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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kendarin Ray, S, Tulsa

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Kendarin Ray, S, Tulsa
Kendarin Ray the play-making safety from Tulsa recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Kendarin Ray 
  • Position: Safety 
  • College: Tulsa
  • Height: 6’4
  • Weight: 215
  • Twitter: @kendarinray
  • Instagram: @kendarinray

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

  • I believe that my Football IQ is a quality that has allowed me to excel in my position group. Along with my size and athleticism, I’ve studied the game and learned how to put myself in the best position to be successful. When I’m on the field my only thought is to execute 

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

  • It might sound crazy but I believe it was 3 years old when I used to watch my brother play in high school.

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

  • I’m dedicated to my craft and this is much more than a game to me. I have loved to play football since I was a boy this was a dream of mine and I know it sounds cliche but it’s real. 

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

  • Good question, I really don’t have a specific cause in mind, but I definitely donate to different fundraisers and GoFundMe to families in need.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • From my dad during my transition to Safety, “Use this year to grow, learn from the older guys, and trust the coaching”. 

Who was your childhood hero?

  • I would say, my grandpa and my dad, those two have sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am today.  

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

  • Jaise Oliver 

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

  • The hardest moment in my life was when I broke my ankle in 2021 because the game that I have so much passion for was taken from me for a short period. 

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

  • Something that I always loved about TU is the ability to connect to those around me. Being at such a small school I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people who have positively impacted my life, that I’ve also been able to share a piece of my life and be a blessing to them as well. One of the best things that I’ve learned is the importance of community and the power of giving back and doing for others. 

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Lime Flamin Hot Cheetos

What is the best part of football? 

  • Getting to play with my guys (brothers) who are as patient as you about the game

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

  • consistent, passionate, & trustworthy  

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

  • Kam Chancellor due to my size and length 


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