Dale holding steady at one offer

Keller (TX) Timber Creek Cedric Dale is one of the top players in Texas for the 2014 class.

Cedric Dale Jr. didn't exactly have the season he envisioned, but that doesn't mean it was necessarily a letdown. For starters, he and his Keller (TX)Timber Creek teammates led the school to their first ever playoff appearance in their third year as a program. What's more significant is they accomplished the feat after moving up to class 5A, the state's largest classification for football.

Despite missing five games with an arm injury, Dale still rushed for 804 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder with 4.4 speed said he learned plenty from a season full of ups and downs.

"The season taught me a lot, it really humbled me and it helped me mature," he said. "The injury was a setback but I never did put my head down, I just knew God had my back and that everything happens for a reason. My arm healed back in two weeks and the doctor said that was unheard of. He made me a custom brace for it so it could be protected and I went out there and worked hard and helped my team to the playoffs."

Dale received his first offer from Texas Tech over the summer and although a coaching change has taken place, he says the interest from the Red Raiders has increased with Kliff Kingsbury at the helm.

"Texas Tech is actually coming on stronger since Kingsbury got there," he said. "I went on a few visits to A&M and I met him there once. I like the new move with him going there; it puts Tech pretty high on my list."

Along with Tech, Dale says he is still receiving interest from TCU and is getting new looks from Georgia and Baylor to name a few.

"Georgia is actually showing me interest now, and so is Baylor," Dale said. "I have a junior day invite to Minnesota and I went to an Oklahoma State practice and they told me I should have a junior day invite coming."

With the offer from Tech still on the table, Dale lists the Red Raiders as his early favorite. However, he's nowhere close to making a decision and is listening to every school that shows him interest.

"I'm still pretty open to everyone," he said. "As far as right now Texas Tech is since they're my only offer right now but the Horned Frogs are definitely in my top three or top five so far."


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