"When I moved here and registered for school, my guidance counselor introduced me to the head football coach because I was big," said Cherilus. "They talked me into coming out and playing. They told me that I could be good."
Cherlius played for Somerville High School in Massachusetts. He took to the game very quickly but again, it was his coaches that had to convince him that there was a future in football for him.
"At the time, I was working and going to school. I was working a lot, trying to save money to pay for college. My coach told me that he thought I could be good enough to play college football but I needed to be more dedicated. So eventually, I cut back on the work and then quit altogether. At first, I thought they were lying to me. I made the sacrifice and it has paid off. I can not tell you how happy I am. I love this game. My life is becoming a dream."
Cherlius, 6-7 and 280 pounds, plays offensive and defensive tackle tackle. At the next level, he will play offense.
"I can block anyone. I am strong, quick and I have long arms. This summer, I camped at Miami, Boston College, Iowa, Indiana, Notre Dame and Michigan State. I proved myself at these camps and it did a lot for my confidence."
Cherilus was recently named the top offensive tackle in the Northeast region, and will receive an excellent education at Boston College for free. His dream has come true.