Cherry Waiting Patiently For His Time

2018 Coahoma LB Cecil Cherry (6-2, 240) had over 60 offers when he graduated from high school, but after attending two FBS programs, he's found a home with the Tigers and he currently holds one offer from a four-year school, but many more schools are keeping an eye on his progress...

"The only offer I know of is Florida Atlantic because they are the only ones that have personally offered me, but my coaches have been talking to a bunch of schools too," Cherry told recently.

In addition to his offer from FAU, has been able to confirm that has also been offered by Mississippi State and that he's been hearing from LSUMississippiLouisville and Washington among others.

"I had so many offers in high school, but right now I just have the (two)," Cherry noted. "I definitely am open to anyone who wants to offer and recruit me though. This time, it will be much more of a family decision and something that I won't take lightly."

After graduating from Frostproof (Fl.) High School, Cherry enrolled at Texas, but after three practices, he made the decision to leave and search for a new opportunity.

"It just wasn't the right place for me," Cherry said. "I was told one thing and then when I got there, it wasn't what they told me it was going to be and they weren't going to use me in the way that they had said, so that was sorta frustrating and I just felt like needed a new place."

Cherry landed at South Florida and sat out the season (2015) while obeying the NCAA transfer rules.

As a redshirt freshman last season, Cherry played in all 12 games for the Bulls and finished the season with 30 tackles.

"I flow to the ball well and my read-react is better than most guys my size," Cherry said. "I feel like I am physical at the point-of-attack and I can do whatever is asked of me.

"One thing I like to do that no one seems to like to do is play special teams. I love hitting guys and competing and that's just another chance to set the tone and make an impact."

Following the 2016 season, South Florida's head coach Willie Taggart decided to take the open head coaching position at Oregon.

"When coach Taggart left, I just didn't feel like it was the right place for me anymore," Cherry said. "I was an Academic All-American, so it wasn't anything academically that made me leave.

"This is my last chance though, so I really want to find the right place for me and like I said, it'll be a family decision and one that I will look at long and hard before I decide where I will play."

Cherry is set to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2017 football season.

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