July 06, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Former New Mexico State running back Jermicheal Selders chasing NFL dream
HOUSTON -- Former New Mexico State running back Jermicheal Selders' roots are here in Houston where he was once a blue-chip recruit.
Now, Selders has returned here and is working out diligently trying to earn an NFL opportunity.
Selders @jermicheal is a 6-foot, 210-pounder with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash who's run the 100 meters in 10.5 seconds.
Selders' athleticism is evident in these series of workout videos
He's been training as frequently as three times a day to stay ready for a call from an NFL team.
"Very hungry and just waiting on an opportunity," Selders told National Football Post. "This humbles me. I dealt with adversity when I was in college. I had to work behind an All-American running back. It's adversity. It made me more hungry."
Selders has been training with Rischad Whitfield of Blitz Football who also works with NFL veterans like former Houston Texans Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson and Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
"I'm trying to get myself right working out with Rishad," Selders said. "Explosion and speed is my game. I need that with the type of running back I am. I'm a downhill running back. I can be a power or speed back. I need my explosiveness, speed and power.
"Since I came home, I've been focused on those things getting bigger, faster and stronger. I have to stay in shape and stay ready to go. That's why I work out three times a day I never know when that call is going to happen."
His speed is evident in this highlight video.
The second cousin of Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen, Selders was recruited by West Virginia and Baylor out of high school at Cypress Creek in Houston. He was a first-team all-district and second-team all-state selection.
He was also recruited by Arkansas, Tulane, Tulsa and Vanderbilt.
Although he committed to West Virginia, Selders had academic issues.
He enrolled at City College in San Francisco before transferring to New Mexico State.
“My grades got in the way,” Selders said. “That kind of messed me up at times.
After transferring, Selders redshirted and moved to defense to play safety. He then went back to running back.
He played behind Larry Rose at running back, averaging six yards per carry.
“I’m a physical guy with speed and power,” said Selders, who’s trained at IX Innovations in Houston and is represented by Houston-based agent J.D. Ogilvie. “I will play special teams, free safety, corner or running back. I’m real fast.”
Selders is determined to support his family.
His mother needs two knee replacements. He’s also a devoted father. "I just want to be financially stable and play the game I love," Selders said. "I just want to live my dream and help my family anyway possible." My son needs stability. My dream is still within reach. I’m really motivated. My son is my life. I just want a better life for him. My mom has been struggling.
"I went through so much. I’m just so motivated. I just want to show it on the field. On the field is where I release all my stress. I just want to show everybody, all the people who’s been doubting me that it’s my time to come back.”Selders has trained with his cousin, former New Mexico State wide receiver Justin Allen, the younger brother of Dwayne Allen, at Blitz Football under Rischad Whitfield. Allen is training his brother and other Colts players in London later this week. "Jermicheal is out to prove he belongs in the NFL and that he has the ability to play there," Allen said. "He's been working hard with Rischad to become more of a dual-threat running back. I feel like he's one of the most explosive, physical running backs I've ever seen. Rischad compares him to Jerick McKinnon from the Minnesota Vikings. Jermicheal is hungry and has been working out with us and is up to 210 pounds. His speed and explosiveness are at their peak." "I played under coach George Rush and Jimmy Collins in junior college and coach R. Todd Littlejohn at New Mexico State and coach George and coach Jimmy taught me how to win and the importance of every player. Their motto was to get to every player and improve every player. Coach Littlejohn was the best hands-on coach. He cared about more than just football. He made you a better man. These gentlemen set a great example and are a large reason I've now decided to concentrate on training football players at Blitz Football under Rischad's direction. We're very excited about the improvements that we're seeing from our clients. I thank Rischad Whitfield for the opportunity."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle