Overview: Deonte Cruse is a versatile player who has experience playing offensive line, defensive line, and full back. He currently plays for the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League. He is an explosive football player who has a lot to offer to a football team.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Deonte, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
DC: I first fell in love with football at age 9 all my friends were playing for this little league team called the una bears so I decided to try it out and liked it. our colors were orange and blue and the paw print we had on our helmets had me fascinated in a way like Clemson helmets and I been in love with the game since.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
DC: My strengths is my explosiveness off the ball and my athleticness all around I usually work out with skill players because I know if I try my best to keep up with them and beat them then that will make me a better lineman in terms of speed and agility. My weakness is my height I only stand at 6’1 so that’s been an issue for me in terms of NFL a lot of d tackles are 6’2 and up and it looks good on paper another weakness would be trying to learn different moves. I have some moves that I use but I could stand to learn more as well as getting faster I run a 5.1 forty I would love to get down to a 4.9 at 305 pounds.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
DC: I love being double teamed and offensive lineman trying to drive me off the ball. I get a thrill out of smacking the guy in front of me every play just dominating him to the point where he doesn’t want to go against me anymore or plays dirty to throw me off my game.
C: What has been your biggest accomplishment during your football career?
DC: My biggest accomplishment was winning a conference championship in juco on a team that was chosen to come in last place in the conference at the beginning of the season.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
DC: I would say Glenn Dorsey we’re almost the exact same 6’1 he’s 295 I’m 305 I was in high school when he went to LSU and we were both #72 and I remember when I was getting recruited by LSU everybody was calling me Glenn Dorsey Jr. and we’ve both torn our ACL in our right knees so he’s been my guy since his LSU days.
C: What can you bring to a professional football team?
DC: I can bring the swat and dea to a team
s=speed to the ball
W= willingness to sacrifice
Last but not least leadership being on championship caliber teams I know what it takes to get there and the bond you got to have with your team we all played for each other.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
DC: The night before a game I watch ESPN and eat a steak dinner and talk to my mom. I usually send her a picture to let her know it’s almost time to go to war she’s been my number 1 fan since I started playing football at age 9.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
DC: Coach Gundy at Oklahoma State said once “Don’t make a choice that makes me determine your fate of playing football”.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
DC: That I’m a big loveable guy that loves the country life.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Deonte Cruse 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.
You can check out his arena highlights here.
You can check out his juco highlights here.
You can check out his Oklahoma State highlights here.
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.