Cerza-Lanaux, who measures at 6’8″, 290 lbs., is a big body and should fit in well to the plans o-line coach Phil Ratliff has for his group. He joins a group of OT’s that include big Daniel Blitch, Zach Bumgarner, and Jamal Covington (among others) as well as spring signee Eugene German from Martinsburg (WV) and recent verbal Nate Davis from Stone Bridge (VA).
By our count, that’s five verbals for the staff–which you can take a look at here–with a sixth in the fold as well who we’re trying to find out more about, but once we hear, we’ll let you know.
UPDATE: Jean-Luc was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and fill us in on the process.
Jean-Luc, first off, congrats on the verbal to Charlotte. What other schools had offered you besides Charlotte?
Other offers I had were from Georgia State and Coastal Carolina.
What set Charlotte apart from the other schools that you were considering?
What set Charlotte apart was the coaching staff and how much they cared about this program, where they are going to be on a few years, and how much they care about me.
When you spoke to the staff, especially o-line coach Ratliff, what impression did you get of them?
My impression of coach Ratliff is what a amazing guy to be coached by–I mean both he and head coach (Brad) Lambert are very big reasons why I committed there. You can ask any player on that football team and they comment on what a awesome guy and coach he is.
How do you see yourself fitting into the plan that the staff has set up over the next few years?
Well, (offensive coordinator) Jeff Mullen told me that with my size, speed and strength that if I wanted to, I could start as a true freshman and be a very big contributor, but I would most likely be a redshirt freshman.
Finally, which players do you look up to or model yourself after?
I actually look up to (Charlotte Christian teammate and WR) Bo Hines–I have known him and his family since I was in kindergarten. His work ethic is (a type that) I have never seen before–that is why he is committed to N.C. State and the reason that he will always be someone I look up to.