CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville athlete Andre Sturdivant is playing defensive end…
Sturdivant Gives The Latest
Cleveland Glenville lost to Lakewood St. Edward 42-22 last weekend in the second round of the Ohio playoffs, marking the end of the career of senior linebacker Andre 'Tank' Sturdivant. Sturdivant, 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, had an impressive season for the Tarblooders. "My senior year went well, but we're all devastated to be done right now," Sturdivant admitted. "It's not what we expected at all, but there's nothing we can do about it now. Lakewood St. Ed's was a good team and they beat us, fair and square." Sturdivant put on a lot of weight prior to the season, and spent a major portion of the year playing two unfamiliar positions, defensive line and center. "I did well wherever they put me, and I did the best I could, because I'm a team-guy first," he stressed. "I gained a lot of weight in the summer and I started the year off weighing 250-pounds. I did lose some of my speed, so I tried to lose about 10-pounds during the season. That helped me a lot." "Earlier in the season they played me on the defensive line, and I love it there," he reported. "I finished the year standing up, at either linebacker or defensive end, but a lot depended on our opponent. This season I have played nose tackle, defensive end, outside linebacker and middle linebacker, so I have the versatility to do different things." Although he is being heavily recruited, Sturdivant is not sure what position he will play at the nest level, nor has he began the process of narrowing down his list. "I do not care where my team needs me to play, and I will do whatever my coaches want from me," he stated adamantly. "I was just offered by Iowa in the past few weeks, and even though I'm not sure for what position, I'm glad to have that offer. Iowa is a great program. I have a former teammate there, Lebron Daniel, and he loves it there, so I'm definitely interested." "I haven't set up my official visits yet, but I'm also high on Penn State and they are way up there for me," he added. "Meeting Joe Paterno was a great thrill for me and that hasn't worn off yet. I went there last summer, and seeing a man with his accomplishments face-to-face was amazing. I couldn't believe I was in the same room with the man. I email Jay Paterno about every week, and we've stayed in contact." "I also like Michigan State a lot, and they were one of the first to offer," he continued. "Their secondary coach was in our school last week, and I also speak to them a lot. I've been going there since I was a freshman, and I know those coaches pretty well. Michigan State is almost like home to me." Although Ohio State has stayed in contact, Sturdivant does not hold a written offer from the Buckeyes. "Ohio State is waiting on my test score and my GPA getting raised," Sturdivant explained. "They tell me to be patient, and Coach (Taver) Johnson and I talk pretty often. I'm not rushing into anything, and I'm not ready to commit to anybody at this point. I'm going to take things slow, and make my announcement on Signing Day."
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