To his credit, Cedric Rowzee enjoyed a freshman campaign in which he was afforded the golden opportunity to put his skills on display for Chicago’s Wheaton Warrenville South High’s track and field squad.
Now in what has been an already busy offseason, Rowzee is clinging to lofty expectations of doing the necessary things that will enable him to assume more reps for Tigers coach Ron Muhitch’s varsity football roster.
A slim, but speedy 5-foot-9, 135-pound athlete, Rowzee starred mostly on Wheaton Warrenville’s junior varsity squad, but managed to witness limited action on varsity.
That alone, in his estimation, was enough to fuel his desire to partake in what has been an efficient, productive offseason for the two-way athlete, in large part because he’s convinced his best and brightest days as a rising prep athlete are well ahead of him.
“It was a great way to start my career off as a freshman being on the football team and varsity track team,” Rowzee, in assessing his freshman season, told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
As far as Rowee and his mother, Tinisha Akers-Hood, are concerned, that Rowee played sparingly on varsity essentially is a precursor to what Muhitch and his staff can expect in the coming seasons.
While Rowsee has yet to garner any attention from college scouts and recruiters, he’s adamant that will all change as he continues to broaden his mechanics, particularly on the gridiron.
“I haven’t gotten any letters from any colleges, but I will be attending a few college camps (over the summer),” Rowzee said.
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As he awaits with great expectancy some form or feedback from colleges, Rowzee hinted that it’s not too early to audition, thus make a favorable case that he’s equipped to play at the collegiate level.
“I’m coachable and I’m very competitive,” Rowzee said. I lifted (weights) three days a week. My biggest strength is speed and my reaction time. My weakness would be my size.”
As he look ahead to attending a few football camps in the coming weeks, Rowzee acknowledged that he’s remaining hopeful that those who monitor his skills won’t make much of issue of his size.
“God did it,” said Akers-Hood, when asked what her overall reaction to her son’s rise as a multi-sport athlete. “I’m a single mom and I love sports Both his father and I were track stars.
As it pertains to continuing to exemplify athletic success, Akers-Hood said that health and hitting the books are key.
“(I pray) God protects him so he doesn’t get hurt,” said Akers-Hood, “and I’m praying he scores (well on college entrance exams).”
In echoing virtually everyone else who have witnessed her progress and thrive as a young athlete, Akers-Hood obviously shares the same favorable assessment.
“Cedric is supernaturally talented,” she said. “He wouldn’t have (all this talent) without Christ, Who strengths him.”
Not to mention these assortment of golden opportunities to put his skills on display for Chicago’s Wheaton Warrenville South High’s track and field squad.
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