Pomona DB Keston Cheathem

Pomona High School (Pomona, Calif) scrimmaged against Dominguez High School (Compton, Calif) Friday evening. GoBlueWolverine Magazine was there to scout DB <b>Keston Cheathem.</b>

Keston Cheathem (6-3, 190 lbs., 4.5 in the 40, 3.0 GPA, June 7th SAT) sat down with GBW before the Pomona scrimmage with Dominguez to chat about his recruiting.

What schools have contacted you since September 1?

"A few have called - Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State. Coach English from Michigan called me and we talked about how my recruiting is going and how I was doing with two-a-days, the regular stuff."

Are all of your visits set?

"Not all of them. I have four set, Washington (Sept. 26), Washington State (Oct. 4), Colorado (Oct. 11) and Michigan (Oct. 18). I'm not sure where the last one will be, I want to talk with my coaches more about that.

What are your goals this year?

"We want to win the chamionship this year. We lost in the semi's last year so we want to win it all."

Who are your favorites at this point?

"Michigan is definitely up there. I really don't know about the others right now. I'm looking forward to the visit on October 17."

Do you think you'll commit on your visit?

"I might, we'll just have to see. It's hard with all these people talking to me all the time. It's hard to keep a level head. I'm just going to take my visits and then decide."

Defensive backs coach Keith Richardson said he had been working extensively with Cheathem over the summer, "We did a lot of work on his footwork. He was stiff and didn't turn his hips well, it was hard for him to react to receivers. We did a lot of adjusting and he responded real well." Richarson added, "He really thinks highly of Michigan, a lot of these kids do (pointing to the team warming up). Coach English is a local guy and they really like him."

Ron English graduated from nearby Ganesha High School.

It appeared Cheathem had put on some weight since GBW first reported his Michigan offer in May, "Yeah, I've probably put on 10 pounds. I'm up to 190." Coach Richardson confirmed the reason, "We really worked in the weight room this year. The weight Keston put on is all muscle."

The scrimmage wasn't run as a live game situation. Each team was given 15 plays on offense and started from their own 20-yard line. It was clear from the outset that the Division 3 Dominguez Don's were a superior to the Division 9 Red Lions. The Don's have 3 division one prospects on the offensive line and pushed the Pomona defense back almost effortlessly. Cheathem wasn't afraid to stick his head in the middle of the scrum though, often going up against players much bigger in and effort to stop the Don's. Dominguez scored 3 times in it's first possesion. On one long Dominguez run Cheathem was leveled by a blocker while trying to chase down the runner. It was a vicuous hit and Cheathem bounced right back up and was ready to go.

Cheathem wasn't able to showcase much of his tackling ability, or his coverage skills. Dominguez is not known as a passing team and did nothing this Friday evening to prove that reputation wrong.

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