With the signing of Jarell Cherry, LSU put one of its biggest catches of the early signing period on the roster for next season.

The four-star defensive end out of Dallas was the Tigers' highest rated commitment since giving his intentions to join the program back in April following an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge. Cherry was also on campus in October for the Auburn game in which LSU erased a 20-point deficit to defeat its division rival.

Cherry is projected to shift to the B-linebacker position in the wake of the Arden Key's expected departure for the NFL following the end of the season.

Cherry was recruited by coach Dennis Johnson. Johnson was the outside linebackers coach for the Tigers before defensive line coach Pete Jenkins announced his retirement last month, prompting Johnson to take his place.

Cherry spurned offers from 19 different schools in favor of LSU, including Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M, among others. Cherry never wavered from his commitment to the Tigers.


Name: Jarell Cherry

Position: Weakside Defensive End

Measurables: 6-foot-3, 224 pounds

High School: Carter

Hometown: Dallas

Committed: April 01, 2017

247Sports Position Rank: 12

247 Composite rating: 4 stars

At a Glance:

Cherry was the highest-rated commitment for LSU heading into the early signing day as 247Sports’ 190th overall player in the class. Cherry gave his intention to sign with the Tigers in April and never changed his mind despite offers from 19 different schools. He’s projected to shift to B-linebacker following the expected departure of Arden Key at the end of the season.

What They’re Saying

“A dominant pass rusher. A guy that will really fill in the outside linebacker that we’ve seen Arden Key and K’Lavon Chaisson and those guys play in. This was a big win for LSU in the Lone Star State because he was coveted by everybody and shut it down for LSU pretty early.” - 247Sports recruiting analyst Shea Dixon

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