2018 Dallas (Tex.) Carter defensive end Jarell Cherry visited SMU way back on National Signing Day and the sophomore picked up his first offer that day while visiting with Chad Morris and the staff.
“This being my first offer, I was really astonished. I was really happy to know that I actually worked hard enough to get that first offer. It being from SMU is great,” Cherry said. “He said that he wants me to know that he’s very proud and us offering you that he wants me to remember that they were the first to offer and to never forget that they were the first to take a chance on me. I truly appreciate that.”
Defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt really likes Cherry’s playmaking ability and he has the chance to be special at SMU.
“They like my potential and size. They know I’m a very fast player and me being able to be a good pass rusher, but have the potential to drop back in coverage, they say I could be a 2-for-1 player on the field,” Cherry said.
The 6-3, 226-pound end says he likes Wyatt and the relationship they’re building.
“It’s been a good bit of communicating between us. He’s really assertive and he can see my potential to be a difference maker at SMU. He says I could be an aggressive player and he sees my potential,” Cherry said.
Morris is building something special at SMU and that isn’t lost on Cherry.
“We talked about them building this Texas Tough. He said they’re the only school to have a recruitment class of just Texas kids. He said we’re going to get the inner city kids and with as much talent as Dallas has, these kids should have no reason to leave the city or the state,” Cherry said. “He also said that you have 1,460 days and there’s only 60 gamedays, but for the rest you’re a student-athlete.”
The staff toured Cherry around campus and he was impressed with both the academics and especially the uniform designs.
“That’s one thing I like. I saw they have a pretty high rating across the nation and that’s what I like about them,” Cherry said. “One thing I will say is that coach Morris has the ability to put together great uniforms. Coach Wyatt said coach Morris can put out some great uniforms and the ones they have are already really nice.”
His coaches say Cherry needs to quit thinking as much, but overall, Cherry is disciplined and a hustle player.
“I’ve a very good sideline to sideline player. One thing I like to take advantage of is my speed. I’m very blessed and I’m a hustler. I make sure to do everything I do on the field is aggressive and quick.”
Texas Tech, Purdue, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Arkansas have shown interest in Cherry so far. He plans on returning with his True Buzz Athletics group to SMU and also taking a visit to TCU among others.