Title: LRU Spotlight: Interview with 2016 NFL Draft Prospect, De’Anthony Cloyd

Height: 6’0
Weight: 235

Overview: De’Anthony Cloyd was a senior who started off his college career doing wrestling for American International University and Midland University before playing football. He transferred to Los Angeles Pierce College to play football and finished his football career at Virginia University of Lynchburg. He played middle linebacker and defensive end. He is a great athlete and has good instincts.

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Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Virginia University of Lynchburg?

DC: After attending multiple college due to being a two sport athlete I started my first two years of college wrestling at the American International University and Midland University. Shortly then I lost my need to compete in wrestling l choose to play football and went to Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills. That time help me get back into the rhythm of being a college athlete after taking a semester off from school. I left Jr. college with plans to start a franchise, while I take classes and prepare for the upcoming upcoming season. After months of school and declaring choices that had to be made I decided to finish my career at Virginia University of Lynchburg it’s was home. It didn’t have much but it was a tool to work with maybe a couple of them maybe not the newest tools in the box but they work and got the job done on and off the field.

C: Since you are from a smaller school, how do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by scouts?

DC: I just recently attended the regional combine which was a “blast” really networked and learned some new things more so about what the NFL scouts are looking for so it has me confirmation what my focus needs to be on while training so that when I camp comes my mind, body and spirt will be well conditioned for the task. I think it’s simple “keep pounding” “keep knocking on heaven’s door” coming from a small school it means I need to compete with the elite Iv verb playing with and against the most elite athletes on god’s green earth and many of them have or already played in the NFL it’s just simply “my time” and I won’t be denied. I came from a small school due to circumstances that could not be helped. What I did was I went to school and I’m soon to graduate this summer. My whole theme is a “journey” that road has been taken only by the visions god blesses me with. I’m to show up to as many as football events as I can across America. Show face and compete as if I’m trying to set a new limit on what it means to work hard, commit to your vision and take responsibility for every action in the process. I’m my best representative I don’t have an agent right now. As my great grandmother said, stick to the golden rule and you’ll always be fine. That rule is “treating others like you wanted to be treated by doing the right thing by mankind and the right things shall happen for you within your life.

C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

DC: My strengths are my instincts and fight to the ball. During this process it’s been a lot of measurements. Sitting in the back of my mind I’m thinking where’s the test that measures a man heart, strength of his mind and natural born instincts to find the ball as a linebacker or run and grab a deep ball as a wide out. My weakness, I have none and if there are any first off they aren’t in my book. Secondly if it’s coachable I’ll pick it up in the mist of the storm and hold on to it like it’s all I got.

C: What separates you from the other players at your position?

DC: My instinct… My mystic ability to be around the ball no matter how fast, big or strong my opponent is… I have my ways of getting the job done but still incorporating team goals and values. Which brings me to my leadership ability. Outside if studying leadership, it’s a natural identity for me in any and all setting I’m dealing with. That means handling things on and off the field. My ability to use the field to my advantage. Last but not least I’m controlled but a relentless fighter to the ball.

C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?

DC: I’ll give you both. James Harrison now and Lawrence Taylor.

C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?

DC: Get out of my office and leave my equipment.

C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?

DC: This pass season we faced Livingston College they had a QB that was a true magician with the ball in his hands. It was very hard to keep any eye on the ball with him

C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?

DC: Watching my favorite players in the morning of the game with lots of OJ (laughs) once I’m in the locker room I run so GOGO which is a Washington DC genres of music or some hip hop the close it gets to game time I slow it down. Tribal music or slow grooves lol I’m a well-rounded guy and my game is the same way on the field you never know what I’m coming with when in playing football. Game time I line up at the 50 and I talk to my “higher one” for safety for both teams.

C: If could you be any superhero who would it be and why?

DC: DeAnthony J Cloyd. I’m someone’s hero I just haven’t meet them yet.

C: What was your favorite moment/play at Virginia University of Lynchburg?

DC: Each and every one game. VUL seems and understood my vision for the game of football as well as what in trying to bring to the community.

Locker Room Update would like to thank De’Anthony Cloyd 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.

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Follow him on Twitter: @Black5tar2

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