It looks like Texas freshman linebacker Cecil Cherry wants to leave the program, and just as fall camp is getting underway. Orangebloods.com was the first to report the possible defection.
#Longhorns are trying to convince LB Cecil Cherry to stay. He informed everybody yesterday he was leaving.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 11, 2015
Texas freshman LB Cecil Cherry considering transferring after only 3 practices, per @AnwarRichardson. First practice in full pads is today.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 11, 2015
The Longhorn staff may be trying to convince him to stay, but it may be too late. Cecil’s father told the Austin American-Statesman that his son requested the transfer paperwork on Monday, and that his son is planning on flying home to Florida on Saturday.
The news is a bit of a shock considering Cecil, a four-star recruit out of Lakeland, FL, appeared to be one of the Horns most committed recruits. After flipping from Tennessee, Cecil made it clear that he was going to be Longhorn as a member of the so-called ‘Florida Five’.
“We bonded together, had fun and talked together about making history and coming to Texas and taking over. We had fun as brothers and I believe the three or four years we spend together are going to be more fun. We want to bring our talents to Texas to take the program to the college playoff and play for a national championship.” Cecil told ESPN after his visit to Austin.
Sources have told Horns247 is appears that Cecil is homesick, but others have said it’s an issue of being buried on the depth chart. His father’s comments to the Statesman indicate it could be a bit of both though.
“I told Cecil this morning, wherever you try to go, this is going to have to be your home,”Winston Cherry told the Statesman.“No matter where he goes, I told him, ‘You’re going to have to sit out.’ What he has to understand whatever we choose at this point, it has to be someone that has your best interest at heart.
“We’re not saying Texas is not a bad school. But it’s not designed for his style of defense.”
The loss won’t hurt the Longhorns too much, as Cecil’s father acknowledged.
“I’m quite sure Texas isn’t hurt by this whatsoever,” Winston Cherry said. “They got Malik (Jefferson) and other ballplayers. That’s how I feel about it. It’s no offense against Texas. This thing about his dream, now you have to live your dream and you woke up.”
It’s not ideal, but it’s better that it happens now. For the fans the season is over in the blink of an eye, but for the players is a long and gruelling season that tests their mettle. Bailing after just three practices raises some red flags.
Some of the team has sounded off on Twitter about the news.
Get it together pimp! @cecil__cherry3
— kris. (@kris23db) August 11, 2015
It's this kind of stuff that makes the climb that much more sweet
— #SquareOne (@ScorealldayCW25) August 11, 2015
People gotta be made to survive the struggle. #real
— Malik Jefferson 4⃣6⃣ (@Official_MalikJ) August 11, 2015
There's no place for the weak nor the timid in this bare and desolate land.
— Connor Williams (@Connorwi1liams) August 11, 2015
Like I said this ain't for everybody ????
— Charles (@charless_94) August 11, 2015