COMMIT: Cougs land quick 6-6 DL from Florida

WASHINGTON STATE HAS dipped into the Florida recruiting pool again, this time landing a 6-6, 270-pounder from the prep school ranks. His coach says he'll play on the defensive line at WSU and not only that, he thinks he might come off the edge. And there's more..

He also might have an outside chance to arrive at WSU early.

Oak Ridge Military Academy's Demetrius Cherry (6-6, 270), originally out of Frostproof, Fla., is trying to get qualified in time to enroll in January at WSU, said Oak Ridge Athletic Director Otis Yelverton.

"He has a good chance of coming in and starting right now," said Yelverton. "He's 6-6, about 265-270. He's a great athlete -- plays basketball and has good feet. I think it's a good get for Washington State.

"We're trying to get him in now. We're (going to be) waiting on the Clearinghouse to clear him. Today was his last day and once the teachers turn his grades in, we'll send his grades and final transcript out to the Clearinghouse tomorrow. And then it's just wait and see."

CHERRY WAS highly sought coming out of high school but failed to qualify academically. Yelverton said he held offers from Miami, Florida State, Central Florida, South Florida, North Carolina State, Rutgers.

"He had quite a few..but I think he developed a strong relationship with (WSU) last year and that made a difference this year. Those were the ones that had actually offered him," said Yelverton.

Some reports had Cherry as an offensive lineman, which is incorrect, said Yelverton. He also anticipates Cherry will use his 6-6, 270-pound frame on the outside.

"He's a defensive lineman, a defensive end. For a big man, he has great speed. Probably at that size he's a low 4.7 guy in the 40. I think he'll be a great end," said Yelverton.

Yelverton said Cherry officially visited Washington State for the Apple Cup and fell in love with the place, choosing WSU over Miami, Florida State, Central Florida, South Florida, North Carolina State, Rutgers.

Demetrius Cherry profile

Oak Ridge and Yelverton are no strangers to the Pac-10. "I have five kids at Cal and three kids at Oregon who have played for me. I know the Pac-10 pretty well," said Yelverton.

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