One of Ohio's best linemen gaining interest

Akron, OH – There are several highly touted offensive line prospects in Ohio this year. One who has been flying under the radar has seen his stock rising as of late. Something tells me that once the 2004 season gets underway he will be a secret no more.

Buchtel high school head coach Claude Brown has three potential big time college ball players on his roster. Big in not only ability, but in stature is OT Cyrus Kersey, 6-5, 330, 5.1. Kersey attended the University of Pittsburgh Junior Day recently and liked what he saw.

"I had a great time, I am really interested in Pitt. They have been showing a lot of interest in me for a long time."

The 2003 2nd Team All-City selection has been getting most of his attention from Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Ohio State. His current list of favorites includes Pittsburgh, Michigan, Ohio State, Boston College, and Syracuse.

"Everyone is even right now, I don't really favor one over anybody else."

What is Kersey's best attribute?

"I am fast for my size, I am always trying to better myself. When I am playing, if I make a mistake I try to correct it as I go."

Cyrus watches Orlando Pace and tries to pattern his game from Pace.

"Orlando Pace is tough; I even wear his number #76."

Football is not the only thing that drives the well-spoken young man. He participates in track and field throwing the shot put and discus for the Griffins. He often plays in church league basketball games. Religion is very important to the Kersey family, as Cyrus' mom is an ordained Baptist minister.

The ability to play early will factor in Cyrus' decision in picking a school.

"I want to go somewhere they need linemen; I want to play early and make a name for myself. A quality education is important to me as well."

Cyrus Kersey is being recruited as a right offensive tackle. In the classroom he carries a 2.4 GPA. Kersey is an avid weightlifter with a max bench of 367 and a max squat of 300. He'll be one to watch in 2004.

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