July 12, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough: Cejae Ceasar

Cejae Ceasar is a defensive back in the 2021 recruiting class. The 6’3 200 pound athlete plays for the Iowa High School Yellow Jackets in Iowa, La. Ceasar had an impressive junior season lining up at both safety and corner for the Yellow Jackets in 2019. The rangy prospect also served as a kick returner for his team, showing off his vision, agility and acceleration when he had the football in his hands. Cejae tells me he has a 275 pound bench, 405 pound squat, and 405 pound dead lift.

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When did you start playing football?

I started playing flag football when I was about five. It was Ward 3 flag football. My mom was an athletic director at a recreation center for the sport. I played for the Steelers that was our team name.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Yes sir, the first sport I played growing up was track. I started running track when I was three. Then I started playing flag, and got into basketball a little later.

Wait, you ran track when you were three?!?

Yes sir, I ran the 60, and the 100. I’m still running track today, and I still play basketball too.

Did you always play DB or did you play any other positions growing up as well?

My first position was quarterback when I started pee-wee around seven or eight. Then in middles school I started playing DB.

Going back to last season, what were your top three goals?

Last season, my top three goals were to get more wins, because the previous season we went 8-2. So it was my goal to get more wins and we were a very young team. Another one was to become All-District DB and All-District receiver. Because the year prior I felt like I did good, but I didn’t get put on any teams so I felt like I needed to work harder. I ended up being All-State DB and All-District receiver. The third goal was to make a name for myself.

Going into this year, what are some goals that you have set for yourself?

This year, I want us to try to make a run for the Dome. Another is be committed to a school before the season is over. And, since it’s my last year here, just have fun with my boys.

Who would you say are some of your biggest influences?

Biggest influences, God number one. I grew up in a church family, and my mom was very spiritual. That’s a big part of me. Number two is my parents, my mom and my dad. They have taught me a lot things. My mom coached me in track, my dad coached me in football and basketball. So they have both been big influences in my life. I look to my parents for a lot.

Who is your favorite NFL player?

Ed Reed. He is probably one of the smartest DBs ever. He wasn’t that big, he wasn’t that fast, but he was a ball hawk. He had great instincts. Currently though, I think it might be Jamal Adams. Just because he is so explosive.

On a scale of 1-10 what is your ideal game day performance number?

I strive for 10 every time I come out. I’m not looking to play bad, so I guess a 10 every single game.

What have you been doing to keep yourself in football shape during the pandemic?

Recently, I went to Colorado for a month for training. I was training in high elevation because my mom lives up there. I was training with one of the Broncos trainers. I also did some speed training. Now we have high school work outs with skills, that’s like running routes and stuff like that.

What do you think is a strength in your game play?

Versatility. I feel like you can put me at any position on the field and I am going to compete at a high level.

What type of versatility are you bringing this season?

Major versatility! Currently I’m playing a weak safety outside linebacker hybrid. So my position at weak safety I kind of just move around the field. Then going to in the box to outside the box for outside linebacker. And for offense I play receiver and running back.

What are your expectations for this upcoming season and the near future?

Help my team go undefeated, and try to strive for All-American, and get more carries.

At the end of this season, what would you like your teammates and coaches to say about you?

That I am a hard worker, a natural leader. That I try to build my teammates up, no matter who it is, from the water boy to the quarterback. I don’t care who they are. That I am very coachable, and that I am just a humble guy.