Overview: Darren Wilson is a senior who is a defensive lineman for Elizabeth City State University. In the last week of October, 2015, he was named CIAA Defensive Lineman of the week, one of two times he received the honor. He is athletic and a good run and pass defender.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Darren, 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 Elizabeth City State University?
DW: THE STORY ABOUT ME SIGNING WITH ELIZABETH CITY STATE UNIVERSITY IS I WAS COMING BACK HOME FROM A VIRGINIA UNION VISIT AND WHEN I CAMEBACK I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO VISIT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY IN P.A. BUT ECSU SCHEDULE THEIR VISIT BEFORE THEN AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE CAMPUS AND THE COACHING STAFF AND VERBALLY COMMITTED MY LAST DAY AND SIGNED ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY 2013.
Christa: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?
DW: MY AGENT GUY F PACKWOOD GREAT GUY, WILL SETUP AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE MY TALENT DURING MY PRO DAY, WHICH IS TBA. RIGHT NOW I AM TRAINING WITH PARABOLIC IN HOWELL NJ ONE OF THE BEST NFL PREPARTION PROGRAM IN THE NATION.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DW: MY STRENGTHS ARE MY BLOCK SHEDDING ABILITY AND PURSUIT ANGLES, MY WEAKNESS IS I TEND TO LOOK IN THE BACKFIELD FOR PLAYS INSTEAD OF LETTING THE PLAYS COME TO ME
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DW: WHAT SEPARATES ME FROM OTHER PLAYERS AT MY POSITION IS MY CONSISTENCY AND PREPARATION.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DW: THE CURRENT NFL DEFENSIVE LINEMEN I WOULD SAY I RESEMBLE ARE GLENN DORSEY AND MIKE DANIELS.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
DW: COACH STEVE RANKIN “BE DETERMINED FOR SUCCESS, NO EXCUSES.”
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
DW: OSTONE MEDEUS AND AVERY WRIGHT
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DW: THE WAY I PREPARE FOR GAME DAY IS DURING THE WEEK WITH FILM STUDY, LIFTING, AND RUNNING. MY PRE GAME RITUALS ARE PRAYING AND VISUALIZING BIG PLAYS.
C: If could be any superhero who would it be and why?
DW: BATMAN, BECAUSE BATMAN IS THE BEST SUPERHERO EVEN THOUGH I LIKE SUPERMAN. I CAN ADMIT BATMAN IS THE BEST, THE REASON WHY IS BECAUSE HE SMART, ALWAYS PREPARED, AND HIS ABILITY TO FIND A WAY TO WIN.
C: What was your favorite moment/play at Elizabeth City State University?
DW: MY FAVORITE PLAY AT ECSU IS A 4TH DOWN SACK AGAINST LINCOLN UNIVERSITY P.A. FOR HOMECOMING, IT WAS GREAT GAME THOSE GUYS CAME DOWN TO NORTH CAROLINA FIGHTING.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Darren Wilson 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.
You can check out his junior year highlights here
You can check out his senior year highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @DWIL_98