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February 5, 2013

Letter of intent No. 2: Bra'Lon Cherry



Bra'Lon Cherry
Wide receiver
New Bern (N.C.) High
5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Measurables: At a Shrine Bowl combine ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds and the shuttle in 4.19 seconds … Had a 37.5-inch vertical leap and did 15 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.

Stats: Offensively caught 39 passes for 795 yards and nine touchdowns and ran 15 times for 185 yards and two scores … Defensively had 46 tackles (29 of them solo), four interceptions (two of which he returned for scores), 24 pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … On special teams returned 10 kicks for an average of 43.5 yards and six punts for an average of 22.8 yards.

Ratings: Given three stars by Rivals.com … Listed by National Underclassmen as the No. 35 recruit from the state … Rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com … Regarded as the a two-star recruit, the No. 276 wide receiver in the country and No. 57 player in the state by 24/7 Sports … Ranked three stars, the No. 138 wide out nationally and No. 40 recruit in North Carolina by ESPN.

Honors/accomplishments: Helped New Bern to an undefeated 15-0 season and state 4-A title … Had 145 total yards (89 receiving, 56 rushing), a touchdown, four tackles and a forced fumble in the state championship game win … Named first-team 4-A all-state by both Carolina Preps and NC Preps as a senior, and was also selected by the latter first team all-state for all classifications … Picked for first-team all-Mideastern Conference as a junior and senior … Posted the second best SPARQ score, a measure of overall athleticism, among over 1,300 participants at the Charlotte Nike Football Combine in April.

Recruitment: Cherry flew under the radar through the spring despite some impressive combine numbers. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds at NCSU's summer camp June and received an offer from the Pack June 25, which he immediately accepted. Cherry enrolled early.

Recruiter of record: Former special teams coordinator Jerry Petercuskie.

2013 projection: Cherry is a speedster that could be a candidate to get on the field on special teams in addition to receiver, which is where he was recruited to play even though he also has experience playing corner. He also has the added benefit of enrolling early, which will give him a head start on the other wide outs in the class that will vie for early playing time.






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