Myles Cheatum has a pretty good idea of what he’s looking for when it comes to a college where he can continue his football career. The Cedar Park defensive end wants to find a school where he can major in business that is also located near the big-city environment he finds intriguing.
The fact that UNT, which is just a short drive from Dallas and all it has to offer, fits both criteria could bode well in its efforts to sign the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior.
“It’s the Dallas area,” Cheatum said of perhaps the biggest draw when it comes to UNT. “I want to go to school somewhere in a city. I like being around a place with a lot of things to do outside of football like concerts and restaurants. I could see myself living there someday.”
UNT offered Cheatum about two weeks ago. Louisiana Tech, Texas State and Fresno State have also offered.
Most of those schools, including UNT, are recruiting Cheatum as a defensive end. Others project him as a tight end.
Cheatum was a first-team All-District 25-4A selection as a defensive end as a junior. Here are some of his highlights from YouTube.
“I don’t really have a preference,” Cheatum said of playing defensive end or tight end. “It’s just how I fit into each school’s system as far as where they see me playing.”
Offensive coordinator Mike Canales is recruiting Cheatum, who is still in the early stages of sorting out his options.
“I like all the schools that have offered me so far,” Cheatum said. “They are all even. I have talked to a few about visiting.”
Cheatum will likely make a decision after taking those visits and playing his senior season.
“I’m going to make a decision after football season,” Cheatum said. “I want to allow myself a maximum amount of time to look at everything.”
UNT has put itself in a good position with Cheatum early in the process, when he has gotten to know a little about UNT and developed a rapport with Canales.
“Coach Canales seems like a really cool guy and seems really smart,” Cheatum said. “I like what UNT has to offer.”
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OL Ken Marks, Beaumont Central
OL Rowdy Clark, Denton
OL Judd Terry, Denton
CB Jerbrell Lipscomb, Navasota
LB Diamon Cannon, Killeen Shoemaker
DE Sam Miller, Canton
WR Jarvis Baxter, Trinity Valley JC
DT Motekiai Maile, Tyler JC
CB Taylor Robinson, Keller Central
OL Joseph Gonzales, Waco
OL Matt Hiter, Argyle
LB Jordan Williams, Paris
OL Erik McCoy, Lufkin
OL Riley Daniel, Ringling, Okla.
DL RD Wegmann, Wichita Falls Rider
OL Evan Curl, Flower Mound
ATH Keith Washington, Brazoswood
OL Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Okla.)High
LB Angelo Garbutt, Lewisville Hebron
LB Clay Holford, Lewisville Hebron
ATH Billy McCrary, Leander Rouse ——————- Committed to SMU
QB Chris Riddle, University Christian, Jacksonville, Fla.
CB Nafees Lyon, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
DL Carl Thompson, Guyer
OL Beau Hott, Plano
WR Akile Davis, DeSoto
ATH Jonathan Giles, Fort Bend Elkins ———— Committed to Texas Tech
OL Clayton Woods, Highland Park
DL Keenan Kelly, Cedar Grove, Ga.