Dwayne Frampton Arkansas State Hi-Lights (via isasports)
In 2007, a gifted wide receiver was coming out of Dorsey High School in Wilmington, California. Not many people knew who Dwayne Frampton was, but it wasn’t because of his production. He hauled in 47 receptions for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year, and was very hard to cover. Although he doesn’t wow people with his size 5’9, 180 pounds, he is very good at running routes and getting separation.
Frampton helped lead Los Angeles Harbor to a 9-2 overall record and the Mountain Conference championship with a 6-1 league record in 2009. Frampton then went on to post 78 receptions for 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore. As a JUCO All American, he averaged 111.8 receiving yards per game and 16.0 yards per catch, and was rated in the top 75 JUCO transfers.
After transferring to Arkansas State, the gutsy receiver posted a team-high 69 receptions that were the second most in school history and a team-high 738 receiving yards. As a very smart kid, Frampton made the Honor Roll his junior year and first year for the Red Wolves. This year Frampton started off the season on the Biletnikoff Award Watch List. He finished the season with 94 receptions for 1154 yards and six touchdowns where he finished 12th in the NCAA.
Dwayne has been working out in Boca Raton, Florida and is preparing for the NFL Draft. He was able to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule for us at Mocking the Draft, so make sure you show your support to the young Wide Receiver.
When coming out of Dorsey high school, what teams were recruiting you?
The teams that showed interest were Washington State, Oregon State, and Idaho, but I missed my SAT score by a few points. So I ultimately chose to go to LA Harbor Junior College.
What was the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to you and how did you overcome the problem?
I was a little kid and we were playing outside my grandmother’s house. It was around 2 pm in the evening. There were 2 guys, who came up to both me and my friend. They began trying to reach in my friends pocket and rob him, but he began to fight them back. One of the kids, a sixteen year old, pulled out a gun and shot my friend numerous times killing him. I just sat there, in shock, here was an 11 year old kid that got shot numerous times by a gang member, for nothing. I told myself I had to get out of my neighborhood. We were just kids going to practice, it was bad. I use that as motivation to get out of there, I don’t want my son to go through that. There are tons of good kids from South Central, but there others that ruin it for the athletes, and the good kids. Kids get tired of getting picked on, and they join a gang, for brotherhood. That to me hurts, I want to see things change there.
How did you choose Arkansas State as your school of choice, and were their other schools recruiting you?
I was called by Kansas State, Colorado, Utah State, Idaho and Arkansas State. Arkansas State returned my calls and Coach Roberts came with an offer so I could play in spring practices. He was the first to respond back to me, I tried calling all of them, but Coach Roberts was there for me. I was pumped to go to Arkansas State, and I think I did pretty good, I broke all the receiving records in just 2 seasons, so thank you ASU.
If you could change one thing in your game to make you a more elite player, what would you change?
Truthfully, I would say my patience in and out of my cuts. Letting another route develop, I am so quick to get to the point, I am going to have to let things develop. That is what I need to work on first and foremost.
Where have you been working out and who is training you?
I have been working out at Impact with Chris Chambers in Florida. I am working with a trainer who was a Jamaican Olympian named Matt Love, and my doctor/rehab specialist is Doctor Pete, who has worked with all the best guys in the NFL such as Ray Lewis.
What happens if you are not drafted, how would you feel?
Of course everyone wants their name called, I would be upset, but I believe in God, and all my hard work will pay off. If not, I will keep playing, I already have a chip on my shoulder. Everyone says I am 5’9 and I am too small, and I love it. I will go into camp, and think of all the teams that dogged me. Whoever passed on me will pay when I play them. The same way the Dolphins are saying about Wes Welker, The Jets are saying about Danny Woodhead, and the Cowboys are saying about Danny Amendola.
Who was the most influential person in your life, and how are they so influential?
My son, he is very influential to me. The year he was born, my life changed. I stopped everything in my life that was negative, and began working harder to provide for my child.
What was it like growing up in California?
It was not easy, my father has been in the prison system for 13 years, at Pelican bay Prison in California. I still talk with my father through letters and he has always been supportive of me. My mother and family raised me extremely well, and I am thankful I have this opportunity to accomplish my dream. California was crazy, a ton of gang violence but it is my home.
When you are watching film on the defense, what do you look at?
I look at the front, and how quick they are penetrating, because If it is man, I have a little more time to use a move if they are not getting a good push. Then I focus on the line backers, I watch their lateral movement, can they cover?, Do they drop deep? Then I watch the last row, to see what they run. Cover 2, I break down the entire defense by rows, that is how I focus on the defense.
What round were you projected to get drafted in?
I have heard a ton of things, I would say 6th – Priority Free Agent
Who do you think your game resembles in the NFL?
I am a 3 in 1, When I am attacking I am Steve Smith, Out of Breaks, I'm like Wes Welker, and when you look at consistency I am like Deion Branch. If you look at all these receivers I am just like them, 5’9. They made it and are all very successful.
What makes you a better Wide Receiver than the other 2012 NFL Draft eligible players?
My work ethic, my sacrifices. I know I am not at Auburn or Notre Dame, but I work way harder than them. Take Antonio Brown, he was a walk on, look at Victor Cruz, my work ethic separates me from every WR in this class. I am not cocky, I am confident, I am training to be great, and I will not let one person get in my way. I will be there. How many wide receivers do you know, that is with his quarterback at 1 in the morning throwing routes while everyone else is partying, I did that my entire senior year.
Answer this question for me, In ten years from now, I will be _____________?
Successful, and still playing in the National Football League.
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