MADISON – Macon (GA) Stratford Academy receiver Quintez Cephus is still getting used to the idea of being a Wisconsin football target. Two weeks ago, Cephus was preparing to play college basketball at Furman, a decision that’s now in flux considering the Badgers sudden involvement. Taking an official visit to the UW campus this weekend, the 6-2, 185-pound receiver didn’t deny that the Badgers rolled out the red carpet for him.
“It was awesome,” Cephus told BadgerNation. “It was nice, really nice. About 80,000 people is something. That was a lot of people and all were giving off good vibes and just cheering for their team.”
Getting a chance to sit down at length with wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who made the initial offer to Cephus after watching his highlight tape, Cephus got a better grasp of the offense and the staff's dedication to building the passing game. In the 24-7 win over Purdue, UW had four different receivers catch passes.
“He told me that he thought I had a great opportunity,” said Cephus. “With what he knows and what he can teach me, he thinks he can teach me as a player. He really thinks I can be special.”
That same message was given to him by head coach Paul Chryst.
“He’s a very humble guy,” Cephus said of Chryst. “He just wants me to do what’s best for me and my future.”
Hosted by fellow Georgia receiver Krenwick Sanders, Cephus got a good grasp of the challenges of making the transition to the Midwest from the South.
“Just knowing how cold it is up here, I asked him how he dealt with it and how he adapted to it,” said Cephus. “He was real good with it.”
Needing to decide by the middle of next month whether to stick with his basketball commitment or flip to football, Cephus plans to contemplate things over the next few days.
“I’m just going to think about it and whatever my heart tells me is what I’m going to go with,” said Cephus.