For the entire season we've sat back and watched the play of 2015 Spartanburg High S/WR/ATH Cedarius Rookard. He wowed everyone at the Shrine Bowl Combine and posted a remarkable 4.28 second 40 yard dash time. He picked up an early verbal offer from Stanford and as the season progressed so did his play on the field. He piled up numbers on defense, receiving yards after starting to play also at wide receiver, and made huge plays on special teams returning kickoffs and punts. Still Rookard would only pull in one additional offer.
Fast forward a few months later and Rookard has made his case for one of the state's most versatile and underrated players. Add a AAAA Division 2 state championship to the resume in helping Spartanburg take home the hardware on Saturday and he's stating his case as one of the very best athletes in the 2015 class. He talked about how it feels having won "the big one" with his Vikings teammates on Saturday.
"It feels great. Everybody gives you calls or texts all day and people just treat you different so it feels great."
"My team depends on me to make big plays and once I make a big play it make a big play it adds fuel to the fire. We start scoring and stopping people. One day after we played Byrnes, Tavien Feaster said we're not losing anymore so the team and I stuck with that mind set and didn't lose anymore after that loss."
Along with Feaster, Rookard was one of the primary catalysts for the Vikings during that incredible stretch where they simply outplayed opponents and made big plays. In the past few months he's picked up some additional offers but we still feel he's flying below the radar.
"I've got offers from Charleston Southern, South Carolina State, Gardner-Webb, and Tennessee State."
The aforementioned offer from Stanford is an uncertainty right now as he hasn't heard from the Cardinals' staff in quite some time. He informed us that he would be making contact with his recruiter from the Pac-12 school and see where things stand after his remarkable season which culminated in helping his team win another state championship.
The 2015 prospect made no bones about some of the other schools he's hoping to hear more from in the next month or so.
Rookard actually took a visit to one of those schools and talked about his time there.
"I went to Georgia and Clemson. I really liked Georgia and I saw all the championships they've won and got to meet the coaches and players. They made me feel welcomed. Clemson was pretty much the same thing but I'd give Georgia a slight edge, I like their atmosphere."
His position coach at Spartanburg, Prince Miller, is a former Georgia Bulldog cornerback and Rookard is hoping the Bulldogs will pick up their recruitment of him. This upcoming weekend will be a big one for Rookard he informed us.
"Most schools say they have to see my test scores and I take the ACT this coming Saturday. With a good score more offers should be coming they say."
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