"My top five is USC, Cal, UCLA, Arizona and Colorado," said Cheadle. "My aim is USC, since they are the best program around, but I won't be disappointed if I end up at another Pac-10 school. I mean, it's the Pac-10, that's big."
One of the more athletic linemen in the Golden State, Cheadle has good defensive end size, but prefers to mix it up on the offensive side of the ball.
"I've got the right size to play defensive end, but I didn't play a lot on defense last year. I had tackles, but I'm more of a full-go-on-offense guy. This year, though, I'm playing more defense," said Cheadle, who was named to the All-State Underclass team.
Cheadle said he was in no hurry to make a decision, but he doesn't see himself leaving the west coast. "I want to be close to home so my family can come and watch. I'm going to take my time, and take everything in before I decide," said Cheadle. "I definitely want to take all of my trips."
A good basketball player as well, Cheadle was named his league's MVP and was an all-area selection as a post player for Bakersfield.
This spring, Cheadle plans to attend the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and likely will attend the USC camp.
A good student, Cheadle has a 3.8 GPA and will take the SAT on April 1st.