Knights Aiming at Another DT?

Knights Aiming at Another DT?

UCF has already added two defensive tackles to the 2010 recruiting class and could be looking to add a third.

UCF knows that losing Torrell Troup and Travis Timmons to graduation will undoubtedly leave a big hole in the middle of the defense next season. The two-year starters have been primary reasons for the Knights' third-ranked run defense and it won't be easy to replace them.

With that in mind, the Knights have made the position a priority for their 2010 recruiting class. So far, UCF has landed verbals from local products Andrew Rice and E.J. Dunston and the Knights are also looking at some tackles from the JUCO ranks. The team might have another option out there as well in another relatively local prospect.

The Knights have turned their sights on Demetrius Cherry, a 6'5", 240 lb. end/tackle prospect from Frostproof Middle H.S. (Frostproof, Fla.) and there's a chance that if they offer him, he'll commit.

"Yes, I would give UCF a good look," Cherry told InsideKnights.com "It's close to home and it's a nice football program."

Cherry visited UCF this spring during Junior Day and he was extremely impressed.

"Wow, I like the campus. I checked it out on Junior Day in March. It's pretty good, I love how things go over there. I love the campus, that's a nice school."

So far, Cherry has one offer, from FIU, but schools are starting to take notice of him after a huge season, in which Cherry had 92 tackles. That total is impressive when you consider his stature but Cherry knows that his size is what has made him great.

"I love defense and I think I might move down to defensive tackle in college because of my size, but I got speed for my size, I think being big and quick are my strengths."

Although Cherry had a great season, his team went 6-5 and missed out on the playoffs after falling to Jones in a tiebreaker two weeks ago.

"It was okay. I'm glad I learned a good lesson; that anything can happen. But now I'm looking forward to college football and I'm going to work harder and play harder."

Cherry is holding off from committing to see if the Knights or other regional teams offer him. He said he liked UCF's location but wouldn't be opposed to going out of state and that he'd entertain an out of state to visit to see what other areas are like.

With a 2.3 core GPA, Cherry's grades are fine and his stock might rise after his ACT scores come in. Cherry just took the test a few weeks ago, so it might be a while until programs see how he did.

If everything checks out with Cherry, the Knights might be inclined to offer him. The team is searching for another tackle to complete the class and Cherry might have the potential that the team is searching for.

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