On Tuesday night, Eastern (Voorhees, N.J.) athlete prospect Jahre Cheeseman decided to make it official…he was going to commit to Virginia Tech. Tech assistant coach Kevin Rogers made his way to Cheeseman’s house that evening, and it was during that visit that the 3-star prospect verbally committed to the Hokies.
How did it feel to make the final decision?
“There was a lot of relief,” Cheeseman said. “It was like a large weight off my shoulders.”
Cheeseman chose Tech over Penn State and recent interest from the University of Florida. What was it about Virginia Tech that put them over the top?
“Just the overall feel of Virginia Tech,” said Cheeseman, who spoke to Coach Beamer over the phone after informing Rogers of his decision. “I felt more comfortable there. It was the altogether feel of the program, the players and the community.
“I’m excited to be part of the program. It’s a great program and I hope to go far there.”
Cheeseman was considering waiting to announce a decision when Florida came into the picture in the past few weeks. But it was too late for the Gators to really have an impact.
“Had Florida come in earlier, I probably would have taken a visit,” Cheeseman said. “But I was ready to get this over with, and it turns out that Virginia Tech was the perfect place for me.”
At 5-9, 180-pounds, Cheeseman has been timed at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash. He played running back and cornerback the past two seasons for Eastern. Virginia Tech recruited him as an “athlete.”
“Early on, I think I’ll return punts and kicks,” Cheeseman said. “After that, I’m not sure if I’ll be on offense or defense. It’s up in the air right now. If I play offense, I think I’ll probably play running back. If it’s defense, I’d play cornerback.”
Off the field, Cheeseman is an extremely laid-back personality. What’s his demeanor like on the football field?
“It varies with the situation,” Cheeseman said with a laugh. “I usually focus on getting my business done. I’m not much of a talker.”
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