One player whose phone was ringing off the hook on September 1st was wide receiver/safety Keston Cheathem (6-3, 195, 4.5) from Pomona, Calif. All of Cheathem’s favorites and more called on the first day that D-I schools were allowed according to NCAA rules.
“Michigan, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, and Utah all called Keston,” Pomona defensive coordinator John Brown said. “He missed the majority of calls because he was visiting relatives on Monday.”
So far Cheathem has offers from Michigan, Colorado, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Oregon State, Utah and Colorado State.
Cheathem is very serious about the schools that are serious about him. He already has scheduled four official visits to Washington on September 26th, Washington State on October 3rd, Colorado on October 10th, and Michigan on October 17th.
“Keston is leaving his fifth visit open for Oregon State and Arizona,” Brown said. “He may leave the fifth visit open for a school who might take a late run on him like Ohio State, Miami, UCLA, or USC.”
“Michigan, Colorado and Washington lead the pack early,” Brown said. “I think the reason that all these schools are interested in Keston is he brings so much to the table.”
“Keston has that type of frame that could enable him to grow into a Sam or Will linebacker,” Brown said. “Keston has been selected to participate in the Cal-Florida all-star game.”
Cheathem was selected all-league; all-area and all-county after an outstanding junior season that saw him stand out on both sides of the ball.
On offense as a wide receiver Cheathem had 37 receptions for 597 yards, averaging 16.1 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns. On defense playing primarily safety, Cheathem amassed 59 tackles and picked off three passes. He can also help a team as a kick returner as he returned two for touchdowns.
“Kefton is another player who isn’t tapped out yet,” Brown said. “He still has room to grow physically and as a football player.”