinner with him offers first-hand stories, inspiring insights into determination, work ethic, and versatility. Gaining insights into discipline and commitment would be valuable.
  2. Dinner with Dad strengthens family connections, creates lasting memories, and encourages meaningful conversations. Sharing meals and expressing gratitude enhances the experience. (RIP)
  3. City Girls, featuring Yung Miami and JT, have made a significant impact in the music industry with their energetic and empowering tracks. Dining with them offers lively conversations about their journey, creative process, and inspiration. Their perspectives on female empowerment, success, and entertainment navigated will be enlightening.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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