Every time Gabe Cherry steps on the field, he imagines himself in a Cal uniform

VENTURA, Calif. -- Cal defensive line commit Gabe Cherry opened the season against Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, but his eyes were still turned west as the Bears won Down Under.

VENTURA, Calif. -- Gabe Cherry of Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial has sent this good news to California fans who have followed the 2017 recruiting period closely: He’s not planning to jump ship to another school and he can’t wait to play defensive tackle in a Golden Bear uniform.

“Cal is pretty solid right now,” the 6-foot-5, 255-pound senior told Scout before his game against Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure on Aug. 27. “I love the staff. I love the coaches. They make me fired up every time I go up there. They even make me fired up when I step onto the field (at Centennial). Every time I’m out there, I imagine myself being dressed in that Bear uniform.”

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1642401-cal-gets-first-com... Cherry made an early verbal commitment to Cal in February 2016, nearly one week after 2016 National Signing Day wrapped up. He has since spent his spare time perfecting his explosion off the snap and improving his hand technique as his senior campaign at Centennial got under way against the Seraphs.

It was a rather disappointing outing for Cherry and his crew, as the Seraphs routed the Golden Hawks 45-13 at Ventura College in the Under Armour Brothers In Arms Classic. But there was one game he smiled at during the past week: The Cal-Hawaii college football opener on Aug. 26 -- a 51-31 win in Sydney, Australia.

“I loved it,” Cherry said, who added that he kept a close eye on the Golden Bears’ defensive line rotation, including Zeandae Johnson, James Looney and DeVante Wilson. “I saw a lot out of the defensive linemen I met myself. I was rooting them on and I told myself that I can’t wait to be there to help them out.”

Cherry and the Golden Hawks return home against Clovis West for a Thursday, Sept. 1 non-league match up.


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