Vols in Hunt for N.J. Speedster

You've heard of the milkman, the egg man and the notorious bread man; now meet the Cheeseman, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound speedster from south Jersey who can deliver the goods in a hurry.

As a junior at Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J., Jahre Cheeseman rushed for 1,444 yards and 20 touchdowns in 180 carries. His healthy 8.02 yard per carry average says a lot about dangerous he is on the football field as does his 4.38 speed in the 40.

The versatile Cheeseman could play running back, receiver, cornerback or return specialist at the next level and might remind Vol fans of Mark Jones given his size, speed and diversity.

"Mostly they are looking at me on defense as an athlete," Cheeseman when asked what he's being recruited to play. "Some as kick returner, punt returner, corner and slotback. Most of them are athlete, but Rutgers and Maryland like me at slotback or running back. I prefer offense, but being a kick returner or punt returner, I'm not opposed to at all.

"I'm a playmaker because I like to have the ball in my hands. I can make things happen with my speed and my vision."

The value of that type of disposable talent is not lost on college teams and there's no shortage of quality suitors courting Cheeseman. He has offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Michigan State, Syracuse, Rutgers, Connecticut, Duke, Penn State and Tennessee among others.

"Right now it is Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee, and the fifth spot would probably have to go to Maryland," he said when asked to name his favorites. "Right now, the top four are set apart from the other four."

Cheeseman plans to make official visits to his four favorites and will leave the fifth visit open in case another contender comes on late.

"Yeah, but I haven't set up any as of yet," he said. "I'm looking for good football, good academics, and the comfort level and good atmosphere for me to live in."

An excellent student Cheeseman is fully qualified with with an impressive 3.2 GPA and a score of 1130 on his SAT. He expects to take some of his official visits during the football season but will wait until the season is over to make his decision.

"Right now I have no preference really," Cheeseman said. "I'm waiting to narrow things down with my coach before the season and then take my official visits. I'll probably commit after the season is over."

The question is: If Cheeseman makes a commitment is it binding?


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