So far in the 2008 season the Boiling Springs Bulldogs have enjoyed tremendous success running the ball. With guys like Jamey Cheatwood, Tyler Phillips, and Logan Stewart leading the way quarterback Dylan Thompson has plenty of time to pick apart defenses while running back Josh Murph has piled up some huge rushing stats so far. We caught up with Cheatwood to get an update on his recruitment and to talk about the Bulldogs early success in the 2008 season.
To say Jamey Cheatwood is getting plenty of interest is putting it lightly. "Over 30 schools have shown interest. In the last two weeks, my coach and I have been contacted by Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Western Carolina and Wofford." The puzzling aspect is that at 6'5 310 pounds he has yet to receive his first scholarship offer.
"I have no offers to date." We asked Cheatwood if he had a top 5 list currently and to add anything that he liked about each school comprising his list. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Duke, Wofford, and Western Carolina are the schools out front at this point in his recruitment. "With Vanderbilt I am really impressed with coaching staff and academic program. I'm also impressed with Tennessee and their overall program and facilities as well. Duke has a great academic program. I like Wofford because they are close to home, and Western Carolina is an all around good school."
With so many schools heavily in the mix Cheatwood is a top notch prospect and he shared with us some of the traits that has so many schools so interested in him at this point in his career. "I have good quickness, good footwork, good technique, and the ability to be coached."
Cheatwood is a solid performer in the weight room bench pressing 310 pounds, squatting 470 pound, power cleaning 315 pounds, running a 5.15 second 40 yard dash, and has a 27 inch vertical. Still the 2009 prospect feels he needs to push the limits further when it comes to his work with the iron. "I want to improve my upper body strength a lot."
So far this season the Bulldogs have raced out to a 3-1 start coming off a heartbreaking loss in the closing seconds to Aiken last Friday. Asked about how it feels for he and his offensive line teammates to help get the Bulldogs off to a strong start. "It is an awesome feeling to know that our o-line is a dominant force in making our team successful."
The Aiken squad they faced a week ago is the toughest team this season that Jamey says he's faced but region opponents Byrnes is the toughest team he's ever faced. "Yeah Stanley Hunter (Clemson LB) and Everett Dawkins (Florida State DE) from Byrnes are the toughest players I've ever faced in my career so far."
There are a few factors that will weigh heavy for Cheatwood when it comes time to make a decision for college. "Closeness to home, a smart coaching staff, and academic program are the most important factors in my choice of schools." There are some other traits that the 2009 standout possesses that will be important for potential college coaching staffs to know about when recruiting him as well. "I am very coachable and work hard every day to improve my abilities on the field."
Considering how well he and the Bulldogs are playing so far in 2008 it's easy to see that he indeed is putting forth the effort and listening to his coaches to become a highly recruitable prospect.
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