Cherilus, who was born and raised in Haiti, moved to the United States three years ago and it was a year later in which the talented lineman began playing football.
"We moved here my freshman year and I pretty much just went to the games to watch," Cherilus said. "Then my sophomore year is when I started playing. I got a lot better as the season went along and the same thing happened last year."
Cherilus is an outstanding athlete that doubles in basketball (center) and track. He finished first in the League as a junior with a discus throw of 145 feet. He also threw the shot put 45 feet.
The massively talented offensive line prospect had a busy summer and planned on making a decision after a long summer camp tour … until his coach received a phone call.
"I went to camps at Iowa, Boston College, and Indiana," he said. "My coach and I decided that I would take those trips, return home, and make a decision. But then Miami coach Art Kehoe called my coach and said they wanted me to come down for their camp. So I got on a plane and went to their camp for a day."
Cherilus talked about his experience at the Miami camp.
"I went to all those camps, but none of them had the challenges like Miami did," he said. "They had a lot of real good players there to compete against. I like the attitudes of the players at Miami. I knocked this one dude on his [butt] and he got up and punched me in the nose. I started bleeding all over the place and Coach Kehoe had to step in and make us realize that we can be competitive and everything, but to get along. I mean, we might be teammates some day."
Cherilus has measured at 6-foot-7 and 275 or 276 at all the camps, and ran a 5.0/40 at a few of them. In addition, he had a 28-inch vertical jump and turned in amazing shuttle time of 4.60.
The outstanding lineman is also a full academic qualifier, with a 3.0 GPA and a 890 SAT score.
"I have close to 10 scholarship offers," he said. "Iowa, Michigan State, Temple, Uconn, Rutgers, and Pittsburgh have sent one. Boston College said they'll be sending one real soon, too."
Cherilus, however, is still waiting for the one he wants.
"I love Miami," he said. "I've always loved Miami. That's always been where I wanted to play. All my friends want me to go to Miami. I love the weather, I love the team, everything. Coach Kehoe said he loved me at the camp, but they haven't offered me yet. I met with Coach Coker afterwards and he told me that he sees that I have a lot of talent and he said he'd see what he can do. They're the No. 1 program in the country. Miami is my top choice, but they haven't offered me yet."
Cherilus said he hopes to have a decision made before the start of his senior season.
"The plan was to have a decision made after I got back from the camps, but then Miami got involved," he said. "If Miami doesn't offer me, that's fine. All the schools recruiting me are nice colleges with nice campuses. I also like Boston College and Iowa a lot. I would like to take an official visit to Miami because I didn't get a chance to look around a whole lot and I really wanted to check everything out. But I had to get in and out because of my flights. I also want to check out Notre Dame and Michigan State."
Cherilus, who is one of the elite prospects in the entire Northeast Region, is gearing up for a huge season.
"We've been working real hard as a team," he said. "We went 8-2 last year and came close. This year, I want to go 12-0 and help my team win the Super Bowl. That's all I want. We play in the toughest league in the state, so we've been working real hard this summer. On Mondays, I do 3 sets of 5 of 275 pounds on the bench press. On Wednesdays, I do squats. I do 3 sets of 5 at 420. And on Fridays, I work on inclines and power cleans. I'm also running to stay in shape."
One of the biggest sleepers out there, Cherilus definitely proved on his summer camp tour that he is a big time prospect. It'll be interesting to see whether or not UM decides to offer, especially considering they have only offered a couple offensive line prospects nationally.