Alex Khvatov: What are your
measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Right now, I am 6’1, 213. My forty time is in the mid
4.4s. My best forty time was a 4.3.
Alex Khvatov: You have a very unique name, what does
It is Nigerian. It means gift from God. My mother named
that. It is a name that comes with great expectations.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what
programs showed interest in you?
I was rated the number 17 safety in the country. I had 23
Division I scholarships. My top five schools were Penn
State, Illinois, Virginia, Boston College and Maryland.
Alex Khvatov: What made you choose Boston College?
Boston College was the right school for me. They were the
first to offer me a scholarship. My mom really liked the
school. It made her happy. I am very close to my mom. It
is a Catholic school. I felt like I could play anywhere.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to
Basically, I failed one drug test at Boston College. A
first offense is just a warning for a lot of guys. But it
was different for me. I got dismissed from the program.
But it was a blessing. It got me out of that program. I
missed the entire year. I graduated and then I could
transfer to another D-I school without having to sit out. I
got a lot of offers from teams. My best friend Dominick
LeGrande was also transferring from Boston College.
Marshall offered both of us a scholarship. We wanted to
finish our college career together.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your senior season at
It was amazing. It was a blessing. Everybody accepted us
the first time we stepped foot on that campus. It was a
family atmosphere. I had a successful season. I had 108
tackles, 7 pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced
fumble. It was really amazing.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you training for the NFL
I was training in Chicago. I had a trainer and I was there
for 5 weeks. Then I was training near my home. I just
finished my last three weeks there. Now I am back at
Marshall preparing for the pro day.
Alex Khvatov: What results can we expect from you at
your pro day?
I should have a great day. I have the vertical jump first.
I am ready to jump at about 36 inches or better. I am
shooting for 37 inches. I bench pressed 27 times last
week. I want to get about 30 reps at the pro day. I am
shooting for a low 4.4 forty. I want to hit the numbers out
of the park. A lot of guys don’t know my name.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
My strength as a player is my knowledge of the game. I am
really good in the film room. The classroom aspect is
really important. Boston College taught me that. I played
with Luke Kuechly, and he was a classroom guy. I watch film
all the time. I play faster on the field because I know
what’s going on. I am also a physical player. I am a sure
tackler. I make a lot of tackles.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game are you trying
to improve upon?
I need to get better in my hips. I need to work on pass
coverage. I am always working on my hands.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career
up to this point?
I would say that when I got knocked down. I played as a
redshirt sophomore. I was getting more comfortable on the
field. The incident happened going into my redshirt junior
year. It knocked me down. It made me focus. I trained
really hard when I was not playing. I had faith that some
school would call me. I believed in God. I was ecstatic
when Marshall offered me. This incident was a big turning
point for me. I never trained so hard before that. It was
a transformation for me.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the
other players at your position?
I feel like I am physical. A lot of guys don’t want to be
physical. I am also knowledge about the game. I am always
in the film room with Dom (Dominick LeGrande) after
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
I don’t really have one. I guess I root for the Redskins.
They are my hometown team.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
I used to be a big die-hard Sean Taylor fan. I always tried
to model my game after him. After he passed away, I never
focused on getting another favorite player.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team
should we keep an eye on in the future?
D.J. Hunter was a Freshman All-American last year. He is an
outside linebacker. He is moving to safety. He is a very
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
It is all about football. I love to read about football
when I am not playing. I watch movies. I like to take a
nap. I don’t play video games anymore.
Alex Khvatov: If you could have dinner with anyone,
who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with Ed Reed. I would like to pick his
brain. He is very knowledgeable about the game.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life
after your football career is over?
I plan to do something with my name on it. I want to help
people. I want to give back.
Alex Khvatov: What did you enjoy most about playing
I enjoyed the fans. They are crazy. I was blessed to play
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Okechukwu Okoroha
On the field, I feel like I am a physical athlete. I can do
anything that you ask me to do. I am coachable. I have the
speed. I am physical and knowledgeable. I can do
anything. I am under the radar right now. I am excited for
my pro day. I am a happy guy off the field. I am relaxed.