Cherrington working to get offers

Dewayne Cherrington

At the U.S. Army National Combine in Texas earlier this year, Central Gwinnett defensive lineman Dewayne Cherrington did not just practice well.

"I dominated basically," he said. "I made some of the top recruits look like idiots" in one-on-one drills.

He said those running the combine took notice. By the end, he was called to take a photo with the top 30 performers from the workout.

"They didn't expect me to be top 30… one of the best," he said.

Still, he does not have any offers. Earlier this year, he said schools were waiting to see if his grades improve and if he will qualify.

While schools wait, they continue to show interest — he has gotten lots of letters including from Georgia and Alabama has shown the most interest. He went to a Tide game last year and has already been invited back.

And he continues to get stronger and in better shape.

His weight is now at 360 pounds and he hopes to have it down to between 315 and 340. His 40 has already dropped to 5.2 seconds and his bench press is up to 460 pounds.

"All I've been doing is running and lifting," he said of his off-season routine.

As Cherrington works, he said he hopes his new head coach is also working, helping to get his name out. One place he is hopeful about is Georgia.

"I really do want to stay in-state," he said.

So when will his offers and decision come? He doesn't know.

"I am just waiting to see how the season goes and get faster and stronger," Cherrington said.

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