Keston Cheathem: Waiting for More Offers

Pomona (Calif) DB <b>Keston Cheathem</b> has taken four of his official vists, the most recent being to Oregon State. GoBlueWolverine Magazine talked with him Sunday evening to catch up on things. Some big name schools are showing interest. Are they too late?

When GBW first reported that Pomona (Calif) DB Keston Cheathem (6-2, 185 lbs., 4.55 in the 40, 2.8 GPA, 820 SAT) was a Michigan target, he hadn't been noticed by many schools. All that has changed as he's now taken official visits to some big name schools, including Michigan the weekend of October 17. "I just took my visit to Oregon State last weekend," Cheathem said. "It went pretty good, the atmosphere was pretty cool. It was a football city, but it doesn't really compare to Michigan."

Cheathem has also visited Washington and Washington State and has one more to take. He's waiting on a couple schools to offer. "LSU has jumped on the scene," he said. "I also like Miami but they haven't offered either. If one of them offers than I'll probably make that my last visit."

He said he has narrowed things down to three schools right now, pending an offer from Miami or LSU. "Right now it's Michigan, Oregon State, and Washington State," he said. "I won't commit right away if Miami offers, I would have if they'd offered earlier but like UCLA they really didn't show any interest early on so I didn't think about them. I like that they have a good football team and it's in a city."

Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English was traveling the west this week as Michigan had a bye-week. Cheathem said he talked to English on the phone. "Michigan wants to bring me in as a (corner) first, then when I get bigger I'll probably move to safety. I like the way they use their DB's and how they use nickel and dime packages, that tells me I'll get a lot of playing time.

"Some of the schools that are recruiting me have spots opening up," Cheathem said. "I know Michigan is only going after a couple DB's so I'll have to think about when I'll be pulling the trigger. I'll probably do it sometime in Decemeber, maybe January."

Pomona had a rough start but has since ran off four-straight victories, including a 27-11 homecoming win over Baldwin Park last Friday, "Yeah, we got a little big headed at the start of the season," Cheathem said. "Now we've settled down. We play Northview this week for the (Valley Vista) league championship. We beat them last year at our house for the league championship so this year we have to go to their house."

Cheathem said he had 3 catches for about 80 yards, including a 20 yard touchdown catch in the Baldwin Park game. He also had a rushing touchdown. Defensively he said he had eight tackles, four unassisted. He told GBW earlier that schools don't throw his way often, so he doesn't get a lot of interceptions.

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