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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Cam Grandy, TE, Illinois State University

Cam Grandy, TE, Illinois State University
Cam Grandy the standout tight end from Illinois State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Cam Grandy
  • Position: TE
  • College: Illinois State University
  • Height: 6’5”
  • Weight: 255 lbs
  • X (Twitter): @camgrandy89
  • Instagram: @camgrandy10

What made you decide wanted to be a football player?

I learned at a young age that this was a passion of mine. I have always enjoyed sports,
but football was something that I felt I was made to do. Since JFL, I enjoyed that
competition and team building that came with playing football. It came naturally to me.
There is truly nothing better than going through every season with people who become
like brothers. The emotion and energy of a locker room before a game, the summer
conditioning that brings everyone together, or the support after a tough loss. This game
is about more than just a sport being played; it is a family that is being created that has
each other’s backs through it all.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

All the amazing people I have met over the years is something I will cherish forever.
They have made a lasting impact on the man I am today and always pushed me.
Coming from a small high school, having the ability to work with professional trainers
during my college career allowed me to get stronger. They taught me how to take care
of my mind and body. And lastly, I think playing my final college season at Illinois State
is more memorable than anything. Being able to play my final college season closer to
home and have so much of my family and friends be there to witness it, is something I
would not change for anything. To end the season and find out that I was named to first
team all-conference and to be part of the MVC newcomer team was the icing on the

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

I think I am most excited about hopefully turning my dream into a reality. Playing at the
elite level has been a dream since as long as I can remember. I really believe a player is
never done learning. There are always new skills to learn, and I look forward to working on my craft and learning from the best.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and

I think I would choose Jason Witten from the Cowboys. I have been a Dallas Cowboy
fan since I was born, and he has been a favorite player of mine. I like to think that me
and him have similar playing styles and I think I would be able to learn a lot from him.
He might not have stood out every game, but he left everything on the field. He played
with passion and had amazing technique.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

I would have to say my mom. She has always been my biggest supporter and always
taught me to never give up. She has been the backbone of our family. She is a hard
worker and has a heart of gold. She has never missed a game and always gives me
honest feedback on how I played. She is my best friend and I always want to make her

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

I would have to choose the spread offense. I feel like it allows me to showcase all my
skills. I can line up in various places and it allows for numerous play options for both my
run and passing game.

What should we know about Cam Grandy the person?

Cam Grandy is person you can depend on. He is a good friend and teammate. He can
be serious when he needs to be but can also have a whole room laughing. He is strong
mentally and physically. He is family centered and would do anything for the people he
cares for.

What stands out about your film the most?

I think I would say how I finish plays. I do not stop until I hear the whistle blow. My effort
is visible in my film, and I think my strength shows through. Not only am I a threat
blocking, but I have strong receiving skills as well. When I have the ball in my hands, I
do not go down easy.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I think that football has instilled values in me that I can take off the field. I have learned
to take obstacles head on. Football has highs and lows. There are moments of
disappointment and times of pure joy, just like in life. It has taught me to take life on and
live in the moment. For me, the two go hand and hand.

What would a team get in a player like you?

Any team would be guaranteed a player who is dedicated to putting in not only the
required work, but someone who puts in extra work to ensure that I am at my best. I am
someone who always strives to be the best I can be. Whether it is in the weight room,
on the field, or off the field, I give it my all. I do not give up. I am a team player. I create
positive relationships with my teammates, and I push them to be their best too. I am
levelheaded and focused.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

I love the energy of the sport and the emotion that comes from every moment. On the
field, I am my happiest. To experience the team dynamic and excitement that everyone
has for one another is like being a part of a big family. I love the strategic play and
knowledge of the game that is required to be a player. This game is not easy, it pushes
me to new limits and keeps me grounded. I look forward to watching film and learning
from every past game and play to improve. I am a competitor at heart and the
competitive drive that builds up every game is something I always look forward to. I
want to make sure that I make an impact every play.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I would have to say Evan Chohon who I played with at Missouri Western. He was a
linebacker. He was always putting in the extra hours with me in the weight room and on
the field. He had a real knowledge of the game. I think his size effected people’s
perception of the player he was.

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