"When it comes to jobs and making money, Air Force seems to be the easiest route. My mom felt like Air Force was a good fit, in terms of this economy, retiring early, having security in the long run, and having fun at what I do. I feel like myself and my kids will be set. If it wasn't Air Force, it would have been SMU, but I couldn't pass up being set for life."
Cheeks' phone call to the Air Force staff resulted in an impromptu celebration.
"I could hear all of their coaches shouting in the background after I told the head coach (Troy Calhoun)," said Cheeks. "I'm going to take my official visit in January. Friendswood running back Johnathan Johnson is also committed to Air Force, and we exchange texts frequently. I'm probably going to watch his scrimmage this week. We're in the same district with Friendwood, and it's usually a close game when we play."
Manvel, which posted an 11-3 mark in 2010, takes on Friendswood in mid-October. Last year, Cheeks and the Mavericks were edged by Friendswood in a 41-37 shootout.