To continue my series of interviewing college football players and recruits, I spoke to Phoenix College sophomore wide receiver Quinton Garrett.
We spoke about a variety of things, such as his connection to former NFL defensive back Toby Wright, his track background, and his plans for the upcoming football season:
Peter Elliott: How does your track and field background translate into success on the football field?
Quinton Garrett: Well, being that I was mainly a jumper/200-meter runner it helped me build up my speed, endurance, and my agility.
PE: What is one quality as an athlete that you possess that you’d like people to know you have?
QG: I have a vast amount of self-confidence. When I step onto the field or track, I believe that I’m the best out there.
PE: What did former NFL defensive back Toby Wright teach you?
QG: He taught me drive and discipline. He taught me that to be successful in life, you have to want to go out and work and do the things it takes to succeed. Also that when the success comes, you have to have self-discipline in order to keep it and hold onto it. Don’t go out doing things you wouldn’t normally do and give into the peer pressure of family, friends, and the people who say that they know you.
PE: Are you two still in contact?
QG: Yeah, a little bit. He never answers his phone for anybody, so you have to catch him at his facility.
PE: What is your plan for the upcoming season?
QG: My plan is to get better with my releases off the ball and working on defeating the press. I also want to be in between 170-185 by the season still at top speed. Also, my plan is to play both ways this upcoming season at Corner and Receiver.
PE: And if I’m not mistaken, you have played corner before, right?
QG: Yes. My junior year I started at corner, and going into my senior year, I transitioned to safety but then I just focused on offense and didn’t play defense my senior year.
PE: Do you think your versatility helps you stand out?
QG: Yes, considering a lot of people try to play both ways but fail to, I was blessed enough for it to work in my favor.
PE: And what position do you plan on playing this season?
QG: I plan on trying out corner during spring ball, and if I excel at that, then I will focus on defense, but it’s more likely that I’ll be playing receiver.
PE: Do you plan on staying at Phoenix College for your sophomore year?
QG: Yes, I do.
PE: Your favorite NFL player is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. Why is that, and what do you see of yourself in him?
QG: I like him because he’s just so humble. He’s also a slim receiver with long arms like myself, and I just like the way he goes up for balls and stays calm in games. He also shows a lot of love to his quarterback and the team in his interviews, and I like that. I’ve been a fan since he was a senior in college!