HD learned that part of the reason for his transfer was he was worried he would be in the shadow of fellow freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson, who somewhat surprisingly has been taking reps with the first-team at middle linebacker - the position Cherry was expected to play.
While this may have been a concern for Cherry, it is not a concern for three-star 2016 linebacker commit Demarco Boyd (Gilmer, TX).
The news of Cherry’s departure took over social media and reached inevitably reached Boyd's screen.
“It is what it is,” Boyd said. “I’m sorry he is trying to leave, but my main focus is to come in and help wherever.”
The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker verbally committed to Texas back in January. He knows Jefferson will be there once he gets to the Forty Acres, but he is taking that competition as motivation.
“That means I have to work harder,” the commit said.
The same day Cherry announced he was transferring HD broke the news that redshirt freshman running back Duke Catalon would also be leaving the team.
Boyd has his own announcement for current and hopeful Texas players.
“Everything doesn’t come easy,” Boyd said. “You have to work for what you want, this is real, not high school.”
The linebacker is the younger brother of freshman cornerback Kris Boyd. While he still has another year to get here, Demarco is ready to join his brother in Austin.
“I’m not rushing it, but yes I want to be there ASAP!” he said.
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