DT Gage Cervenka Profile
The NFL Draft is only one week away, and there are several ex-Clemson
defensive tackles hoping to have their names called. Grady Jarrett is a
sure-fire NFL draft pick. Joining him are fellow tackles DeShawn Williams
and Josh Watson. Williams and Watson may not hear their names called in the
7-round draft, but they will certainly get a chance in free agency to show
their talents at the next level, should they go undrafted.
As Clemson finished up spring practice, it was looking to continue
developing depth at the interior of the defensive line. One defensive tackle
who has not yet joined the fray is incoming-freshman Gage Cervenka
(Greenwood, S.C.) from Emerald High School. Cervenka just recently finished
up his high school athletic career, both on and off the football field. He
was on campus for Clemson's spring game and took some time to catch up with
CUTigers to recap his visit.
"I just focused on watching the defense and saw how things run in a game,"
said Cervenka. "I talk to Coach (Dan) Brooks, Josh Watson and Grady Jarrett
a lot when I'm in Clemson. I watch DJ Reader, Carlos Watkins and Scott
Pagano and talk to them when I get a chance."
Cervenka has already started picking up tips from the older, more
experienced players at his position. "I've learned that you have to be able
to move, stay low and just learn the defense," continued Cervenka.
Despite going on to play football collegiately, Cervenka most recently
finished his high school wrestling career. This included an achievement
never-before seen in South Carolina.
"It felt amazing. Words really can't
describe how I felt. It's just exciting to say that I am the first four-time
heavyweight state champion. The key was to just stay focused, put in work at
practice and just go into each match like it's my last one. And that helped
me win my last one," said Cervenka.
As Cervenka approaches his first year on campus with the Tigers, he's seen
the drive needed to compete on the gridiron through his accomplishments on
the wrestling mat.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can to get a chance to
play this season. A goal I set for myself was to start as a freshman, and
I'm going to do everything I need to so I can get out on that field,"
Having played football in high school in close proximity to Clemson,
Cervenka already has an appreciation for what it means to be a Tiger.
just shows that they want to be the best, and I love that. The tradition at
Clemson is unbelievable. I can't wait to be a part of the tradition at
Clemson and to win championships. We have the same goals every year. That's
to win the opener, win the division, win the state championship, win the ACC
Championship and then the National Championship," he added.
Cervenka was rated as a 3-star defensive tackle and the No. 2 defensive
tackle in South Carolina by Scout for the class of 2015.
Cervenka makes history
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