July 11, 2008

Cavanaugh can bring it from both sides of the ball

Very often and perhaps sometime too often, players are measured and accessed based on the tangibles that are often called the forty, the vertical, the shuttle, bench press, height and weight relative to position.

At 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, linebacker, Adrian Cavanaugh out of Ashland (VA) Patrick Henry HS, could probably best be described by the definition of an intangible asset - "Something of value that cannot be physically touched or measured", such as the heart of a player, peripheral vision, instinct as a running or a defender. But then again, you don't even have to know this definition, just look at Cavanaugh's highlights, and you can see he has what it takes.

Although most schools are recruiting him as a weak side linebacker or strong safety, when he has his hands on the ball as running back, he is both explosive and tough.

A consistent 4.7 forty guy, Cavanaugh does see himself on defense. "Linebacker or safety … I don't have a preference, I just want to play defense," says Cavanaugh. "Any position on defense, I'm happy."

Cavanaugh has a linebackers mentality and there are a couple of players that he really he favors. "On the pro level I like to look at London Fletcher, because he really takes care of business and gets things done," shares Cavanaugh. "Another guy is Troy Leftwich who graduated from my high school, he plays linebacker too and now plays with Morgan State. Whenever he comes home, I train with him and he's always teaching me new stuff."

Although the Virginia athlete who received an offer from Army back in April isn't sure what position the Black Knights are considering him for, he does want to see Army up close. "I haven't planned anything yet (visit to Army), but I want to do so," shares Cavanaugh.

He is being recruited by Army's wide receiver coach Dan Baranik. "I haven't spoken to him in awhile, but I want to catch with him soon,"

Along with his offer from the Black Knights, there are two other offers; one from Richmond and the other from Navy.

Cavanaugh, by his own assessment is an aggressive player. "Actually sometimes too aggressive where sometimes I overrun the play and that is something that I have been working on this summer," says the linebacker prospect, who is looking for a school where academics is first, but also a place where he fits in with the coaching staff and the players, and the community as a whole.

Although he's not 100% sure, Cavanaugh is considering engineering and sport medicine as a major.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to stay in touch with Cavanaugh throughout his recruiting process!

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