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2015 LB Cecil Cherry Offered by Miami Last Weekend

2015 FB/MLB Cecil Cherry (6’1, 224, 4.75/40) of Frostproof High in Florida recorded 116 tackles, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions last season. The sensational sophomore has received a flurry of offers from big time programs recently. “Miami, Florida St., Florida, USF, UCF, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, Arizona St., UMass, and Appalachain St. have offered.”

The highly sought after linebacker visited Coral Gables last weekend. “The visit went really well. Head Coach Al Golden wanted me to commit. I told him I was really interested, that I can see myself at Miami, but that I wanted to think about it. The academics are good and I love the atmosphere. Ray Lewis’s son will be there and I was told last weekend that Ray Lewis will be around the program a lot.”

Cherry told Varsity Preps his impression of Miami’s head coach. “I love Coach Golden. He’s the type of coach I can see myself playing for. He made me feel comfortable, we took pictures, and he’s all about business. I like that.”

The Louisville Cardinals, fresh off a stunning upset of the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl, are coming hard at the 2015 middle linebacker. “I like Louisville. I have a good connection with Head Coach Charlie Strong. I know they have three linebackers leaving, just like Miami, when I’ll be coming in, so both programs can offer some early playing time.”

He said he has no frontrunners currently. “I’m wide open, no favorites yet.” Cherry informed Varsity Preps he won’t make a  commitment until after his senior season.

He spoke about the most important factors in his recruitment. “I want to find a school that will be able to get me on the field early. I’m confident I can compete right away for a starting position and have a successful freshman season. It would be nice if I could get my #3 jersey, too,” he said. “I have a brother going to Arizona St., but dad would like me to stay in Florida to play football.”

After spring practice concludes in May, he’ll head out to several area camps. “In early June, I’ll camp at Miami, FSU, Florida, USF, and then after that I’ll spend some time with my family in South Carolina.” He’s scheduled to take the ACT June 8th.

— Michael Bradley




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