Everson Talks Nittany Lions

Four-Star cornerback (ranked the #7 corner in the country by Scout.com)/wide receiver Cedric Everson (6-1, 175, 4.3) from Detroit Mumford (Mich.) finished his junior season with 15 total touchdowns and over 1600 all-purpose yards. Defensively, he had 85 tackles, 12 interceptions and 12 sacks.

"I'm very versatile," Cedric Everson said. "I have good eyes and see everything on the field. I have great awareness and have a 40-inch vertical. I'm also a good ball-handler and playmaker, but I want to get stronger (benches 205 pounds, squats 325). I want to get off the line and jam people better and I think improving my upper body strength would help with that."

Everson has more than a dozen offers and favors Georgia Tech, UCLA and Penn State solidly over Missouri and Indiana. All of his favorites have offered.

"I always liked UCLA and Penn State," Everson said. "I like the colors at UCLA and they always seem to have a good offense. I also like their defense because it's basically the same thing we run at my high school. I'm going to their camp in July."

He'll also be attending the Georgia Tech camp on July 8. "I love the campus," Everson said. "I love how it's in downtown Atlanta and in the middle of everything. I'm a city guy and I love that kind of atmosphere. The dorms there are like apartments. It's a great environment. I got to kick it with some of their players and realized that they were just like me. They were fun to hang out with. We just watched TV and played video games and they were just regular kids like me."

The only school that Everson has already visited is Georgia Tech, but has talked with all of the coaches.

"The coaches at Penn State show me a lot of love," Everson said. "I like coach Joe Paterno. I talked with him over the phone and he was very straight up with me. He said that Penn State is a good fit for me and that if I went there I would definitely make a difference on the team. He also said that they have good academics and that I would get my degree. That's important to me because I want to major in sports medicine."

Everson has offers coast-to-coast (Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Purdue, Colorado, LSU and Minnesota) but says that distance won't be a factor. "It doesn't matter," Everson said. "I can handle myself, so I'll go anywhere.

"I'm gonna wait until the end of the season before I really start to evaluate everything. I want to go where I'll be able to play. All the schools are recruiting me as an athlete. I love both corner and receiver and I'll play whichever position they want."

Everson is also being recruited for track. He runs the 200m (best time of 21.00 seconds) and is the state champion in the 400m with a best time of 47.2 seconds. "Football is my love, but I may run track to stay in shape."

He reports a 3.2 GPA and is waiting for the results from the June 10 ACT.

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