2015 sleeper alert: Big Gus at Cedar Grove

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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