WA athlete earns first D1 offer

Caesar Rayford is a 6-7.5, 225-pound TE/DE prospect from Spanaway (Wash.) Bethel and Rayford is one of those prospects that just oozes potential. One Pac-10 school has already staked a scholarship offer on that potential, while another has set a visit date.

"Right now I'm playing basketball, getting ready for the season," Rayford told TheInsiders.com.

Caesar averaged 8 points and 10 boards a game last year, and has been contacted by Maryland-Baltimore County, Boise State, University of Portland and a couple of Division 2 schools.

But football looks to be his meal ticket. "Right now I see myself as more of a football player, but I'm a great basketball player," he said. "I'm kind of being recruited for basketball but I'm loving football."

Rayford plays both ways for the Braves. "Any position I play I'm going to work hard," he said. "I'm pretty good both ways. I'm a real athletic player because I do track, football and basketball. I'm pretty fast for a big guy. I run my 40 time in just under 4.6."

He has also high jumped 6-6.

Recruiting is coming hot and heavy from UCLA, Oregon, Washington and Washington State

The hometown Huskies stepped up last week and offered Rayford a full scholarship. Keith Gilbertson and Randy Hart are the coaches recruiting Caesar for the Huskies.

"They love me and I could be a great player in their program," he said. "Coach Gilbertson said that I could be a great tight end. He said that I could be at the same level as Jerramy Stevens."

Rayford is friends with current Husky Reggie Williams. "He used to go to my church and my mom used to work at the school he went to," Caesar said. "I know him pretty well."

Caesar is going to UCLA on an official visit scheduled for December 13th. He also has one planned for Washington January 9th. "I'm going to look at that again because I have a basketball game so I have to work around that," he said.

With only one offer right now, the Huskies would appear to be in the drivers' seat, but Rayford has backed off of an early decision. "I wanted to make my decision early, but right now I'm undecided," he said.

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