June 2, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Cedrick Pellum

Cedrick Pellum is a wide receiver playing at Dallas Madison. He is 6’2” weighs 180 pounds, and you see in his film that he uses his body well. Cedrick is fast and has long legs that he uses to get by defensive backs. At the same time, he is also shifty and is utilized for screens where he often cuts his way through defenders to get in the open, to then blaze past everyone. Cedrick has raw versatile talent, he can do anything that a receiver needs to do, he can go up and catch, gets off the line of scrimmage, he is athletic, runs smooth routes, and he blocks well in the running game. Not only is Cedrick a standout football player, he is a smart kid who works to maintain a strong 3.1 GPA.

When did you start playing football?

I played baseball for most of my childhood, so I did not start football until the 6th grade. This is later than most people start football, I did not start playing wide receiver until I was in 8th grade. I think this gives me more room to grow as a player.

What is your favorite thing about football?

The family and brotherhood atmosphere it gives me, especially the brotherhood I have with my teammates. I did not have a dad growing up, but my coaches have been father figures for me. Football helped give me the support that I did not always have.

What qualities or values differentiate you from your competition?

I am a physical receiver; most corners are not used to that. I think I am better than most at high pointing the ball and bringing it down, my favorite route is an out-and-up for that reason, I get to show my physicality and the go up and get the ball. I really enjoy blocking and laying down hits for my running backs.

At what moment did you realize you loved football?

In 8th grade when I was moved to receiver, I felt that my talent was unleashed. Prior to receiver I played a lot of linebacker, I liked it, it is where I learned to be physical and hit people. My natural skill set is built for a receiver, so I am happy I play it.

Would you still be playing football if you were not moved to receiver?

Yeah, I think so. I played football for two years before the switch and I still enjoyed it much. I love football playing receiver made me love it more, but my love for the game exceeds just playing receiver.

What has football taught you off the field?

Communication, football has taught me how to express myself better, I was not always the best at doing that.

Who is your biggest role model?

My cousin, he is a hard worker who put himself through college and got a master’s degree. Once he got his degree, he moved back home to help out his family.

What is your major in college?

I have always been interested in the criminal justice system; it is a very fascinating field. I am not sure what I want to do yet.

How do you prepare for games?

I keep it pretty simple, nothing weird, I just listen to music. I like 21 Savage and Future a lot.

Do you model your game after anyone?

Julio Jones for sure, I think we play a similar type of game, I wear number 11 because of him. We both play physical, have good body control, and having the ability to go get the ball.