Kenyon Tomlinson has followed in the footsteps of those before him and served his country. His dream of playing college football never left him.
Football has allowed him to forget the problems he faced. Namely, the gun violence that has cost him more time and memories with friends.
His older brother joined the Army two years before he did, and he believes it was in God’s plan for him to join that branch of the military.
“My service taught me to appreciate all the freedoms we have in this country. My service also taught me the value of the military in America,” Tomlinson said about his Army service.
Kenyon Tomlinson realized he had the talent to play the game at age 12. He recalls scoring a touchdown every game at that age and being the most physical player on the field. As a result, he learned that size doesn’t matter. Speed, velocity, and angles are the only things that matter.
“I want college coaches to know that, with me, you get a leader on and off the field. I have the experience in all aspects of the game being both a player and coach.”
He has also coached high school varsity defensive backs. As a player and coach, he could give a defensive back unit at Division I, Division II, Division III or NAIA levels a coach on the field.
“When I was coaching, I learned that it’s the little things that make a person a great player. So every day, I find time to do exactly that. Work on the little things,” Tomlinson said on what he took away from the coaching side of football. “Technique, footwork, being comfortable with backpedaling and changing direction while maintaining balance.”
Kenyon Tomlinson models his game after Deion Sanders, Darrelle Revis, Sean Taylor and Earl Thomas. Sanders taught him the art of positioning. Revis taught him that any receiver or running back can be guarded if you watch film and find their weakness. Taylor wasn’t afraid to make a big hit and what Tomlinson admires about Thomas is how he stays low, keeps his shoulders square and drives through the ball carrier.
He feels like he’s at his best in man coverage. He’s both physical coming off of the line of scrimmage and he possesses the speed to run with wide receivers. He takes pride in taking away the opposing quarterback’s best options.
“Going against one of the best players on the field at wide receiver. I live for the challenge. Eliminating the best wide receiver is my specialty. I take pride in never giving up touchdowns.”
Kenyon Tomlinson is trying to earn a college scholarship so he will treat these opportunities like job interviews. Preparation plus opportunity equals success.