Lancaster Works the Field

FOX Sports NEXT is in the streets this fall to bring you all the coverage from across the Midlands region. Recently, we caught up with Lamar defensive back Cedric Lancaster from Houston, Texas. He spoke with us at the Touchdown Club of Houston Dinner and discussed playoff success and his commitment to SMU…

"Things have been great. We have to stay focused and get to that big stage. When we got through the regular season undefeated and started the playoffs, we knew all of those wins didn't matter. We had to take it far in the playoffs."

Rightfully so, as this is exactly what Houston (TX) Lamar defensive back Cedric Lancaster and the Redskin team did. After a 15-7 win over San Antonio O'Connor, Lamar will now have a place in the state game in Class 5A Division I for a chance to play for a championship.

In what has turned out to be a historic season for Lamar, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Lancaster has played a key role on a defense that has played solid for most of the season. In the most recent win, Lancaster had five tackles and three pass break-ups, who plays more of a roam-the-field kind of guy.

So far, that has worked out great for the team. 

"Each week we look to push further and work harder. Starting the season, I was playing cornerback," Lancaster said. "Then, my coach told me that I needed to use my height as an advantage and switched my position to rover. I can roll around and make tackles and be a ball hawk."

Lancaster has done that as well. On the season he has close to 10 interceptions and has played great in the support role on the run. And that could be one of many reasons that SMU decided to get in on what Lancaster has to offer.

During this past season, Lancaster, and teammate defensive tackle Zelt Minor decided that they will take their talents to Dallas.

"I like the coaches. (Assistant) Coach Jason Phillips and I are close," Lancaster said. "We (Phillips and he) keep in touch a lot and I like the campus too. It's cool and laid back and I like the atmosphere. And it's within a city, like where I'm from."

"I'm coming in as an athlete and will probably start as a slot receiver. After that, we will just see from there."

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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