Many northern schools find the going tough when they try to recruit the top
players out of the South.
There won't be any problem, however, making a sales pitch to one of Georgia's
best linebacker prospects. Marietta's
Cesa says he's looking forward to heading a new direction.
"I wouldn't mind playing up north, getting out of this
heat," he said. "Most of the schools on my list are north of here."
Cesa (6-3, 232, 4.6), who recorded 80 tackles, three
sacks and two interceptions as a junior, has scholarship offers from Indiana,
Boston College, Maryland and Vanderbilt. He said his current favorites include
those four, plus Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia.
"Notre Dame has always been No. 1 on my list. I grew up
watching them and Penn State because they were my dad's two favorite teams," he
said. "I'm going up there (South Bend) for a one-day camp this weekend, and I'm
really hoping they make an offer.
"I'm also looking real hard at Penn State, Boston
College, West Virginia and Vanderbilt. They would probably make up my top five
as of now."
He added that Boston College has been recruiting him the
longest. "I really love the coaches, they're coming off a great season, and it's
a place that has a lot to offer both for football and academics. It's a program
I could see myself stepping in and making a contribution right away."
Cesa just returned from a trip to Nashville for a
one-day camp at the Vandy campus.
"I liked the new coaching staff and coach (Bobby)
Johnson a lot," he said. "I think it's a program on the rise, and you can't beat
How big a role will academics play in his decision?
"Well, if you look at the schools on my list, they're
all very strong academically," Cesa said. "That, combined with the overall
success of their football program, will be the big factors in my decision."