ARNOLD CLASSIC HISTORY Rookie
JAMES: He has everything and then some to be the champion. He has the height, the width, the muscle size, the small waist, and flaring quads. He’s got the perfect body for a taller man. This could be a big man’s show. You have Cedric, Toney, and Ed Nunn. All three are very tall with crazy width and small waists. If these guys are on, it could change the whole dynamic of the contest. He’s working with Chris Aceto who brings his guys in conditioned. If he can keep the fullness, he can easily win. But he has to be spot on because with his height, if he’s off, everything is magnified. When he won the New York Pro last year, he was in pretty good condition. If he could come in a little drier than that, he’s gonna be unbeatable. He can win this, and I can see him being a future Mr. Olympia.
MUBARAK: Cedric is my dark horse. He has great overall balance and a good physique. He could go into Ohio and do some damage. I could see Cedric finishing as high as third or fourth, but I could also see him falling to second-round callouts. He hasn’t been consistent during his career so far. He needs to put on a little more size and that, along with condition, would put him over the top.
NICHOLLS: My final pick for the top three. He has not proven to me that he truly deserves that high of a placement in the Arnold lineup yet, but based on his genetics and potential, if he brings his A game, he could definitely be a force and even win if the cards stack in his favor. He possesses great overall structure, but the one downfall is his lack of conditioning. Cedric has improved with each show he competes in and he is consistently climbing the ladder to success. But to become not only a top contender but also an Arnold Classic champion, he will need to pull out all the stops and give us that type of next-level conditioning demonstrated by the top names in the sport.