Cedric Everson (6-1, 175-pounds) has had an eventful spring where he has seen his stock rise around the country. Irish Eyes spoke with his father to get his thoughts on how his son's recruitment was proceeding.
"Everything is still crazy and hectic," Mr. Everson responded when asked about his son Cedric's recruiting activities. "He's been focusing in our the state championship that eluded us last year, we came in second. We want to get it back. We just had our regional meet, which is our qualifying meet for state. Our boys and girls won the regional. The focus right now is track. The state meet is June 4 at Rockford high school (Mich.)."
"We're heading out to UCLA and USC at the end of this week. I want him to see everything," Mr. Everson said of Cedric's schedule. "I don't want him to make a decision and later on think ‘Man, I didn't even go out there.'
"The big thing for us is that we didn't want him to make a decision based on him seeing a team play on Saturday," he said of his son's college choice. "We actually want him to go out and see the physical structure and get a chance to see people walk back and forth on campus and kind of get a fell for what's going on at that university."
Mr. Everson and his son made a trip to Notre Dame for a junior day in January. Coach Weis repaid the visit when he showed up at Mumford last week.
"Coach Weis made his rounds in Detroit last week," said Mr. Everson. "It was great seeing him. He wanted to know if we were still interested. He wanted to know if we felt like we did initially. He wanted to know where they stood and we told him that they're still in the hunt.
"They love Cedric. The thing with Notre Dame is that they want him to come to camp. We're going to go see them. They're one of the schools we're going to see in the Midwest. We'll see how things develop between now and then. It's my understanding that they've got everything that they need in terms of their evaluation of Cedric."
During the summer months recruits start to narrow their list of options down to a manageable figure and Cedric is on schedule.
"We're there," Mr. Everson said of his son's scaled down list of colleges. "There are just a few schools that I'd like for him to see before he actually makes a decision. Realistically he can only take five visits and then you can only sign one letter. There aren't twenty schools in the running. There aren't even ten."