Ohio T Cyrus Kersey Talks about His Recruitment

Cyrus Kersey, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive tackle from Akron (Ohio) Buchtel, will not visit Minnesota this weekend. However, the 2004 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio high school football team choice is still interested in the Gophers and plans to make his visit in January. GoldenSports.net caught up with Kersey today to find out the latest on his recruitment.

Cyrus Kersey had originally planned to visit Minnesota Dec. 3 with teammate Bryan Williams. He changed the visit date to Dec. 17.

Kersey led the Griffins to a 7-4 mark, losing to Akron Hoban in the payoffs, 35-33. He helped Williams to an 1,808-yard rushing season and Division III All-Ohio honors.

Kersey said that he is still in the process of setting up another visit.

"I did not get my ACT scores back in time to make the original visit. I got a 16 the first time I took it and I have taken it twice since then, including last Saturday, but I have not gotten the results. I have already scheduled a test in February."

I spoke to them today. I am going out of town to New Jersey for a family visit. I have visits set up for Youngstown State Jan. 29 and Edinborough Jan. 22."

"I don't really have a favorite. I am waiting for my visits."

Kersey said he is hearing from other schools, such as Akron, Boston College, Michigan, Michigan State, Northeastern, Syracuse and West Virginia and that the schools are looking at him as a right offensive tackle.

Kersey said that he has gotten to know much about Minnesota.

"I know quite a bit about them. I like that they are a running school. I think my strength is as a running blocker. I like giving a hit. They pull their tackles a lot and I like to pull."

Kersey also throws the shot put and discus in track and field.

"I was the city champ in the shot put."

Kersey said that he has not given much thought to throwing the shot in college.

"It is something that I do in the (football) offseason. I bore easily, so I like to keep busy by lifting weights or throwing the shot. Perhaps, I could throw in college, but if I excel immediately in football, I might not have the time."

Kersey said that he and Williams are not the package deal that some might think. Williams previously committed to Pittsburgh, but decided to re-open his recruitment due to questions about Panthers head coach Walt Harris' status (Harris has since left to become head coach at Stanford).

"We have not talked about it."

Kersey weighed as much as 365 pounds this season, but has worked hard to drop some weight to prepare for college.

"I'm down to 335 pounds and would like to get to 310 to 315 pounds."

Kersey said that he bench presses 410 pounds and runs a 5.2 40-yard dash.

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