Overview: Jihad Abdur-Rahman is a senior who is a defensive lineman for Delaware State University. He is great athlete who started out playing basketball, before joining the football team. He signed as a tight end before converting into a defensive end. In 2015, he finished with 44 tackles 10 tackles for a loss, and 5 sacks.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Jihad, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Delaware State University?
JAR: I originally was recruited out of high school for basketball. I was at a NAIA school before transferring to play basketball at Delaware State University. Basketball wasn’t working out how I wanted it to, so the defensive line coach at Delaware State asked me to come out for the football team.
C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
JAR: With my film, size, athletic ability and most importantly great numbers at my upcoming Pro-Day.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JAR: My strengths are my quickness and hand speed. Being that I played basketball my entire life I believe that puts me at an advantage over most offensive lineman. My weakness would be my emotions at times during the game. I love to win so losing is a hard pill to swallow.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JAR: The biggest separation from me and other players that play my position is that I can play multiple defensive linemen position.
C: Is there a specific player that you try to model your game after?
JAR: Michael Bennett most definitely. He plays defensive end, 3 technique, and nose tackle at times. He does all of this weighing only around 270lbs.
C: What was it like converting from a tight end to defensive end?
JAR: Playing defense is a lot easier to me than offense. When I played tight end I did too much thinking but when I switched to defensive end my coaches just told me to play fast.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JAR: Jonathan Burgess from Liberty University. He was by far the best offensive linemen I’ve ever faced.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JAR: I like to be extremely energetic and hype before a game. I listen to the same song on repeat before I play. The song is called Earned it by Chief Keef. Music tends to prepare me before a game.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
JAR: I would be the Human Torch because he is one of the smoothest superheroes that ever existed.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Delaware State University?
JAR: My favorite moment at Delaware State University was the day I graduated. I became the first person in my immediate family and second in my entire family with a college degree.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Jihad Abdur-Rahman for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.
Follow him on Twitter: @Jihad_Rahman