Cherry turning heads as a senior

Lancaster (Pa.) McCaskey had trouble getting its offense going in the first four weeks of the season, not scoring over 20 points in a 1-3 start. On Friday against Hempfield, the offense went through senior wide receiver Diante Cherry, who finished the night with four touchdowns in a 44-30 win.

Cherry had four touchdowns on Friday night.

Cherry started the game at quarterback for the Red Tornado, scoring the game's first touchdown on a keeper. He then made the shift to wide receiver, where he hauled in touchdown catches for 72- and 20 yards and scored on a 75-yard scoring run.

"On offense we made a lot of progress at the start, so we just kept doing what we were doing and we had some more success," said Cherry. "They put me at wide receiver and gave me the ball and I made some plays. I don't know the specific stats, but I believe it was 105 receiving (yards) and 102 rushing."

Cherry still holds scholarship offers from Delaware, Fordham, Robert Morris and Towson. Recently two instate FBS programs have increased their interest levels.

"I'm still talking to Penn State and Temple and have started getting interest from other schools," said Cherry. "[Penn State coach John Butler] came in to our school with Coach London, the running backs coach, and they said that they liked my size and they wanted to recruit me as a receiver/returner/athlete. They know I can make plays, they just want to see if I can be consistent. They also want to see my composure and see what kind of character I have."

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Cherry is in the process of setting up an official visit to Delaware for the weekend, and hopes to visit Penn State later in the month. He was supposed to visit Happy Valley in September, but plans fell through.

Earlier this season, he took an official visit to Towson.

"It was good, I liked how they got a win and it was a big one against William and Mary," he said. "The coaching staff was great, the atmosphere was great and I liked it a lot. I tuned in against LSU, it was crazy."

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