Neville RB hoping to get a look

Neville RB Osha Ceaser came on strong during the last half of his senior season, and the shifty back from Monroe hopes to find his way onto a college roster next fall.

"I got injured in the first game and missed five total with a torn meniscus, but I gained 500 yards and scored seven touchdowns once I returned," said Osha Ceaser. "I want to play college football somewhere, and I'll do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal.

Osha Ceaser
"I ran a kick back for a touchdown, and I had 150 yards on returns vs. Bastrop. I'm 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds, and I run a 4.5. I have good vision and I'm more quick than fast."

Ceaser played for Neville, which is one of the most heralded programs in Louisiana, and he appeared to be on his way to a breakout year in the season-opener vs. crosstown rival Ouachita. In the early-going, Ceaser gained 73 yards on 13 carries vs. the Lions until being forced out of the game with the aforementioned ailment.

Once Ceaser returned to the field in October, he exhibited no lingering symptoms from the injury, rushing for 60 yards on 12 carries and scoring a touchdown in the Bastrop game. Neville, boosted by Ceaser and sophomore QB John Diarse, knocked the Rams from the ranks of the unbeaten that night. In fact, it was the only loss that Bastrop suffered during the regular-season.

Ceaser also came with with a big effort in the first-round playoff win over Jennings, running for 80 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.

"We started off badly, losing our first four games," said Ceaser of the Tigers' season. "We got better as the year went on; we got more connected and played together - not as individuals."

Neville finished the regular-season with a 5-5 mark, but the Tigers knocked off two higher-seeds -- Jennings and St. Louis Catholic -- in the playoffs before running into a red-hot Teurlings Catholic team.

The Tigers won the Class 4A state championship when Ceaser was a junior.

He reports a 21 on the ACT and a 2.8 GPA. His older brother, Leonard, is a running back at Central Arkansas.

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