SMU Offers Athletic Defensive End

Cleveland DE Cedric Gambrell talks about his SMU offer and more inside!

Cedric Gambrell has only been playing football for two years, but that hasn't stopped FBS schools from showing interest.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end out of Cleveland (TX) is an intriguing physical specimen and is continuing to blossom this summer. Texas State, UNT, Utah and UTSA all extended offers towards the end of spring and now, SMU has joined the party.

"Our head coach (Clayton Maple) told me after workouts one day," Gambrell said. "When he told me SMU had offered me, I was really surprised because I hadn't heard from them in a while. But I was excited."

The last time Gambrell had any type of contact with the Mustang coaching staff was in early May when defensive line coach Bert Hill came down to watch him and stressed SMU's prestigious academics and ability to put players in the NFL.

But Gambrell still feels like he has a lot to learn about the program on the Hilltop.

"Honestly, I really don't know anything about SMU expect it's in Dallas I do want to learn more, and I'm going to do more research," he said. "I'm looking for a school with good academics and a good strength program."

Gambrell says he plans to take a visit to SMU this summer and may attend the camp in late July. This summer, he has camped at Texas Tech and will be at Texas A&M later this month.

With his senior season approaching, Gambrell hopes to rack up more offers and continue to reach his potential.

"All schools are recruiting me at defensive end and say they like my lengthy body," he said. "I go to the weight room everyday and just have to keep working hard in there."

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