Tarell Basham: My Life As An NFL Draft Prospect

Apr 17, 2017 | by Tarell Basham and Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports

When I was eight, I wrote my mom a letter telling her that I was going to the NFL. I made the decision at that young age and to this day, my mom still has that letter.

I wanted to be a running back at first, because my favorite player at the time was Ricky Williams and my favorite team was the Miami Dolphins. I was never able to realize that desire to be a running back since I was a bigger kid, so the coaches decided it was better for me to play in the trenches on the offensive and defensive line.

Due to a low GPA coming out of high school, I wasn’t able to go and play in college right away and I attended the Hargrave Military Academy. I wasn’t recruited very highly out of high school anyway, so going to Hargrave was big for me because a lot of college coaches would come out to watch us play. The academy has a reputation for turning out D I prospects both when I was there and in the years before me.

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