Tamarick Vanover Jr. | Morehouse College | WR and Return Specialist
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Morehouse?
A: I had no offers coming out of high school, I actually came to Morehouse as a preferred walk-on. My high school head coach and I reached out to Morehouse Football and Coach Freeman because I was accepted for academics, and I came up to Morehouse on Admitted Students Day in the Spring before I graduated high school, and I got to meet Coach Freeman and after talking with him for a while he gave me the opportunity to come in the next fall as a preferred walk on, I also received a fall camp invitation. I chose Morehouse because It felt like home when I came and visited and I felt like I could make an impact in the football program. My first year was filled with adversity when I had to come out of pocket to pay for school, which fueled me to take advantage of my redshirt year. I worked hard in the weight room to change my body and I developed my game against the first team defense everyday as a scout team player, I received scout team player of the week a couple of times during the season and had a good spring football campaign which helped me earn a scholarship going into my Redshirt Freshman Season.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: Earning a Football scholarship in which I was a 3 year starter as a Receiver, and 4 year starter as a Punt Returner. I also earned a Track and Field scholarship while in college.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Morehouse?
A: They taught me how to always put myself in position to be successful on the field by teaching me how to read coverages and take film study more serious.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football didn’t work out?
A: Kinesiology and I plan to do physical therapy or get into coaching football.
Q: What would your teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would say I’m good at making the tough catch, they would say I’m fast, and that I’m a good route runner. They would say I have a great work ethic. They would say I’m a great teammate on and off the field.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge was when I had a bad hamstring injury that kept me out of a couple games at the end of my Redshirt Junior Season, and kept me from running full speed for about 2 months. I had to rehab and do a lot of strengthening exercises in order to get my leg back to where I could perform at the level I wanted to.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: I’m a sure handed receiver and return man and I’m a great route runner that understands defensive coverages enabling me to be open for the quarterback more often times than not.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: My mother, Deidra she taught me to work hard for the things you want and to live life without limits.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I am often engaged in community service with the football program or track and field program. They make It a priority for us to get out in the community and represent Morehouse in a positive way.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2019 National Scouting Combine and what are your expectations?
A: I am working out at The Loft Athletic Club in Atlanta, GA. I expect It to be just like the NFL Combine without all of the hype the NFL Combine rightfully holds.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: To become a professional football player in The NFL.