NewEraScouting’s Scott Porter took the time to sit down with Texas Tech’s Tre Porter for a one on one interview.
Scott Porter: What message would you like to deliver to kids interested in playing the sport of football?
Tre Porter: I would tell them to never give up on their dreams no matter what. I have been doubted all of my life. I out grew all of the expectations that other people had of me. I am not so much working to prove so many people wrong but rather proving myself right. I made my own video that has to do a little bit of overcoming so obstacles and getting the most of my ability. You can watch the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in3kZb1kxjE. Make the most out of every opportunity and never let anything get in the way.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Tre Porter: I would probably say that my awareness and my knowledge of defensive schemes and understanding the defense are the two that stick out to me the most. I do a lot of things well but those two are the first two that come to mind when I think of my biggest strengths. I am also a very good open field tackler.
Scott Porter: What will you be doing from now until draft time to prepare yourself for the NFL?
Tre Porter: I am working hard right now. I stayed in school to get my degree which is very important to me. I will finish this semester. I am focusing on eating right and working out daily, sometimes even twice a day. I am focusing on the mental aspect. I know it is very important to be physical ready for the NFL but as important to be mentally ready for the NFL. I know I have a long road ahead of me and I just want to be in the right mind set to be able to prepare for that road.
Scott Porter: You have played both CB and S. Where do you see yourself in the NFL?
Tre Porter: Honestly, it doesn’t matter and I could see myself at either. I think my versatility will come in handy and will greatly benefit me throughout the process. I have played cornerback, I have played safety and I have lined up in the nickel and covered the slot. I feel I played well at all three positions and wherever a team thinks I will fit in is where I will be. I think playing both positions has helped me become a better player at both positions because there are attributes you learn and pick up from playing both.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Tre Porter: My first goal is to make an NFL team. I want to prepare myself as well as I can for my opportunity. From there I want to contribute in whatever way so that I can help my squad win. If that is cheering from the sidelines, starting on the practice squad or playing from that start I want to take every opportunity and make the most of it and prove I can play in the league.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Tre Porter: I am looking forward to showing people what I have to offer. I want to prove that I have what it takes to be a professional football player. I battled through two high ankle sprains this year and I feel I had a good collegiate career but I feel my best football is still ahead of me.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Tre Porter?
Tre Porter: They are getting a team player who is 100% committed and focused. They are getting a person who is a hard worker and a good listener. I will do whatever it takes and I am very passionate about the game and I will fill any role that I am asked to fill.
Scott Porter: You come from a program that runs a well known spread offense which is known for a great passing game. How has going up against that offense every day in practice helped you out?
Tre Porter: I have faced a lot of NFL players while at Texas Tech. This year we had two outstanding prospects among many others in Eric Ward and Jace Amaro. It really helps going up against great players in practice. It helps you keep focus. To earn a starting job you have to be able to do well against your own players in practice because that is what you are being judged off of during the off-season. The NFL has changed to a more pass oriented league then ever before so I feel the offense we go up again in practice every week has helped prepare me for that. It has challenged me and it has really improved my coverage skills.
Scott Porter: What is a memory that sticks out to you during college?
Tre Porter: IN 2012 we beat Oklahoma at Oklahoma. That was a great memory to me because I had a big interception in that game and it was against my home state. That is something I will never forget.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Tre Porter: I love drawing. I like being creative. I like making videos and I like to play video games.