Cheeseman Sets Two Official Visits

Voorhees, Nj. (Eastern HS) running back/cornerback Jahre Cheeseman has already scheduled two of his official visits. Which schools will be hosting him? Which schools are in his top five? Does he have a leader?

Name: Jahre Cheeseman
Position: RB/CB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 pounds
40 Speed: 4.38 seconds
Hometown/School: Voorhees, Nj. (Eastern HS)

Voorhees, Nj. (Eastern HS) athlete Jahre (pronounced Jah-ray) Cheeseman isn't your normal New Jersey high school football player, growing up liking the Giants, Jets, Eagles, or another east coast team.  Jahre grew up following his home state San Fransisco 49ers.  A native of California, the Cheeseman family moved from the west coast to east when Jahre was a sophomore because of his father's job.  Despite only living in New Jersey for two years, his list of favorite schools certainly has more than enough east coast flavor to it.

"Right now my top five are chosen.  I have Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Maryland," said Jahre, who has 18 offers all in writing.  "The most recent was Penn State, a couple weeks ago.  The others are pretty old."

When the Nittany Lions offered, did it come out of the blue or was he expecting their scholarship papers?

"I talked to both of their coaches and I got their letter in the mail.  They had gotten in contact with my coach and then I called them," explained Jahre, adding he's being recruited by Ron Vanderlinden.  "He said that they were sorry they didn't offer me earlier and hopefully I could come for a visit."

Eastern HS in Voorhees, Nj. should sound familiar to Penn State fans.  The school is the alma mater of Penn Stater Adam Taliaferro.  Have he and Adam had the chance to talk about Penn State football?

"I haven't really talked to him much about college, but I've seen him around and said hi."

While having Adam as an ambassador should certainly benefit the Nittany Lions, Jahre, a strong student, also likes the Penn State academic reputation.  Earlier this summer, he and his family made an unofficial visit to Happy Valley for a Junior Day.

"I liked the campus and everything about the school like the academics and the coaches, they seemed pretty nice."

"Coach Vanderlinden did most of the touring and we also got to meet Coach (Joe) Paterno.  We had kind of a lunch.  He said it was nice to meet me, he hopes I like the school, and that they'll be in touch with me."

In addition to Penn State, Jahre has been to all of the other schools in his top five except Tennessee.

With the football season beginning to heat up this weekend, does Jahre have any official visits planned yet?

"I'm taking one in late September to Virginia Tech (9/24).  Then in early December, I'm going to visit Penn State (Dec 3rd).  Those are the only two officials so far," said Jahre, who is unsure if he will take all five visits.

At 5'10'', 185 pounds and possessing 4.38 forty speed, Jahre is being recruited by Tennessee as a corner, Maryland as a running back, and Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Penn State as both.  Does he have a preference?

"I prefer offense, but I'm still open to both."

Of his five favorites, Jahre said he does not have a favorite school.  So what aspects of each program have intrigued him enough to be in his top five?

Tennessee - "The only things I can say about them is what I've heard.  I've heard it's a really nice school.  They've got a good football program and a nice area."

Virginia - "I also like the academics and the coaches.  The campus is really nice and the history of the school."

Va Tech - "I like the football program, the coaches, and the facilities."

Maryland - "I like the campus and the coaches, they're really nice.  They also have nice facilities."

What does he like most about Penn State?

"Mostly the academics.  The academics are a good opportunity for whatever happens after college.  That's probably the biggest deal -- the prestige from the scholarship and what it offers after college," explained Jahre, who also lists level of the program and comfort as other criteria he will examine when making his choice.

With two official visits already scheduled and another two or three on the way, does Jahre have a time frame for his final decision?

"Probably after I take -- maybe not all the visits -- probably four of the visits."

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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