With sticky hands and blazing foot speed, Somerset High School senior wide receiver Cam Cheuvront was bound to get his pick of colleges to chose from.
But Cheuvront chose to make his college decision based on his brain power and his longterm future, and not on the skill of his hands and feet.
On National Signing Day, Cheuvront opted to bypass a full ride offer from Murray State and a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Kentucky; but instead signed with Davidson College.
Located in Davidson, N.C., Davidson College is ranked among America's strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges, is considered the Ivy league school of the south, and is alma mater to 23 Rhodes Scholars.
“I chose Davidson College because of their academics and the benefits of that institution after college,” Cheuvront stated. “It is not a 4-year decision, but a 40-year decision. That is what sold me on Davidson College was the academics and my future after football.”
“When I first started looking at college, I guess I had the same dream as every kid – I wanted to play football at the highest level possible,” Cheuvront explained. “But once it came down to making my actual college decision, I based it more on my academics and not the athletics. It is a lifetime decision and football won’t last forever.”
And Cheuvront had a tough decision, with colleges around the nation vying for his talent. Cheuvront, a first-team All-State wide receiver with a track 100-meter state title to his credit, received football offers from Ohio University, Marshall, Army, Morehead State, Murray State, Kentucky, Georgetown, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois and Centre – just to name a few.
“It was a really hard process to choose a college, but it was a great process,” Cheuvront explained. “Murray State came in late and offered me a full ride and it was really a hard decision to turn down a full ride scholarship at a college like that. Also, Kentucky wanted me to be a preferred walk-on, then red-shirt and maybe get some time eventually.”
Somerset High School head football coach Robbie Lucas fielded a lot of the college recruiting calls about his standout wide receiver, who amassed 1,171 receiving yards and scored 15 touchdowns during his senior season.
“Cam created a lot of college interest during his senior year here at Somerset,” Lucas pointed out. “Cam is a fine player, who has excellent speed. We were worried about his size at the college level, but once (the college coaches) saw the film on him and what he was able to do as a receiver, they quickly realized he was a very good football player and they couldn’t wait to get him on their squads.”
But Lucas was quick to point out that Cam’s stats were very misleading due to the types of defensive coverage he faced.
“Opposing defenses had to honor him and gave him a lot of junk coverages,” Lucas explained. “We had defenses that would put everything to his side, making it impossible for him to get one-on-one coverage.”
“In some of the games that Cam didn’t have the greatest numbers, he was probably tripled or – amazingly enough – quadrupled teamed,” Lucas said with a slight chuckle. “Cam really had four guys cover him in the Prestonsburg game, and I had never seen coverage on a receiver like that before. I don’t even know if John Cole ever got quadruple coverage when he played here.”
“Obviously that kind of coverage on Cam opened up the rest of our offense and allowed other players to have some success, and being a total team player — Cam was good with that,” Lucas concluded.
Cheuvront ranked as one of the all-time great Somerset receivers, just behind the likes of John Cole and Allen Sexton. Cheuvront had 146 career receptions, 2,216 career receiving yards and 24 touchdowns for his prep career.