Recruiting older players through the transfer portal and JUCO ranks has become more widespread and in larger quantities across every school in the country. One of the top early 2023 JUCO prospects is three-star CB Micah Cherry out of Pearl River CC with Virginia Tech among those involved.
Cherry had this to say about the interest he's receiving from the Hokies.
"I’d say I’ve received a recurring amount of interest from the college," Cherry said. "We’ve been on and off but I’m in kahoots with a lot of the staff. I’ve gained some follows and conversations here and there," Cherry said.
CBs coach Derek Jones has led Virginia Tech's interest in Cherry to date with the 6'3'' cornerback having this to say about his relationship with Jones.
"I mean I personally like the man and I hope it’s the same way back. Every time we chat with one another, it’s always been positives vibes and he makes it easy to communicate and converse with him," Cherry said.
Defensive coordinator Chris Marve has also started talking with Cherry in what may be a sign of increasing interest from the Hokies.
Cherry has a solid list of offers so far including Southern Miss, Toledo, South Alabama, Jacksonville State, UL Monroe, Eastern Kentucky, Southern, and Austin Peay. However, the Hokies aren't the only Power 5 program showing interest in him as Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Washington State, and Kansas are also showing interest in Cherry.
This shouldn't come as a surprise after Cherry showed loads of promise last season as he told us that he only allowed 1 completion while working as the starting slot CB at Pearl River while also having multiple tackles for loss. He had this to say about how he would describe the strengths of his game.
"Well I would say my God-given ability with me being 6’3, my speed being in the high 4.3’s, my technique which I’ve developed over the offseason, and my 'get the job done attitude' all play a big part in my strengths," Cherry said.
As the 2023 class gets close to being full on the high school side of things, the focus will shift more to the JUCO ranks and the transfer portal with Micah Cherry being a player to keep an eye on.