Like many high school student-athletes across the country, Macon (GA) Stratford Academy senior Quintez Cephus had the dream of receiving a scholarship to play college sports. So when he committed to Furman University, located in Greenville, S.C., in mid-September following an official visit, the 6-2, 185-pound point guard recognized its significance.
“That was my dream from day one, just to get out of Macon and be able to do something,” said Cephus. “I knew my parents wouldn’t be able to get me into school on their own, so I tried to work as hard as I could so I could do it for myself and my family.”
As it turned out, Cephus’ recruitment was just getting started. Also a standout receiver on his football team, Cephus now is facing the decision of whether to stick to hoops or jump on a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin, as Badgers wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore reached out late last week.
“It took off really fast,” said Cephus. “They started watching and evaluation my film and Coach Gilmore said as they watched it more and more they liked it. I think it’s a good opportunity for me there (at Wisconsin), and I think Furman is a good opportunity for me. I’m glad I have those opportunities.”
To be fair to Furman, Cephus plans to take an official visit to Wisconsin this weekend before he makes any big decisions. Wisconsin already has two projected receivers in the current class with three-star A.J. Taylor and two-star Kendric Pryor and are looking to add at least one more.
“I know they have a big time environment, and I’m ready to go up there and see what they have,” said Cephus. “I hope everything goes well. I just really want to see what they have to offer, how their campus is and what kind of environment it will be. I know it will be really fun.”
Cephus was offered by Mercer – a FCS school in football – to play both sports shortly after he committed to Furman.
“If I wanted to go there to play football and basketball I could have done it,” said Cephus of Mercer. “I just knew that I was going to have a big season. Luckily it’s happening right now. I’m enjoying it.”
Through six games, Cephus, who is in his first year playing receiver, said he has 11 receiving touchdowns, two interceptions and a pick-six for his team. He said Wisconsin likes him for his speed and quickness.
While he said he could see himself playing football at Wisconsin, Cephus knows he has a few weeks before the early basketball signing period to make a decision.
“I never just want to get out of anything, but if Wisconsin is a better opportunity for me, I have to consider it,” said Cephus. “I have about a month before I really have to decide. I am not going to sign anything if I am not sure if I want to play football or basketball. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Cephus described his basketball recruitment as “up and down,” saying the whole process made him a stronger person. Once getting recruited by schools like Auburn, Georgia, Texas A&M and Virginia, Cephus had an offer from Clemson, only to see it taken away from him.
“That was my dream to play ACC basketball and play at the biggest level I could,” said Cephus. “To have it taken away from me, I just thought God had a plan for me from day one. I just don’t know what it is right now, either basketball or football. Everything has worked out for me. I don’t regret anything I’ve done. I’m just taking it all in and go through all my options to make sure I make the best decision.”