Cedric Jiles | Mississippi State | DB
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Mississippi State?
A: College at Mississippi State was a grind! At Mississippi State I was taught perseverance, the definition of family and I built callus around my brain due to a few injuries I had due to poor nutrition
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment in sports is returning from a shoulder injury and getting a 70 yard pick six against Ole miss ! Due to film study and great athletic ability.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Mississippi State?
A: Adapt and overcome. At Mississippi State we dealt with a lot of adversity and constantly had to adapt and overcome. Which is why we made it to a bowl game every single year I was there.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: My career was not impacted much. I never stopped training. I was even at basic training for the army doing football workouts after bed check just a few months ago.
My biggest accomplishment in sports is returning from a shoulder injury and getting a 70 yard pick six against Ole miss! Due to film study and great athletic ability.
~ Cedric Jiles
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: Bachelors in Psychology and pursued my Masters in communications. However, did not complete masters due to having a baby girl. I am from Mississippi and I love working with my hands but I definitely could be a suit and tie guy. My plan is to become a welder/ dental hygienist. TWO different worlds but I would weld to have that for a part time rarely and Dental Hygienist full time.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: He can play football and he takes no shit. BUT injuries killed him.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: Most memorable is scoring every little league football game and the one game my grandad came to I did not score. And I was crushed and every since then it has fueled my fire.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: Biggest challenge was eating right but now I am almost finished with my sports nutrition certification and I have an even better understanding of what I want to eat/ need to eat.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: Joe haden. I always have compared myself to him. Favorite corner since high school. We have the same swag.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: Biggest strength is I am a great film student. I am always trying to learn and grow. I should be considered because I have been training forever. I am still in shape. I entered the real world after football and instantly knew the importance of football and its impact on my life. I have a new found dog inside of me that will do anything to be on a team.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I give back to food banks, help at nursing homes. I do all of that because it is something I just always have done. It’s in my opinion human just to do those things. Like you just should.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I train everyday in different categories. Workout three times a week. Football drills every day. Goals = get on a team and be a factor.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: Ultimate achievement is to make the hall of fame. Whether it’s NFL or CFL
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy my wife and kids. AND I enjoy working out those are the only things I enjoy.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: I would go around talking to more people than I do and motivate them. I would say I am motivation.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My mom. Her countless times of being the same person day in and out regardless of the situation.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Unique= first one to go D-1 from Clinton high school in 10 years while I was there and since then I have set the way for many others. Cam Akers was at my high school after me and he won state and went to Florida State and now is killing it for the RAMS.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: Dream job(s) NFL OBVIOUSLY OR anything to do with football making money.