About an hour after losing 4-star OL Toby Weathersby (Spring Westfield), Texas grabs 4-star LB Cecil Cherry from Lakeland, FL (Victory Christian Academy).
Cherry announced his commitment via Twitter.
Cherry, a former Tennessee commit and participant of The Opening in Oregon, was set to decide on National Signing Day in February, closed the deal this afternoon with a phone call to the UT staff.
Cherry, No. 19 pledge, joins LB’s Breckyn Hager and Cameron Townsend in the Class of 2015.
Cecil Cherry excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook on 12/3/14:
Cecil Cherry, LB – Lakeland, FL (6-foot-3, 230 lbs) (2015) (Tennessee commit)
How he fits at Texas: At his Florida high school, Cherry thrived at making the middle of the field a veritable hell for opposing players. He’s definitely quick enough to play LB in the Big 12, particularly in the middle, but he is able to snap his hips and stonewall runners in a way you don’t see often in this conference. You assume that his sudden power and quickness would translate on the blitz as well. His eye control and range in coverage is solid as well, fantastic take who’d bring an unwelcome amount of physicality to the conference. – IB
Coach Says: Ol’ Cecil isn’t the biggest linebacker you will come across, but don’t tell that to the running backs he is brutalizing. When this kid hits you, you will feel it the next day, he is a violent football player and loves putting a hurtin’ on the opposition, which is the MO for South Florida kids. He is pretty athletic, is on display as he plays running back and shows his ability to navigate passing lanes for interceptions.
How this affects Texas: If you pay attention to social media, you’d think Cherry, currently a Tennessee pledge, has already committed to Texas. He says he wants to wait until NSD. I feel as good about this one as any in 2015. He might also bring a few Floridians with him too. He fills a need spot in case UT strikes out with Malik. As soon as he loses some unneeded baby fat, sign me up. – JW