January 25, 2013

Wake pushes for Ceesay

Solo Ceesay committed to University of Pennsylvania following a visit to the Ivy League school Saturday, Jan. 5, but that did not keep Wake Forest from offering the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder a scholarship Wednesday, Jan. 23.

"I thought it was a great campus, so I committed," Ceesay said. "I thought it was a great opportunity to pursue the high academic standard and play football."

"I just started hearing from Wake Forest not too long ago. I couldn't really say how strong of an option it is, because I don't really know much about the school. All I've heard about the school is it's a great opportunity. One thing you have to consider is any offer from there is a full scholarship; not Ivy League, like need-based tuition, but at the same time Ivy League is Ivy League. It's like the best schools in the world, but Wake Forest is a great academic institution."

The Saint Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs School defensive end remains committed to Penn, but is going to look at Wake.

"I wasn't really sure that I was going to pick up that offer [from Wake]," Ceesay said. "It's a blessing that I did. They're a good ACC team. It's a good program. It's one of the best conferences to play in, so I got a great opportunity. I'm very interested and very open to the idea of Wake Forest."

He has yet to schedule a trip to Winston-Salem, but plans to when he speaks again with Demon Deacon defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ray McCartney. Ceesay said next weekend is most likely time he will visit Wake.

"I think it will come down to the wire to be completely honest, because I want to pick up as much information as possible and make the decision that's right for me," Ceesay said. "I take a lot of time to make sure I do the right thing every time I do something."

Ceesay, who is new to football, began playing as a sophomore in high school.

"I'm a big, strong kid," Ceesay said. "I can bench press 440 [pounds], can squat 550 [pounds], so I'm a very strong kid. I'm pretty agile, and [I] bring speed off the edge."

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