GIDEL: High Five! Cessna Pulls Trigger

Chris Cessna (LB 6'4 235) from North Laurel HS hadn't officially told Coach Rich Brooks that he was committed to UK, but by the end of it, he had formally made himself the Wildcats fifth verbal of the year to the third year coach.

"I'm just calling you to let you know that I am going to commit to Kentucky in about two or three seconds," linebacker Chris Cessna said.

"I've been a Kentucky fan since I was born," linebacker Chris Cessna confirmed. "I had been trying to call coach Ortmeyer, who was recruiting me, but I couldn't get through to him, so I had to call Coach Smith and get ahold of him, and now Coach Brooks."

Cessna chose the Wildcats over an offer from Purdue and interest from Virginia Tech, Louisville.

"There was no real one thing with Kentucky," Cessna added. It was really a bunch of little things. First, being close to home, having coach Smith being linebackers coach, I've known him from Boyle County, and the fact it's been a real dream of mine since I was little to play at UK."

"Purdue and Western were the other two schools I was thinking about," Cessna said about his college destination. "I've kind of known what I wanted to do. I just wanted to go to some of these places and see the school and make an informed decision."

Last season as a junior he recorded 161 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and four sacks as the outside linebacker for the Jaguars of North Laurel High School.

"School's starting up and before the season, I just wanted to go ahead and get (the decision) over with, so I didn't have it over my head," Cessna stated. I didn't want to have to try to play out of myself, or impress people. Now I can just play and not have to worry and not giving myself a chance to be able to play well."

The London (Ky.) native also starred on offense last season as a tight end catching 31 passes for 518 yards and six touchdowns. It is still unknown what he'll do in college and what position he's slated for.

"I think it's linebacker first," Cessna said. "In camp they lined me up doing one on ones with the Tight Ends and I got a chance to do both. To me, it makes no difference. I like them both and just want to find the position that gets me on the field first and gets me a chance to see some playing time earlier."

Cessna is the Wildcats fifth verbal commitment of 2005, joining Will Fidler as the second in-state commitment in less than a week.

. "I've always been a Kentucky fan," Cessna concluded, "Its been a dream of mine to play for UK since I was little and now I get to live it."

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