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June 18, 2014

Cerny snares first D-1 offer

TRAVERSE CITY — Thiyo Lukusa was the first to attract serious attention from colleges.

Now Jake Cerny is getting some as well.

Cerny became the second current offensive lineman from Traverse City West to get a football scholarship offer from a Division 1 school when Western Michigan coaches invited him to join their program.

The offer came on Monday after Cerny was done participating in the Broncos camp.

Following a post-camp tour of the facilities, Cerny was invited into head coach P.J. Fleck’s office, where the second-year head coach broke the news.

“He called me into his office and just sat me and my mom down. He said, ‘you know, Jake, you had a really great camp and you really opened our eyes, and just to let you know you have an offer on the table,’” said Cerny. “I was very pleased. It was almost a surreal moment. You talk about getting offers, but you never know how you’re really going to feel. When you finally get one, it’s like, ‘wow.’”

The offer came in the middle of a whirlwind spree to various schools for Cerny, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound rising junior.

“I’ve been traveling all over the place this summer going to camps,” said Cerny. “I went to MSU a couple of weekends ago, Purdue last Friday, Northwestern on Sunday, Western on Monday. I’m going to Michigan’s camp (Wednesday), Cornell’s camp on the 21st and CMU’s on the 28th.”

West head coach Tim Wooer wasn’t surprised Cerny got an offer from the Broncos. He sees Cerny as a bona fide Division 1 prospect, similar to Lukusa, who officially has five offers, and fellow junior Tommy Roush, who is likely to start receiving offers in the near future.

“Those three to me are very similar in ability,” said Wooer. “I just think, for whatever reason, the timing is perfect here that we have three phenomenal offensive linemen coming through our program right now. We’re excited for all of them. All three of those kids are good, high character people. They work hard. God has blessed them with great abilities and they’ve made the most of it so far.”

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