Posted: 12:20 pm Friday, May 2nd, 2014

2015 sleeper alert: Big Gus at Cedar Grove 

By Michael Carvell

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3529654427001

I found a 2015 sleeper prospect that I really liked at Cedar Grove High School’s football practice this week.

And he wasn’t even participating.

The kid’s name is Gus Cumberlander, and he gets overshadowed by heralded teammates such as linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (signed with South Carolina), defensive tackle Quentez Johnson (committed to Miami) and defensive back Christopher Fredrick, among others.

But you can’t help but notice Big Gus.

Even without the football pads and helmet, Cumberlander is the biggest dude on the field. (He sat out Thursday’s practice after being involved in a minor car accident).

Cumberlander stands close to 6-foot-7, and weighs in at 245 pounds. He passes all the eyeball tests.

You can look at Gus’s junior film by clicking here.

He reminds me a lot of Francis Kallon, the former Central Gwinnett High School defensive tackle from England who only played one year of football before earning nearly 20 D1 scholarship offers (eventually signing with Georgia Tech).

Cumberlander has a better body frame than Kallon, and is also a lot more football savvy. But don’t expect him to play as big as his size on the high school-level this year. He’s still very raw, undeveloped and growing into his massive body. He’s two or three years from being a possible impact player.

But the sky is the limit.

“Gus has one of the biggest upsides I have seen,” Cedar Grove assistant Chris Hill said. “He will peak in college. He holds his weight good, and has not missed a single workout this winter. He put on close to 20 pounds this offseason.”

If I’m a college coach, I’m taking these kinds of kids all day long, especially when you take into account his friendly demeanor and good grades (3.0 GPA, and wants to study Pharmacy). He’s a project, but one worth investing in, imho.

Gus is the kind of guy I sign strictly based on potential. I have no idea where he’s going to play but hope he’s starting somewhere for my team by his third year. With his body frame, he could pretty much play anywhere on the offensive line or defensive line.

Cumberlander has five early scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech and UVA. He would like to get evaluated by UGA and Auburn, among others.

I’d expect him to at least double his offers by the end of May.

  • UPDATE: Cumberlander’s older brother is former Ole Miss defensive end Gerald Rivers, who was recently claimed on waivers by NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

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18 comments
POAD2014
POAD2014

My vent was rocking........................


It must be Spring in Georgia because the Delusional Dawg fans are talking about winning a National Championship.

   Score: 26

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

The good news is UGa's pharmacy schools is one of the best!!! GT, Bama, LSU don't have pharmacy schools. Auburn's is mediocre and UT's is in Memphis. Looks like if he continues to develop he will have his best career opportunity in Athens.

POAD2014
POAD2014

(3.0 GPA, and wants to study Pharmacy).

He probably wants to study Pharmacology.....that means a lot of Chemistry

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Yes Randy I did make an offer but he is waiting to see if Old Dominion offers.  Can't say as I blame him.

RandyHall
RandyHall

Does he have the grades? Will UGA wait 2 weeks prior to decision to offer...and make a last ditch effort to commit or sign...like a Holsey...or Doss...or Lee...or Brown...or etc? UGA needs to be ahead of the curve in their state....who is responslble for his territory?? Quackmeyer...have you made your official offer??

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Mike Banning.....your glass always seems to be 1/2 empty.  Any kid would like to have offers from his 2 in-state schools.  His response is not an insight into his feeling about GT but only a hope that UGA offers and he can make a choice between the two.  Hope my Dawgs offer and he becomes a DGD.  If you become more objective, folks might start taking you serious.

sportsnut
sportsnut

UGA will offer, in about a year from now, then it will be too late.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

GT and Pajamas offers "early" and his response is, "I'd like to get evaluated by UGA and Auburn".

Gives some good insight on how GT FB under CPJ is perceived around the state by FB recruits, even the raw recruits that don't have a lot of offers yet.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Buzz-Off  Duke Vandy and Kentucky would be good or better choices.

TECH has many Medical Doctor Graduates.

His undergrad work will mostly be CHEMISTRY and Yes TECH can get him to "Pharmacy" school.

RandyHall
RandyHall

@ Quackmeyer...Like Kendall Gant last year....going to Marshall...making a decsion to go to a smaller school ...can get into that school easier and immediate playing...Quack: how many de-commits will UGA have this year: 5+ last year?? TIME FOR CMR TO WIN A NC!!!  

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Sportsnut,

You may be correct, but that looks to also be the case with Bama, LSU, Auburn, Ohio State, USC, Florida, etc, etc, etc.......who have not made offers. It's tough to use a limited scholarship offer on a kid who just looks good, but will take years to develop.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@MikeBanning  Gives you some good insight on how Georgia Tech is ahead of the curve with scouting and evaluations? 

Dawgilama
Dawgilama

@RandyHall  Time for you to get a new  line, yawn. Why would Georgia  wait to see if  Gant  would qualify, why not post  about all the 4 and  5  star players  they signed. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@MichaelCarvell

Mike C,

You're the recruiting guru.  You talk to these kids.To what extent if any, do you think Johnson's triple option offense is a deterrent to our recruiting?

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@Birmingham__Jacket For offensive players, especially at the skills positions, that don't want to play in that offense, it's a deal breaker