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2017 Ohio Football Recruiting: 3-star ATH Willie Cherry commits to the Bobcats

Ohio received a major boost to its 2017 recruiting class earlier this week.

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While success on the field does not necessarily translate over into the recruiting trail, Ohio looks to be doing just that. The Bobcats are slated to take on Western Michigan in the MAC Championship game next Friday, however they received a pleasant surprise in the meantime. A commitment from 3-star athlete Willie Cherry.

Cherry chose the Bobcats over reported offers from Mississippi State, New Mexico State, and North Texas.

He currently attends Rider high school located in Wichita Falls, Texas. Despite playing quarterback in high school, it will be interesting to see what position Cherry winds up playing at the next level. He has some experience playing wide receiver for Rider as that could be a more natural fit for him in college. Considering how athletic Cherry is, it is easy to see him being an ideal fit in the Bobcats’ offense.

Off the field, Cherry has been through a lot for just being a senior in high school. The road to choosing a college has not been an easy one for Cherry as he lost his mother to stage IV colon cancer as a junior. The day after her death, he rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns including a game-winner. For someone to persevere through adversity that most high school students have yet to experience is a testament to his attitude and work ethic. Few will ever question his work ethic or his impact on his teammates. Just read about what his coach and teammate had to say about him in this Bleacher Report article.

Check out Cherry’s highlights courtesy of Hudl: