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August 26, 2009

Propst calls Erving 'best-kept secret in state'

MOULTRIE — Colquitt County defensive tackles coach Greg Tillery remembers Cameron Erving as a ninth-grader and says he would have given him a chance at becoming a productive high school player, much less a Division I prospect.

But heading into Friday’s 7:30 p.m. season-opener against Randolph-Clay at Tom White Field at Packer Park, Erving has committed to Florida State and is hopeful of helping lead the Packers to a football resurgence.

A seldom-used tight end for much of his sophomore season, Erving started last year at defensive end.

But he blossomed when moved to tackle and caught the eye of the Florida State recruiters.

In February, the Seminoles offer him a scholarship, which he hopes to sign for next February.

But with at least 10 games remaining in his high school career, Erving knows, “I’ve still got to be able to play.”

The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder “has a chance to be special,” says Packers head coach Rush Propst.

“He’s got a chance to be a college defensive lineman. But he’s obviously got to play every Friday.”

Propst said he has sent six defensive linemen on to college careers during his 20 seasons as a head coach, including two who in the National Football League and two more who are playing at the University of Alabama.

“I think he fits right in with them,” Propst said. “I think he’s one of the best-kept secrets in the state.

“I’m starting to get a lot of calls, coaches asking, ‘What about this Cameron Erving kid?’ I just think Florida State did their homework.”

It does not appear as if Erving is cruising into his senior season.

“He’s worked hard in the weight room and has had a good offseason,” Tillery said. “I’m very pleased with the progress he’s made.

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