Edwin Velasquez Jr | Baldwin Wallace University | Wide Receiver
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Baldwin Wallace?
A: I chose Baldwin Wallace because when I was looking for a place to transfer to for my senior season, they showed me the highest level of interest and the best opportunity to compete in a successful offense and winning program.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Making it as far as I have, and still competing. In high school I was told I would never be good at football, and I’ve proved it to myself that I can do this, and will continue to do so.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at BWU?
A: The most important thing I’ve learned from my coaches is definitely the notion of paying attention to detail. Every little thing matters, and focusing on the details could be the difference from winning a game or losing a game.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: My major is exercise science, and after football works out and my career is complete, I plan on opening a sports performance gym in South Florida where I am from with my best friend, specifically tailored to athletes trying to make it to the next level. I also plan on pursuing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I think they would say that I am a relentless worker on and off the field, pay attention to the details more than anything, I am always working on my craft as a wide receiver, and most importantly that I am a good teammate and a good person.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: I’d say the most memorable play of my career would either have to be my first touchdown in high school or my first touchdown in college. Both have special places in my memory.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: The biggest challenge for me has probably been sustaining a couple of injuries. I managed those moments by keeping my confidence high and realizing that I am willing to do whatever is necessary to be able to fight through those injuries and getting myself back into good condition.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would say I am most comparable to Keenan Allen and Will Fuller. I think my skillset and play style is similar to them, Keenan Allen for my route running, releases, & mechanics, and Will Fuller because of my elite speed and ability to stretch the field vertically.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength on the field would have to be my speed & route running. Off the field however, a professional team would be getting somebody who is beyond motivated, driven, hungry, and going to be the hardest worker in the building day in and day out until my career comes to an end. All I know is hard work, and it isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: My parents are very involved in our local Church. Sometimes I will take some time to assist in various charities and events that are organized by the church, usually around holidays.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I will be training up at T3 Performance located in Ohio, and am confident that they will have me ready come February 26th. My goal is to run the fastest 40 yard dash time at the event, and getting graded a 3.50 or higher.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement at the National Scouting Combine would definitely be grading out as the highest graded player at the event.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When not playing football, I enjoy watching videos and researching ways to improve my game mentally, whether that be watching film on route running & releases, or reading & watching things on growing self confidence and reaching my full potential. Aside from all that, I like to spend time watching shows on Netflix & Hulu.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Hands down, the most influential people in my life have been my parents & my best friends. Without all of them, I am unsure of where I would be today, mentally & physically. I am blessed with an incredible support system and I appreciate them every day.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I think what makes me unique is how genuinely driven & hungry I am to be successful & reach my goals. Nothing will get in my way of trying to accomplish what I would like to accomplish, & I will always be myself during the process, I think that’s important.