Sunday, February 24, 2013
Watch List ATH talks TTU, KSU this week
By Damon Sayles
Healthy and hungry, ESPN Watch List cornerback Cedric Dale (Fort Worth, Texas/Timber Creek) is a player to watch for the offseason. After breaking his arm midway through his junior season, Dale now is completely healthy and ready to show his skills in an effort to earn more offers.
Dale’s lone offer is from Texas Tech, and he had a chance to take in the Lubbock, Texas, experience over the weekend. Dale, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete projected to play cornerback in college, attended Texas Tech’s junior day on Saturday and said he enjoyed the trip.
“It turned out really well. I got to meet the coaching staff,” Dale said. “I got to know [cornerbacks] Coach [Kevin] Curtis. He’s really down to earth. He went to Tech, and he would be coaching me there. He made it to the pros and got drafted, so he’s been in my situation before.
“I think he’d put in a lot to what he’s trying to teach me. He’ll be able to teach me the ins and outs and will push me farther than what I’m used to.”
Dale enjoyed chatting with Curtis, but he also mentioned several other coaches that he enjoyed conversing with, including head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Dale likes the coaching staff’s youth and its ability to relate to the athletes.
Dale picked up his Texas Tech offer in July, and while the Red Raiders are very high on his list, he’s looking to pick up additional offers this spring. Dale attended Georgia’s junior day last week, and he said he’s been hearing a lot from Oklahoma State lately. California, Oregon and Texas also have shown interest.
Dale will trek to Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday to take in Kansas State’s junior day. He is hoping for an experience similar to what he felt in Lubbock.
“They’re in the Big 12, and I like their aggressiveness,” Dale said. “They’ve shown a lot of leadership. They were kind of an underdog, but they came on strong. I just like how aggressive they are.”