Jeremy Costa: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Jeremy Costa
School: Midland University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
In my final season I set very high standards for myself. My goals were to become an All-Conference DB and lead the conference in interceptions. I came up short on those goals, but ultimately I was not able to maximize my potential at Midland.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
I took advantage of the extra year by coming back to Midland and switching back to my normal position which is Safety. I transferred to Midland in 2020 from Luther College and was recruited to play safety, but was turned into a Bandit my first year. So being able to play multiple positions is something I’m able to do at a very high level.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I think coaches and players would say that I’m a disciplined athlete because I pay attention to the little details. I’m relentless and when I say something I do it. I honestly think any coach and player I’ve been around would say I’m a great teammate and I make others around me better.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
At first I study the offensive scheme and tempo. Which players do they like at the slot or #1? What type of player is there QB, RB’s, TE’s, and WR’s. What are their top plays in each formation? The things I focus on that improve my game is honestly paying attention to my keys. When watching film I like to mimic the play and make my reads as if I was playing in the game. I really feel like that slowed the game down for me and took it to the next level.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separate me from other pro prospects at my position is that I’m a disciplined player and I never make the same mistakes twice. I’m a fast learner and I’ve played safety for over 10 years. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from amazing coaches in the past that have took my game to the next level.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My off-season plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities is to stay in “football” shape. Having a trainer in Nebraska that helps me work specially on things that make me better on the football field is key. Improving on my speed, and change of direction is going to be a focus for me this off-season.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
The strength and abilities I will bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field is that I will bring others up with me. I’ve usually been one of the older guys on most my team and people tend to look up to the guys who do the right things all the time, and I take pride in that. Being able to maximize others potentials is something I can do based on doing things the right way and paying attention to the little details.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues is I only need an opportunity. There is no doubt in my mind I can show scouts that I can compete with the best safeties in the nation. I’ve battled through adversity my whole life and it has only made me better physical, mentally, and athletically.