Overview: Taronn Selby is a senior who was also a wide receiver for Delaware State University. He started off playing primarily on special teams and he successfully worked his way up into the starting line up at wide receiver. In 2018, he was one of the players selected to the Phil Steele Preseason All-MEAC team. In 2017, he lead the team in catches with 35 receptions. He has great speed, separation, and has a great work ethic.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Taronn, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality, his experience playing in the FCS Bowl, and his love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Delaware State University?
TS: There are a few reasons on why I chose Delaware State University, they were the first school in the country to see potential in both me and my brother and offered us a full scholarship. They offered us during our sophomore years of high school the day after we got blown out in the state championship game so by them doing that, we knew that the love there was genuine. This is also one of the few schools that would allow me and my brother to stay together where at the time we felt as though we were a package deal. Lastly, it’s close to home so it allowed for family and friends to attend every game which was also what we wanted.
C: I heard that you participated in the FCS Bowl in Florida. For you to be there in front of scouts and executives showing your talents, what did that mean for you?
TS: Being invited to play in the FCS National Bowl was huge for me and getting to play on that big stage in front of many scouts was just what I needed. It was a great experience for me and I took full advantage of that opportunity. Playing in the FCS Bowl gave me the opportunity to show my skill set and show what I can do on a higher level and I feel like I really embraced it and showed my worth to many scouts and executives.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
TS: My strengths are definitely my speed, physicality, and verticality
getting in and out of my breaks, my ability to play all special teams, and I’m very coachable. As far as weaknesses, I lack ideal size however, I use this to my advantage.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
TS: My ability to create separation, I’m very good in space and have a great combination of speed and quickness. Also, I believe that my work ethic is second to none, I refuse to be out worked and I know that is what will continue to separate me.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
TS: I feel like I have many similarities to Antonio Brown, we are similar in size and have similar playmaking ability and quickness off the line.
C: If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you 10 seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
TS: If you are looking for a playmaker that has that dog in him, that can play all special teams, and have the heart of a lion with a great football IQ, and simply just loves and respects the game, then why not give Taronn Selby a chance. All I need is one opportunity and I promise I will not disappoint.
C: Would you consider yourself more of a speedster type wide receiver or a possession type wide receiver?
TS: Definitely have more of a speedster type of playing style, I have great ability to create separation with my speed and quickness, and I’m very capable of taking the top off at any given moment.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
TS: After the last game of my junior season, the entire coaching staff had been fired and my receiver coach at the time, Jelani Berassa, said to me before leaving “Scooter (My Nickname) you are going to be great at whatever you do. If you keep the same mindset and keep handling your business the way you do. Just hope everything we been through in our time together helps you to achieve whatever you want. I appreciate you achieving everything I asked of you” this text that he sent me really meant a lot because knowing the tough, hard-nosed coach that he is, it’s hard to get praise from someone like him. This really meant a lot and inspired me to go even harder.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
TS: From the time I wake up until the time I get in the locker room I’m usually playing music, typically listening my Philly rappers such as Meek Mill, PNB Rock, Kur, and Quilly. Once I get in the locker room, I turn the music off and I like to just think to myself about the game, about the game plan, and I visualize myself making the plays that I made all week in practice. Lastly, as I put my pads on I just have a conversation with God and simply just thank him for everything.
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
TS: I love the game of Football, Football has changed my life and has introduced me to a world that I thought I never would see. I want to make a living off this game and be able to provide for my family for the rest of their life. Everything that I do is for my family, for my last name, and my biggest goal in life is to make them proud and give back to them everything that they gave to me and more.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Taronn Selby 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.
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.