I wanted to wait until I knew it was official and now it is. Lots to the story but not gonna focus on that. I like to focus on factual information and now it's done..
*****HERE'S OUR ORIGINIAL REPORT ON THE SITUATION VIA WILLIAM WILKERSON
Numerous sources have told HornsDigest.com that freshman linebacker Cecil Cherry, or someone on his behalf, is looking around at the possibility of transferring.
We're told there are a couple of factors in play here, one being that Cherry didn't get the jersey number that he wanted. He wanted No. 3 but got No. 52 instead.
A bigger cause for concern appears to be the fact that fellow freshman Malik Jefferson is getting snaps ahead of him at middle linebacker.
It came as a surprise to many that Jefferson has lined up at middle linebacker with the first team defense. He wasn't projected to play MLB. So this probably came as a surprise to Cherry and, as sources have told us, his frustration has grown.
You also have to take into consideration that Cherry is from a small town in Florida [Frost Proof] who could be home sick at the moment.
Cherry, the No. 21 MLB in the country for the class of 2015, wears his heart on his sleeve. He wants to be great. He continuously talked about coming in from Day 1 and being a difference maker on this roster and being one of the guys that was going to help Texas turn things around.
Nothing is set in stone yet. Texas head coach Charlie Strong still needs to speak with Cherry about all of this. He knows linebackers as well as anyone and his ability to relate to players is one of the main reasons he's been so successful as a head coach. It's one of the key reasons why he got Cherry to flip commitments from Tennessee to Texas.
Nonetheless, this news has come as a surprise to those tied into the program. Now they'll have to see if they can talk Cherry into staying and letting him know that he figures to be a big part of this defense moving forward, both this season and beyond.
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