Caesar Set to Conquer Montlake

For Bethel DE Caesar Rayford, it might be a good opportunity to check history. He can look to the doings of another Caesar - Julius - when looking for a motto, a decree, a way of doing business out on the football field. But I doubt he'll be yelling 'Veni, Vidi, Vici' to any Pac-10 quarterbacks soon. At least not without a proper field-turf introduction.

"I don't know," Caesar told when asked about the possibility of playing this fall on defense. "If I can get the weight on, there might be a chance, but I'm too small to play right now. But regardless, I'm going to work my butt off and get stronger."

Rayford has grown, to nearly 6-feet-8 inches. But he will need to pack on some bulk to his 220-pound frame. "I lost so much weight from track this spring," laments Caesar. He's the only 6-foot-8 inch person I know running the 100 meter dash. Not only did Rayford run the 100, he also ran the 200, 400 and also did the high jump. This spring's top marks? 10.9, 22.7, 49.9 and 6-8, respectively.

A typical day for Caesar this summer includes mowing the lawn, washing cars and then going to Fort Lewis to work out with his father. "I've been training myself, trying to get stronger and put some weight on," he said. "I've been eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a lot of protein shakes. Basically lifting, running and doing all kinds of stuff."

Rayford has talked to Ryan Bush a couple of times, but he hasn't joined Bush to work out yet with the rest of the team. "I've been up to Seattle," he said. "I had to get my classes organized, and I talked to Coach Gilby and Coach Hart. I was up there watching, but I haven't had a chance to go up there and work out yet.

"I'm so excited for it, I'm ready to go."

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