Committed Over: Macon (GA) Stratford Academy receiver Quintez Cephus committed to Wisconsin over offers from Georgia Southern and Mercer. He was also getting strong interest from Georgia Tech. He was previously committed to Furman for basketball.
Rated: Cephus is currently not ranked by Scout.com.
On Film: Cephus’ intelligence, instinctiveness and coachability are evident, as is his desire to make plays. You can tell that he wants the ball in his hands in critical junctures and, despite his lack of experience at the position, has around 700 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. That’s impressive considering his school runs a wing-T offense and doesn’t throw the ball a ton. He embraces competition, evident by how hard he competes on the field.
His lack of training at receiver does show up on film, but so does his overall talent, his speed, hands, size and strength. His elusiveness and speed in the open field are attributes, evident by the fact that he’s scored on his only two jet sweep carries of the season. He also plays every snap on defense, a sign that he wants to be on the field and compete.
Recruiting Impact: The commitment of Cephus likely gives the Badgers three receivers in the class of 2016. I say likely because Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst three-star prospect A.J. Taylor and Homewood (Ill.) Flossmoor three-star Kendric Pryor are talented enough to play other positions.
Accepting the commitment of Cephus does not to affect the Badgers recruiting the two offensive players high on their recruiting board. Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge three-star senior Malik Harrison named the Badgers his leader following his unofficial visit over the summer and took an official visit to Wisconsin for the Rutgers game. He stated he will announce his commitment this month, and the Badgers are the favorite, as long as Ohio State doesn’t offer him.
Southlake (TX) Carroll Lil'Jordan Humphrey was outstanding in a playoff victory over Cedar Hill, rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and catching five passes for 113 yards and another touchdown. He hasn’t done much with his recruitment during the season, but the Badgers could get an official next month. He took an unofficial visit to campus over the summer.
Quotable: “There are a lot of things that you can teach someone and there are a lot of things you can’t teach someone; he has those things that are just gifts. I think he’s a very loyal guy. If he’s your friend he’s your friend. He’s been that as long as I’ve known him. Personally I love him. I think he has a tremendous future ahead of him.” – head coach Mark Farriba
Final Thought: There’s no question that Cephus’ athleticism is his biggest attribute (it has to be if he received D-1 basketball and football offers). He played football in ninth grade, did not play as a sophomore and returned to the gridiron as a junior and was a quarterback. Trying to put him in a more natural position, Cephus was moved to receiver this season and has flourished.
There’s no question he’s raw but it’s also obvious that he hasn’t come close to reaching his potential. That high ceiling is likely the reason wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore was so aggressive in recruiting him while so many other schools passed.