Deacs eyeing FL DT

Many coaches have ascended to American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. this spring to try to continue to recruit one of the class of 2014's top players in Sony Michel. The Patriots, however, have plenty of other talented players on hand. The Wake Forest's Ray McCartney noticed Edgar Cerenord, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle and quickly extended an offer.

"The Wake Forest offer I first learned about on Sunday through my head coach," said Cerenord. "Coach Mac came down to watch our spring practice but he had to leave, so I called him after I talked with my coach. He told me I was a one of kind player. He said the way I do my drills was amazing to see for a guy my size. It was the way I performed and competed in practice that really got his attention.

"I really don't know a whole lot about any of the schools I have offers from. Taking some trips over the summer is a strong possibility, but I haven't been able to make any yet. What I do know has come from the coaches. I like Coach Mac. We talk back and forth on Facebook all the time."

Cerenord became a starter as a freshman in the 2010 season. His play was so stellar Cerenord allowed Russell Haughton-James, now at West Virginia, to move to the other side of the line. He made 55 tackles as a freshman and followed it up with 47 tackles as a sophomore. Primed for a big junior output, Cerenord was plagued by injury much of the year.

"My highlight film would be a lot better had I been able to play in all of those games," he said. "I was hurt the majority of the year and really only played in three games for us. It was a bone fracture and I hyper-extended my knee that caused me to miss so much time.

"I've been going at it hard this spring. I'm doing a better job extending my arms and getting off my blocker. The program was too many offensive lineman were getting to my chest, but now I'm able to get good arm extension and control the blocker with my size. I think we're going to have a really good year. I'd like to have 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 15 or 16 sacks, and six or seven forced fumbles."

Rutgers was the latest school to offer Cerenord just today. He also has offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Wake Forest, and Western Michigan.

"I'm going to be coming out with a top five soon," Cerenord stated," but it is subject to change and it won't be in any particular order. I'd like to feel comfortable where I'll be, in a good atmosphere, without people who'll cause problems. The town has something to do with it. I'm really just looking to find my home away from home."

Cerenord reports a 3.6 GPA at Heritage, a private school located in Broward County. In college, Cerenord would like to study Architecture or Business.

The Patriots spring practice culminates with an inner-squad game on May 24th with many college coaches likely in attendance.

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