Cherry Focused on Senior Season

NC State commitment Bra'Lon Cherry is focused on his senior season now that his college recruitment is behind him. Pack Pride checks in on the New Bern (NC) standout.

Bra'lon Cherry has been committed to NC State for more than two months and he's more sure of his decision than ever.

An early decision has allowed Cherry to focus on his last year of high school at New Bern. He's channeling as much of his energy and emotion into his season as he can and so far that appears to be paying off.

New Bern, a powerhouse on the North Carolina prep scene, is 5-0 on the season. They have outscored their opponents 221-70. They did have a very narrow win, 33-32, over Havelock. But in the past three games they have blown out everyone they've faced.

The 6-0, 175-pound NC State commit has been doing his part. Through his first four games Cherry accounted for six touchdowns and around 200 yards receiving. He also picked off two passes in those games.

"He's a definite impact guy," New Bern head coach Bobby Curlings has said of Cherry. "He never leaves the field for us. Anytime he touches the ball he has a pretty good chance at going the distance.

"He's got the moves to make you miss, is strong enough to break tackles, and he is fast enough to outrun people. He can score anytime he touches the ball in any phase of the game."

"More importantly, Bra'lon is a great kid," added coach Cherry. "We share the ball in our offense and there isn't a selfish bone in his body. He is a team captain who does everything the right way. He is a great player and a great teammate... the kind of player a coach dreams of."

His production can in part be attributed to the team's overall efforts. But Cherry has improved significantly.

"I'm catching the ball better and coming out of my cuts better," he said.

That is certainly good news for NC State. More good news is the fact that other schools have backed off since his commitment to the Pack earlier this year.

The NC State coaches still aren't leaving anything to doubt and are making sure they know how glad they are that he's on board.

"I talked to Coach Petercuskie the other day. He just said to keep in touch and that I could come up to any game," he said. "The last time I was up there was for a scrimmage. I haven't been to a game yet, but I'll probably make it to the next game."

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