Class of 2025 offensive lineman Blake Cherry visited Arkansas for the first time on Jan. 20 for a Junior Day and received an offer before leaving Fayetteville.
Cherry, 6-6 and 280, of Owasso, Okla., had offers from Kansas State, TCU, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas Tech and others before adding one from the Hogs.
Coach Sam Pittman and offensive line coach Eric Mateos and staff impressed during his trip to Fayetteville.
“What I took away from the visit, the Arkansas coaching staff is very genuine,” Cherry said after the visit. “When it comes to the program...they care about the people they recruit. Also, I took notice to how much effort they put toward academics such as the Jones Center.
“I really enjoyed myself today getting to spend time with Coach Mateos and Coach Pittman, getting to know them better and finding out what they are building at Arkansas.”
On3. com rates him a 3-star recruit and the No. 44 interior offensive lineman in the nation in his class. He said after his Jan. 20 trip to Arkansas, he planned to make a return visit.
Nickname: most people just call me Cherry
Favorite thing about playing O-line: getting to manhandle someone
Coach Eric Mateos is: extremely funny
Football has taught me: to never give up
My funniest football moment: I had one of my guards fall between me and the guy I was blocking which caused all three of us fall
Playlist before a game: some of metro boomin songs
My favorite TV show: Reacher
If I won the lottery, my first purchases would be: A 1972 Dodge Challenger
My favorite influencer is: don’t have one
Where would you like to time travel: back to the past or to the future and why: my sophomore year in the semifinals I played in a six overtime game and after winning that game it was just a happy memory for me
Two things that really irritate me: cheering loudly, walking too slow
If you could meet a famous person, who would it be: Trent Williams
My favorite holiday and why: 4th of July, America and fireworks
My hidden talent is: hunting
Your favorite fast food chain and why: Canes cause I love the chicken they have
I will never ever eat: sushi
My favorite food buffet is: Panda Express
Who is your all-time celebrity crush: The girl that plays Donna from suits
What sport is the most boring watch: baseball
Nothing makes me laugh more than: The guys on my football team
I miss my: grandpa
The one foreign country I would like to visit: Canada
I’m terrified of: snakes
Love or hate horror movies and why: love them, just like the adrenaline rush
Do you think aliens exist: yes
Best advice I’ve received: there’s always more to learn
Role model and why: my dad because of all the hard work he does
People would be surprised that I: read books