Junior to Watch: Tim Cesa
School: Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison
Position: Inside linebacker
Size and speed: Cesa is 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.6 seconds. He also has a 335-pound bench press and should have no problem qualifying with a 3.9 grade-point average. He also has a 30 inch vertical leap and a 460-pound squat.
Honors: Cesa was named as one of the area’s dynamite dozen prospects and is a two-time all-region selection after his junior year.
Statistics: As a junior, Cesa recorded 36 solo tackles, 24 assists, seven tackles for a loss, four pass breakups, three sacks and two interceptions.
Favorite Schools: Notre Dame, Boston College, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Penn State top Cesa’s early wish list.
Skinny: Face it, Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison is loaded with blue-chip talent for the Class of 2003, and sometimes it’s easy to over look one or two of the prospects. One player that has gone under the radar, but is definitely an impressive prospect is linebacker Tim Cesa.
Cesa is impressive both on and off the field. Along with impressive stats on the field, Cesa is an academic all-star and should end up having his pick of schools before signing day next February.
“I’m aggressive but smart,” Cesa said. “I make very few mental errors.”
And it’s his ability to be smart on the field that allowed him to move to outside linebacker last season – even though college coaches project him as an inside linebacker prospect in college.
“I played outside linebacker this year, so my tackles were a little low compared to normal,” Cesa said. “However, playing outside linebacker allowed me to get involved in pass defense more. That’s how I got those two interceptions and four pass breakups. A lot of people see my 60 tackles statistic and severely under-rate my athletic ability and me.”
But once you watch Cesa’s film you can see that he belongs.
So what will be on Cesa’s list when it comes time to make a decision?
“I’m going to be looking for a school where I can get playing time and the academics have to be good,” he said.
Which would explain why schools like Notre Dame, Boston College, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Penn State are on his list.