Cedric Dale (Fort Worth, Texas/Keller Timber Creek) admitted to being frustrated. The 2014 cornerback believed he had been putting in overtime with his workouts, but his efforts were not rewarded with a scholarship offer.
On Sunday, Dale scored his first offer and ended months of frustration. The 5-foot-9, 178-pound athlete was offered by Texas Tech after participating in a Red Raiders satellite camp at Rockwall (Texas) High School.
“I’ve worked so hard on my game, so this feels good,” Dale said. “I was so frustrated that it came to a point where I’d come home and be so mad. I felt by myself, like no one was watching me.
“I felt like I wasn’t getting any type of exposure. My high school coaches kept telling me to wait and be patient, but I was ready for everything to happen now.”
Dale earned the offer after a stellar showing at Rockwall. He was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.42 seconds and the 20-yard shuttle at four seconds. He also fared well in 1-on-1 drills.
Dale has attended camps for the past week. He attended the Oklahoma camp last Saturday through Monday, and he attended a Baylor camp on Thursday and a TCU camp on Friday. Dale said he’s received looks from college programs as both a cornerback and a safety.
Dale now has his first offer, but he also is receiving looks from Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Florida, Utah and several other schools. He added that he isn’t planning to attend any more camps for the summer, but he isn’t planning on taking any time off.
“I’m not just going to settle on this offer and be done for the rest of my school year,” Dale said. “I’ve got two more years left. I have to keep working hard and keep on striding.”