During the summer, many football players gave verbal commitments to
schools of their choice in hopes of playing for the coaches they'd
comfortable with. Unfortunately, every year head coaches get fired or
somewhere else, position coaches take other jobs, and the school that
good in July, doesn't have the feel in January.
OLB Raheem Cardwell from Dematha HS recently decided to de-commit from Syracuse after the firing Head Coach Greg Robinson. We caught word of Raheem having newfound interest in the University of New Mexico so we caught up with him to find out the status of his recruitment.
TRM: So Raheem, how is the recruiting process going? Have you been contacted by UNM?
RC: Yeah, Coach Locksley sent one of the coaches to our school last week to see Jeremy Mathis, Tom Chroniger, Calvin McDowney, and Emmanuel McPherson, and myself. He picked up some game tape of mine and told all of us he would be in touch pretty soon. I was familiar with the coach since he is from here (DC).
TRM: What would you consider you strengths are on the field?
RC: My speed to the ball carrier and I love to hit; I love to hit more than anything. I get off blocks really well, also my attitude; I love to win and I am very competitive. I am a smart player on the field too.
TRM: What schools are you currently looking at?
RC: Now that I have de-committed to Syracuse, I am open to anyone, but I am very interested in UNM because of Coach Locks. Even when I was committed we still emailed each other just to talk. I hope to take an official out to New Mexico so I can see what it's like out there.
Season stats: 90-100 tackles
5 forced fumbles, 2 recoveries1 pick