The hardest decision for Macon (GA) Stratford Academy senior Quintez Cephus was whether to honor his commitment to Furman for basketball or to pursue a career in college football. When Cephus chose the latter, finding the right school was easy.
Offered by Wisconsin last month and taking an official visit to the program in October, Cephus announced his decision to commit to Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class Friday on Twitter.
The 6-2, 180-pound Cephus is the 21st commit for the Badgers and is the third receiver, joining Kansas City (MO) Rockhurt three-star prospect A.J. Taylor and Homewood (Ill.) Flossmoor three-star prospect Kendric Pryor, although Pryor could play as a defensive back.
Cephus had offers from Georgia Southern and Macon for football and was getting increased interest from Georgia Tech, believing he would have received an offer from the Yellow Jackets had he took an unofficial visit to the school this weekend.
But being visited by wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore on Monday and talking to him over the phone Thursday night, Cephus was excited for the opportunity to grow as a football player under his tutelage.
“He wanted me to know how much he really wanted me, how he wanted to do this with me and coach me the next four years,” said Cephus. “He felt we could do some great things together. I feel like Coach Gilmore really believes in me. I feel like I would really gaining knowledge from Coach Gilmore. He’s a great guy and will treat me well.”
Cephus called de-committing from Furman a “business decision,” saying the official visit to Madison for UW’s game against Purdue, and being hosted by fellow Georgia receiver Krenwick Sanders, gave him the best chance to succeed in college.
“I’m really excited to play with those guys,” said Cephus. “The receivers are a great group.”