September 28, 2012
Army is hot on Ceesay's trail
While Army has offered and remain in play for several uncommitted top quality defensive end prospects, Solo Ceesay has been a target of the Black Knights' coaching staff, although he was minus Ceesay landing an offer. But it appears that is about to change according to the Saint Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs School prospect.
Presently, he is holding offers from Miami (OH.) along with Navy and said he was elated to hear from the Black Knights of Army Thursday evening.
"They just called me and Coach Mumford (John) is coming up to my school to see me and talk about a serious offer," shares Ceesay, with the obviously excitement in voice. "I got the call 10 minutes ago. First he started asking about my season and he was telling me that he has been watching my film. He told me that he was coming to St. Louis next week and we were discussing what would be a good time to meet. He told me that he would probably be coming in on Thursday. He said he going to come and talk to me about a 'serious' offer from Army on Thursday."
Ceesay has had his sights on the Black Knights for some time now, with hope that an official offer would be forthcoming. "I've always like Army and I went up there during the spring break of my junior year. I actually hung out with Coach Mumford for awhile where he drove me around campus and showed me all their stuff. I always like talking to Coach Mumford ... he's a good guy to talk to, so I was excited about what he said today."
According to Ceesay, beyond Army, Tulsa and Navy, there are a few other schools showing various levels of interest. "There's also schools like California, Tulsa, Minnesota, UCLA and Air Force," adds the 6-foot-3, 250 pound defensive end. "Actually I feel like Air Force is going to pull the trigger after Army does."
Unlike many recruits who aren't often familiar with the overall character of West Point, Ceesay and his family have done their homework. "My mother was really excited when I told about my conversation with Coach Mumford and she likes it," he offers. "She likes the career choices being a West Point graduate. That's why she let me visit early so I could get a good perspective and not be ignorant what happens at West Point."
Although Ceesay recruiting is picking up, he knows that there is plenty of unfinished business on the high school front plays in the traditional three point stance from his defensive end spot.
"Yes, in high school I am typically playing out of a three point stance, but in college because my weight fluctuates between 245 and 250, along with being kind of tall, I could possibly be an outside linebacker," says Ceesay. "Of course that would depend on the scheme that I would go to. I could see myself as a 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker."
On the season, Ceesay and his teammates are 5-0 and play next on Saturday against Westminster Christian Academy. "We dusted everyone we have played so far and hope to continue, says Ceesay, who has 25 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks on the season so far.
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