2015 Draft Interview: Lorenzo Waters, S, Rutgers

By Scott Porter | Originally Published on NewEraScouting.com

Lorenzo Waters

Scott Porter: Who is Lorenzo Waters?

Lorenzo Waters: I would describe myself as intuitive, analytical, and extremely optimistic. I am the type of guy who does not need a whole lot of things going on to have fun and enjoy myself. Playing football is what I love to do but my idea of a fun day can be as simple as watching Netflix and being around good company.
Scott Porter: What is the most satisfying aspect of football for you?

Lorenzo Waters: The most satisfying aspect for me is to see all of the hard work from practice, film study and little details in footwork come into fruition in a real game scenario. Not only do I gain satisfaction from my own successes but also from the success of my teammates. Because of the bond I share with my former teammates, I can look in their eyes and gain satisfaction in knowing that we trained harder and are more prepared than whoever is on the other side of the ball.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Lorenzo Waters: One of my greatest strengths would be my knowledge and understanding of the game. I have had the privilege to play as a starter in 37 games in three different Division 1A conferences (Big East, American, Big Ten). The variation in the styles of teams have afforded me the versatility to align against any type of opposing offense and do whatever is asked of me. In addition to my knowledge, I would say another one of my greatest strengths would be my footwork and physicality.

Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishment?
Lorenzo Waters: I believe my greatest accomplishment was leaving an impact on the Rutgers Football team as a captain this past season. There were many young players without any or very little game experience and I believe I was able to be a positive influence by the way I prepared and handled the situation whether we were winning or losing.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?

Lorenzo Waters: Many people would not expect that I am an avid chess player. I have been playing since I was 8 years old. There are always ongoing chess matches between my father and I on my chess app.
Scott Porter: What is something about Lorenzo Waters that not a lot of people know?

Lorenzo Waters: Not many people know that I am a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I placed gold, silver and bronze in the Junior Olympics when I was eleven. Also, most of my childhood was spent playing baseball not football.

Scott Porter: What advice would you have for a young man heading into the college football scene?
Lorenzo Waters: My advice would be to enjoy the moments that cannot be replaced. Times may get uncomfortable but those will be the same moments that you will be most thankful for and remember the most. I would also tell him to always keep in mind what your “why” is in all that you set out to accomplish or do.

Scott Porter: What was your overall experience like at Rutgers?

Lorenzo Waters: I loved everything about my experience at Rutgers. I got to travel and play at multiple venues in front of thousands of fans week to week. There was plenty of good company that made it easy to stay out of trouble. Along with the good came many moments of frustration from losses, injury, etc… It was not until I matured until I realized why so many things had to happen the way that they did in order for me to become the person I am today. I have made friends from three or four years ago that I could depend on for whatever I needed. These friends are not just former teammates, but coaches and other members in the student body.
Quick Hits
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Favorite Song: Nickel Rock- Rick Ross ft. Boosie
Favorite Junk Food: Pizza
Favorite Animal: Lion
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Dream Car: Ashton Martin Vanquish

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