Cedric's father Cedric Everson, Jr. spoke with GoJackets.com to update his son's recruiting situation as they head into this weekend's activities. "We're here this Saturday morning for his official visit to Tech," said Everson. "And we're looking forward to that." It is the first return visit for the Eversons since they traveled to Atlanta to take in a practice this past spring. According to Everson, this time, "the whole family is coming."
The Tech visit isn't the last one on the schedule though. Everson has set up three other trips this year. "Actually, we've got Louisville next weekend and UCLA December 2nd and Penn State the weekend after that," said Everson.
Over the summer Everson stated that his son would likely make a commitment before the season started but it never materialized. Everson said that his son wants to check out all of his favorites first now though. "He sat down and thought about it and he told me, 'Hey look, I want to see Louisville, I want to see Penn State...,' you know. He still loves Georgia Tech; he just wants to see the other places too," said Everson.
The high school season has gone well for Cedric even though he's been forced to play somewhere other than his usual position of wide receiver on offense. "He's been playing out of position; he's been playing tailback," said Everson. "He's going to go first team All-City and first team All-State at tailback this year. He's [also] got 6-7 interceptions [on defense at cornerback] this year and nobody's throwing his way. The interceptions he's got, you know, he just went up and got them. They were other guys' men. Same thing on the kicks and punts; no one would kick to him. He'd just have to do his best to go and get it. He ran some back this year too. Nothing like last year because they've made a conscious effort not to throw his way or kick his way."
Cedric has racked up over 1200 yards at tailback this year according to his father. "He's got like 15 touchdowns," said Everson. "He's had a good season."
As for the teams Cedric likes the most, there is one fairly new team and several he's been on the whole time. "Like I said, he still loves Tech and UCLA," said Everson. "He just recently was talking a lot about Louisville and places like Penn State. But Louisville's really the only new team he's given consideration to."
Cedric's father was asked if his son has paid very close attention to the college season and tracked his favorite teams much. "Oh yeah, very closely as a matter of fact," said Everson. "He's been glued to the set watching everyone, watching how deep they are, watching the guys ahead of him, and seeing what they're doing."
So then does depth come into play as a factor in his decision-making process? "He's not worried about that at all because he's a great player himself," said Everson. "He's used to the competition. We've got great corners and backs on our team as well. I know we're talking about a different level but he's used to competing."
Individual game outcomes also don't seem to be playing a huge role in helping Cedric decide. "We haven't really talked about whether teams are winning or where they stand in the rankings," said Everson. "As a matter of fact, we were surprised that almost all of his top teams are in the Top 25 at one point or another. And he's still got about 3-4 teams in the Top 25 now."
As for the kind of atmosphere Cedric is looking for, his father stated he just wanted a family atmosphere. "He wants to go some place where he feels comfortable, where they love him as much as he loves them, so he can graduate," said Everson.
Cedric isn't only getting input on recruiting from his father. He has made many contacts with other big-time recruits through camps, combines, etc. Apparently Cedric has built up quite a network. "Oh heck yeah, all these guys, I can't even keep track of them," said Everson. "I think it's great for them to network like that. Guys are calling him from offensive to defensive linemen all the way to his position – cornerback, and everybody in between. And he's called everybody too so it's a fun time for him."
There is one recruit who Cedric seems to have grown a little closer to than some of the others who communicate with him. "Yeah, I think more than just anybody else, Threet, from Adrian [High School]," said Everson. "He's from Michigan too, the quarterback, Steven Threet. More than anybody else, when I hear him talking, I notice he's talking to him quite a bit."