2018 DE/OLB Jarell Cherry (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Scout 300 Defensive End Jarell Cherry Plans Upcoming LSU Visit

FRISCO, Texas -- Jarell Cherry, the No. 129 overall in the 2018 Scout 300, will visit LSU later this month. The Tigers are one of his many offers from across the country.

Four-star prospect Jarell Cherry has offers from all over the country and this offseason should be a busy time for him as he visits some of those programs.

The 6-foot-3, 229-pound Cherry is Scout's No. 2 defensive end in the state of Texas' 2018 class and the No. 129 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300. Cherry has also visited Texas and Texas A&M this offseason and will soon visit LSU.

Cherry told Scout about his plans for an LSU trip at Sunday's The Opening Dallas regional camp at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. Cherry attended the event, but did not work out because of a minor injury.

Cherry will visit LSU on March 18.

"It's going to be my first time visiting Baton Rouge," Cherry said. "I'm looking to see the major I'm going into in college. I'm going to be looking at the comfort level. I'm going to be looking to meet some of the team and see what they think about the school.

"Hopefully I'll get to see some people from the Dallas Metroplex."


Cherry plays an odd-front end for Carter High School in Dallas, but will play uncovered in college, whether as a four-man end or an odd-front standing edge rusher. Cherry said head coach Ed Orgeron recruits him for LSU, which likes him as that hybrid prospect who can play as an even-front end or odd-front outside linebacker.

"I know they're known for having a pretty nasty defense. They're big on defense," Cherry said. "That's what I know most about LSU."

Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando recruits Cherry for Texas, which recently hosted a junior day event that saw numerous high-profile prospects visit.

"Texas visit went great. The new coaching staff seems like they have big plans," Cherry said. "They're gonna be renovating facilities and looking to make a change pretty soon."

Receivers coach Aaron Moorehead recruits Cherry for Texas A&M, as well as head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Cherry said Sumlin has made it clear how badly the Aggies want Cherry.

"Coach Sumlin has been trying to get the whole coaching staff to stay in contact with me so I can understand the gist of how bad they want me," he said.

Cherry recorded eight tackles for loss and five sacks this past fall despite playing largely covered up as a 3-4 end in Dallas Carter's scheme. He has a lot of potential because of his long-armed frame and football instincts.

Below are more evaluation notes on Cherry:

Jarell Cherry is an athletic edge rusher prospect who could potentially play an even-front end or odd-front hybrid outside linebacker at the Power Five conference level. Cherry has primarily played an odd-front end covered up in high school, but he will be at home as a true edge defender in college.

Cherry's atheticism also means that there's a chance he could play an outside linebacker position in a 4-3 defense. He's a sprinter during track season and his natural athleticism is one of his best attributes as a prospect. He'll need to add bulk and strength, but possesses the frame to do so. He's also very raw technically, but that means his ceiling should be high as he projects to the next level.

Cherry is a high-major prospect who will have plenty of big offers nationally. -- Gabe Brooks

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