Sturdivant Becoming A Leader At Glenville

Cleveland Glenville junior linebacker Andre Sturdivant has had a fine season and has clearly established himself as one of the top prospects in the 2011 class. Sturdivant will help lead the Tarblooder defense against Hilliard Davidson this Saturday in a battle for the Division I state title. Bill Greene has more on this up and coming star.

Cleveland Glenville junior linebacker Andre Sturdivant will be counted upon to help slow down Hilliard Davidson's offense this Saturday night during the Division-I state title game.

Sturdivant (6-3, 210) is one of the top linebacker prospects in the junior class, and was tremendous in last Saturday's 31-17 win over Massillon.

"All week our coaches kept stressing to us how we needed to stay focused and just do our jobs," Sturdivant said of last week's game plan. "I kept telling everybody all week in practice that we needed to win this game to get our seniors to the state championship game. We got this far back in 2004, but they couldn't make it past the semifinal game. Now, we are one win away from a state championship."

Sturdivant missed the first game of the year because of illness and was slow to round into form, but once he regained his health he became a leader on the Tarblooder defense.

"I was sick earlier in the year and missed the first game against St. Ignatius," he said. "Coach [Ted] Ginn always tells us there are going to be ups and downs in a game and in a season, and it's all about not giving up. When we lost that first game I was really down, but I knew the season wasn't over, and I knew we would meet them again down the road. Once we beat them in the first round of the playoffs, this team came together and we are tough to beat right now."

This week's championship final against Hilliard Davidson will provide Glenville with its toughest test yet, but Sturdivant plans on having his team ready to play well.

"It's an honor to be able to play for a state title, just like it's an honor to play for Cleveland Glenville," he stressed. "For me, just to know that [teammates] Christian Bryant and Latwan Anderson are finishing their careers this way means everything to me. I love our seniors and I want to win it for them. The thought of being able to send my seniors out as champions has me almost choked up at the thought of it."

Sturdivant is attracting a lot of recruiting interest from some of the top programs in the Midwest.

"I have three offers right now, and there are a lot of teams checking out my film and looking at me," he admitted. "I have offers from Toledo, Buffalo and Michigan State. I've been talking to Ohio State, and I'm being recruited by [assistant coach] Taver Johnson. Coach Johnson is cool and we have a good relationship going. I was at Ohio State for the USC game and that was an unbelievable experience. I'm really just trying to concentrate on finishing this season the right way before I get too caught up in recruiting. I'm only a junior, so there will be plenty of time for that later on down the road." will be on hand this weekend to cover all six state championship games. Stay tuned for more coverage throughout championship week.

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