When Edgar Cerenord rattled off the top schools recruiting him Monday, he failed to mention one team thought to have made some inroads with the Plantation American Heritage defensive tackle.
When asked about UCF, however, Cerenord acted as if he might have inadvertetnly left the Knights out.
“Yes … [they are] slowly crawling up,” he said and he attributed UCF's recent success and its climb up the Top 25 rankings as part of the reason why his interested has picked up.
He's one of the most under-rated players in the state. Although he does have 20 FBS scholarship offers, he's still not drawing attention from the majors. Arkansas and Tennessee are his lone SEC offers and his ACC offers aren't exactly overwhelming.
He agrees that he is under-rated, although he is ranked No. 42 in the Sentinel's 2014 Florida Top 100, with the only defensive tackles ahead of him on the chart being No. 19 Khairi Clark of Hollywood Chaminade Madonna, No. 37 Travonte Valentine of Hialeah Champagnat Cathloic and No. 38 DeMarcus Christmas of Bradenton Manatee.
“Yeah, but sometimes being under-rated is a good thing,” Cerenord said. “I’d rather be under-rated than over-rated.”
He has tremendous athletic ability, especially for a near-300-pounder. He’s also physical and has a non-stop motor. Some analysts have said he’s like a smaller version of Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork or former NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp, who played at Apopka.
“[College coaches] like my physical attributes, my ability to make plays and make a big impact on games … and just being a team player,” Cerenord said.
He’ll wait until the American Heritage season is complete to start dwindling his choices and taking official visits.
American Heritage hosts a second-round Class 5A state playoff game against last year's runner-up Immokalee on Friday night.
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