Overview: Javancy Jones is a defensive end who also played linebacker for Jackson State University. He is a versatile football player who posses a high footo tball I.Q. and is a good tackler. Also he was one of the players who was invited and played in the East-West Shrine Game.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Javancy, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Jackson State University?
JJ: Choosing Jackson State University? My senior year my mother was diagnosed with devic disease and give three months to live. She asked me to stay close to home.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
JJ: My ambition separates me from a lot of people. I believe there is nothing I can’t do in life and if I try and fail then I have to sit down and figure out a different route.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
JJ: My biggest strength is my I.Q. Being able to know what the offense is running before they run it. Biggest weakness is my flexibility which I’m working on that now by taking yoga and pilates.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
JJ: My effort is what separates me. I give my all no matter what the situation. Coaches always told me you can teach skill, but you can’t teach effort and that is some I have naturally!
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
JJ: Khalil Mack because of his versatility. Like me, he played DE, ILB, OLB and still excels wherever the coaches need him. Similarly, we both got all conference awards at two different positions as I was first team DE and second team LB.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
JJ: I fell in love with it around my ninth grade year. That was when I seen it could get me out the hood.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
JJ: Isaiah Crowell. I guess because I was a freshman.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
JJ: To be honest, I’m an old school country church boy. My pump up song is an old gospel “Never Would Have Made It” by Marvin Sapp. I listen to that right after I get done saying my pregame prayer!
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
JJ: My high school coach told me no matter what I go through in life that God has the last say so! He told me I had the potential to be anything I wanted to be and life and to go get it!
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
JJ: That no matter where I end up, the team that gets me getting a work horse. I pride myself on making plays and getting better. I do whatever is necessary to make the team better – whether that is playing DE or LB or even special teams. I bring that type of work ethic and commitment to everything I do. I play for my mom and my daughter and I’m willing to do anything to make them happy!
Locker Room Update would like to thank Javancy Jones for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as a professional football player.
Follow him on Twitter: @TheRealJavJones
Christa is a syndicated New York Jets beat writer and acts as the primary talent scout for Locker Room Update, where she interviews college football players from around the nation. You can follow her author page on Facebook here for the latest updates.