Keston Cheathem Transferring to Oregon State

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Posted Jun 26, 2005


California native Keston Cheathem, who was recently moved from defensive back to wide receiver and had reportedly been doing well at the new spot, has decided to transfer to Oregon State University. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke Sunday with Cheathem, who discussed his reasons for the move.

When defensive back Keston Cheathem was recruited out of Pomona High School, those close to him felt his size and frame, along with his speed and fearlessness, would allow him to grow into the safety, and even possibly the linebacker position. The expected growth didn't occur, and the speedster was moved to wide receiver in the off-season, where he reportedly had been doing well. "They told me I was No. 3 on the depth chart," Cheathem said Sunday from his Pomona home. "But in the end I got homesick and wanted to be closer to my family. Oregon State was my first official visit and I'm looking forward to playing there. I'll have to sit out a year but they told me I would compete for the No. 1 slot right away."

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Cheathem said the experience at Michigan wonderful, and he had no regrets. "Everyone was great there," he said. "The winters were a little tough to get used to, but they weren't that bad. I'll be home for a little over a week, then I head to Oregon State on July 5."

Cheathem's Pomona teammate, defensive lineman Eugene Germany, originally planned to join his friend in Ann Arbor. That eventually happened when Germany signed with the Wolverines in February. Bowing to family pressure, he signed with USC as Cheathem was heading off to Ann Arbor. "He's there to stay," Cheathem said when asked if Germany would join him in Corvallis. "He's happy there and he's been told he's going to qualify."


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