Ceesay mulling Deacon offer

Solo Ceesay, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Mo., received an official offer from Wake Forest recently. Although he committed to the University of Pennsylvania in early January, the Demon Deacon staff is optimistic they can get Ceesay to take a closer look at what they have to offer by National Signing Day.

"I was offered by Coach Ray McCartney," said Solo Ceesay. "He said they like my physical style of play, my high motor, and my agility. Their defense is the same as my high school so they think I'd be a good fit. I know that Wake Forest is a prestigious academic institution and that's big with me. I'm supposed to be making an official visit there this weekend, but I'm not sure yet which of my parents will be able to go with me."

Ceesay also holds offers from Air Force, Army, Massachusetts, Navy, New Mexico and Yale. He's taken an official visit to West Point and is listening to Wake Forest, but says his commitment to Penn is strong.

"Nothing is official until signing day comes, bit it's going to take a lot to convince me not to go to Penn," he said. "One of the reasons I committed was I was accepted into the Wharton School of Business. I felt like it was a smart decision. It's one of the most prominent school's for business in the country. I looked at Army, but it's a big commitment to make with military service. I love the game of football and it's always been my dream to play at the next level. Penn has a guy, Brandon Copeland, who's also a defensive end, getting looked at by the NFL. I feel like if I went there I could do the same."

Wake Forest would offer more exposure to Ceesay and their School of Business usually is ranked in the nations top 50 annually, however, getting him on campus this weekend would go a long way in their attempt to catch the Quakers.

In his second year as a starter, Ceesay helped the Burroughs Bombers to the Missouri Class 3 state championship game played at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

"I got better in my senior year," Ceesay stated. "I was faster and a lot quicker sideline-to-sideline. The way I was able to handle the line allowed us to take more chances with riskier blitz packages. We lost to Maryville in the state finals, but it was a good season. I had a lot of fun playing with those guys."

Ceesay was named All-State (Class 3) and All-Metro League for his senior performance. Right now, he's healing from an injury suffered while wrestling in the heavyweight division but plans to come back and compete in the district tournament.


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