October 7, 2013

Embry a difference maker

Whether it is on offense or defense, Jalen Embry is a difference maker. This weekend, the 5-foot-11, 176-pound Embry decided to take his playmaking ability to Iowa for college, committing to the Hawkeyes during his official visit. We caught up with Detroit King assistant coach Terel Patrick to find out what kind of player and person Iowa is getting in Embry, where he projects in college, plus a whole lot more.

Q: First, can you just talk about Jalen's decision a little bit and what led to his commitment?

PATRICK: Yeah. This whole time Jalen has been just trying to find the place where he's the most comfortable at with the people and the academics. I was under the impression that it was going to last maybe another couple of weeks so he could get up to Wisconsin and then make a final decision, but Jalen called me this morning and said Iowa is the place for him and there's no need to continue his recruitment. He loved the people, he loved the environment, and everyone made him feel special. He said he can see himself building and expanding on those relationships for the next four or five years of his career while he is at Iowa.

Q: What kind of player and what kind of person is Iowa getting in Jalen Embry?

PATRICK: Well, I think that King, as a program, we pride ourselves on having high character kids and Jalen is definitely one of those, so before he even touches the football field, they are getting a high character person. On the football field, the guy is just multidimensional whether it's playing safety, playing cornerback, or playing wide receiver, he can do it all on the football field. He really just absorbs the teaching as well as any player that I've ever coached. He's able to get it done on the field, whatever you need from him.

Q: Do they like him at cornerback initially?

PATRICK: Yeah, they like him at corner, but they got ahold of some of his film this year and he's been exceptional at receiver for us this season. He's been a difference maker, really stretching the field as a receiver, so I'm not sure if cornerback is a done deal yet.

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