Tyrell Pearson Interview
Sr. / South Alabama / CB
Updated - 2-19-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Tyrell Pearson: My height is 5’9, my weight is 160 right now and my best forty time is a 4.38. I posted that time in the summer at South Alabama before my senior season. I ran it twice. I ran a 4.38 and a 4.4 flat.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Tyrell Pearson: I didn’t have any schools interested in me. There were a few D-II schools like Tusculum College in Tennessee and Newberry College in South Carolina. But I didn’t want to go there. I decided to go to a junior college and find an opportunity to play D-I ball.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at Mesa junior college in Arizona?
Tyrell Pearson: I am from South Carolina. My mentor was looking up some junior colleges. He suggested that I should go to Arizona. He told me that it would be a good opportunity to view the world. I would see a different lifestyle. It would make me grow up faster. I got an Associate’s degree. It was the best decision that I have ever made.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to South Alabama?
Tyrell Pearson: I was a two time All-American at a junior college. I led the Western States League in interceptions with eight my sophomore year. I had a couple of offers. South Alabama was after me. Charleston Southern came later on. Arizona State and UA were interested a little bit. But they were concerned about my size. South Alabama stuck with me from the beginning. It felt like a family. It was close to home. It was seven hours from South Carolina. It was a good decision.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your career with the Jaguars.
Tyrell Pearson: It was pretty tough in the beginning. I did pretty well. I led the team with four INT’s during my junior season. We didn’t do too well as a team. We had coaching staff changes. A new defensive coordinator Kevin Sherrer was hired from Alabama. I love the guy to death. He showed me a lot as far as life. I became a better player because of him. We went 6-6 my senior year, but we didn’t get invited to a bowl game.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Tyrell Pearson: I am training at D1 Sports in Greenville, South Carolina. I go hard every day except for Wednesday. I get up at 6 o’clock in the morning. I do a lot of pro agility drills. I work on 10-yard starts and vertical tests. I work on explosiveness. We go heavy in the weight room every day. I have met new people. I love the experience. Kadarron Anderson is my trainer. He used to play at Furman University. He played with the Titans and the Saints. He is a trainer that has been through it. I appreciate him a lot.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to show scouts during your Pro Day?
Tyrell Pearson: I plan to show them my speed. I want to show how fast I am and how high I can jump. I will take it as a business trip. I am really focusing on my pro day.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Tyrell Pearson: I would say that I am a playmaker. I am ball hawk. In this day and age, offenses throw a lot. Teams are looking for defensive backs that make big plays. My biggest strength is having great ball skills.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Tyrell Pearson: Getting faster. You can never get too fast. I also need to get stronger. I need to put on more weight. I am also working on the little things.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Tyrell Pearson: The game against Western Kentucky my senior year. Bobby Petrino coached them. They thought that they would run over us. I had two interceptions during that game. It was the best game of my collegiate career. I was watching a lot of film on them and getting ready the whole week.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Tyrell Pearson: Brent Grimes. I like his game. He came from a small school. He worked his way up. He became a great defensive player.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
Tyrell Pearson: I am a ball hawk. I show the willingness to get the ball while it is in the air. My work ethic also stands out.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Tyrell Pearson: I would probably say that my own teammates Danny Woodson and Shavarez Smith. They are the best receivers that I went up against every day. They are both big. Shavarez was a first team Sun Belt player. He is a great receiver.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassmen on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Tyrell Pearson: Defensive back Akeem (Appleton) and another player is safety little Bill (Devon Earl).
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Tyrell Pearson: I am just expressing myself on the field. It is a relief. You just release everything on the field that you have bottled up inside. It is a stress reliever.
Alex Khvatov: You became a father recently, how has that changed your life?
Tyrell Pearson: You are not only working for yourself anymore. You have to give your daughter a place to live. You have to be a provider for her. It is a lot of motivation.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Tyrell Pearson: I like to play Xbox. I play Madden. I like to look at different cornerbacks. I look at their highlight tapes and their stories. I spend a lot of time with my little girl. It is amazing.
Alex Khvatov: What do you think of CB Richard Sherman?
Tyrell Pearson: He is the best right now. He talks trash, but he backs it up with his play.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Tyrell Pearson: I wan to go back to school and get the degree. It is the first thing that I plan to do. Everything will take care of itself.
Alex Khvatov: How do you feel being a small fish in a large pond?
Tyrell Pearson: It is a lot of stress knowing that you can play against big time schools and players. But if you can play, they will find you. I will work my tail off.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Tyrell Pearson is….
Tyrell Pearson: A hard worker, great teammate and a leader. I don’t lead through speaking, but by my actions on and off the field. I am a competitor.
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