Jaylen Johnson | Lake Erie College | DT
Twitter: @jaylenjohnson56 | Instagram: @life_sized_teddy
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose (Lake Erie College)?
A: College was such a great experience filled with great people. My recruiting process was long and stressful until Lake Erie College blessed me with my scholarship and first D-2 offer. I had PWO’s at bigger schools but chose Lake Erie because of the great coaching staff and players I met and impact I could have right away. I was able to have that impact, immediately starting as a freshman and getting GMAC All-Conference and the rest was history.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Being able to have this opportunity right now to showcase my abilities through this combine and play professionally. I was geeked out when I got the email from Mr. Kibble.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at (Lake Erie College)?
A: I would say how to truly lead a team on and off the field and how important it is to be consistent. I went through many staff changes, but I was able to develop my leadership in keeping guys locked into our goals regardless of who was the coach. I developed consistency because my play is the only thing I could control and developed being a consistent violent player. Doing so me starting each year.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I’m a double major in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. My plan for after football is to own an HR firm that helps former athletes get hired into the business world. I plan on directly working with college athletes and help them find internships, jobs, apprenticeships, etc.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: They would say that I’m an outspoken, funny, hardworking, and a committed leader.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: In high school I caught a pick six for about 50 yards during our homecoming game. In college my favorite would be my last sack in my final game of my collegiate career.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge has been maintaining being on deans list every semester while doing football and track and field. I managed it by knowing my dream of playing professionally and wanting to be successful from a business standpoint as well. This gave me drive every day.
Q: Who was the best player you played against during your collegiate career?
A: I would say it’s a tie between Jaquan Hardy, now running back for the Dallas Cowboys, or Ashton Dulin, now receiver for the Indianapolis Colts. Both players were fast and shifty making it harder for me to tackle behind the line of scrimmage. They also were selfless players and I truly respected that.
My plan for after football is to own an HR firm that helps former athletes get hired into the business world. I plan on directly working with college athletes and help them find internships, jobs, apprenticeships, etc.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would compare myself to Ndamukong Suh and Grady Jarret. I possess the same violence and nastiness of Suh, along with the violent hands and run stopping ability of Jarret.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: Physically I’m an unmovable run stopper with violent hands and feet. Other than my physical abilities, I bring natural leadership to a team both on and off the field and will make any professional culture a better one.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I’m involved with Haven of Rest Ministries and give back to homeless individuals. I also volunteer passing on my knowledge of football to young players in middle school and high school.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?A: I enjoy making music when not playing football. Music is another passion of mine and I’ve been fortunate to do shows in Atlanta and all-around Ohio.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: Besides my dad or mom, it’s 100% my little sister. She has always been my motivation for getting up everyday and grinding in the class and on the field so I can make sure she doesn’t struggle at all or worry.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I have an EP Album out titled “Alone at 2 a.m.” that was hosted by the famous comedian DC Young Fly.
Q: If you had the opportunity to play another sport professionally, what sport would you choose?
A: I would choose to be in the UFC. I love how violent and physical it is and how much of a challenge it brings.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: To be a professional football player with multiple businesses and investments.