John Reid: They were really nice people, and you can tell they really care a lot about their players -- which I really like. Learning from them was my favorite part. They're really down-to-earth people, and they're not going to BS you. They're really straight-forward. They were really cool with everyone, joking around and making sure we were loose. And they pay close to attention to your technique; I really got a lot out of it.
NN: I've heard a lot about that honesty. How do you pick up on that; how do you come to realize they're not one of those used car salesmen kind-of-recruiters?
JR: Just certain things; it's hard to explain. I've talked to a lot of coaches, and you can tell when they're just hyping you up and when they're being honest with you. I've always had a good feeling about it and my dad was around it, and he can tell a BS'er from a mile away.
And it's not just me who says it, so I know I'm not imagining things. You can just tell by certain things. I'm not too big on the recruiting process -- I let my coach handle a lot -- but you can tell they're being honest with certain things.
NN: Is there a reason you decided to attend a three-day camp instead of a one-day camp?
JR: I had a couple teammates going up there, so I wanted to go up there with them and check out the campus. I didn't have anything else to do. It was me and Jake Strain and Olamide Zaccheaus. Zaccheaus plays running back.
It was really last minute, maybe two days before the camp. So it was very last minute. But it was a good experience. I got to meet a lot of friends who are up to Penn State right now, and it was a lot of fun.
NN: What do you like about PSU, and why is it a school you're considering?
JR: It's really close to home, and their alumni base is outrageous. There's a lot of people who I didn't even know went to Penn State and, when I told them I had an offer -- even in my mom's family, like my cousins and stuff -- I found out they went there.
I never really heard anything bad about Penn State. I got a lot of friends who are up there, a lot of friends who want to go there. Plus, on top of that, the football team -- they treat the football players really well, and people have a lot of respect for the football players. And they stress life after football. Like Stephen Obeng; he's in the IST program, and he's already getting a lot of interest from people outside of football. And their whole campus, it just seems like a real big town -- which I really like.
NN: Let's talk a little bit about you as a player. What makes you such a good CB, and what do you need to work on to become more well-rounded?
JR: I think what I need to work on is, just, you can always tweak everything -- but maybe a little bit more patience. You're never a perfect cornerback, so you need to refine everything and just follow the process and get better. I think what makes me better as a player is just how coachable I am. It's always helped me a lot. I'm able to be coached hard. I always respond. For me, I'm a great learner and student of the game.
I study hours and hours of film. And not just high school but people in NFL and college. On top of that, I'm a really athletic cornerback and, to me, I've always compared how good I am at cornerback because I notice people's techniques and put it into my game. Like Darrelle Revis; I'm watching him -- but not just because he's a big name. He's a shutdown corner. I'm not just saying that because he's popular; he's different. He stays square with the guys at the line.
He can disrupt timing, and you can tell he studies film a lot by the way he plays a guy. You never realize how fast he is because he's on position in every play. His technique is almost flawless, and he gets better every year. You should see his film when he was a rookie compared to now