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Texas offers rising top-10 2018 WDE Jarell Cherry after UTL performance

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The ‘Horns are getting in early on a high-upside edge rusher.

Jarell Cherry
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A fifth offer as a result of the Under the Lights camp went out on Monday from the Texas Longhorns to Dallas Carter defensive end Jarell Cherry, who also attended the Texas satellite camp in the Metroplex last month:

The 6’3, 226-pounder is a Fox end prospect who currently holds offers from SMU and Texas Tech. Considered a consensus three-star prospect, Cherry is close to the four-star range and sits at No. 302 nationally, No. 8 among weakside defensive ends, and No. 45 in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Only the 18th 2018 recruit to land an offer from the ‘Horns, Cherry is the second defensive end to join that group, alongside Katy Taylor’s Max Wright, and the first weakside prospect.

Cherry burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2014, recording 45 tackles and seven sacks at linebacker before moving to defensive end last season.

Because the Carter product plays in an odd front in high school, he doesn’t have a chance to show off his speed from the edge much, but he was able to do so in the camp environment at Texas over the weekend. To play Fox end for the ‘Horns, Cherry simply needs to continue adding strength and refining his technique, which is rather raw at this point.

However, because he’s also a sprinter on the track teams and shows some physicality in his high school film, there’s some definite upside for him. It’s also unquestionably a positive that head coach Charlie Strong was one of the first to recognize it and extend and offer.