A product of Oak Ridge (NC) Military Academy and Contra Costa (Calif.) Community College, the 6-6 270-pound Cherry originally committed to Arizona State in December 2012.
Cherry had been a Washington State commit prior to enrolling at Contra Costa College. He chose Todd Graham’s Sun Devils over Iowa State, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State and Purdue, among others.
According to Cherry’s coach at Contra Costa, Alonzo Carter, Cherry is a physical and versatile athlete who can play anywhere on the defensive line. His skills are well suited to the three-technique and five-technique, and he can even play nose tackle at his size.
Cherry posted 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss last season for Contra Costa.
With its 62-26 defeat of the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Arizona State closed last year’s football season on a successful note. Under the hand of first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils achieved an 8-5 record, won their first bowl game since 2005, and most importantly, set the stage for further achievements in the coming years.
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