A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile an incoming freshman wide receiver who spent a year at Fork Union.
Tyrek Cheeseboro, Freshman, Wide Receiver
Ratings: Three stars by Rivals; three stars, #138 wide receiver by Scout; three stars, #143 wide receiver by ESPN
40-yard dash time: 4.35
High School Stats (Senior Year): 30 receptions for 523 yards and six touchdowns, two kickoff returns for touchdowns, 64 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles
High School Stats (Junior Year): 38 passes for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns
High School: Milford Mill Academy (Baltimore, Md.)
How’d He Get To College Park?
One of the top wide receivers in the state of Maryland in 2009, Tyrek Cheeseboro was an all-state selection who ended up playing in the Crab Bowl. He was recruited to Maryland by James Franklin, and chose the Terps over offers from Pittsburgh and West Virginia, among others.
After a fantastic junior season and a good senior campaign (although he struggled at times with a new quarterback), Cheeseboro ended up at Fork Union for a year, moving to Maryland’s 2010 class instead of 2009. At Union, he was teammates with Nate Clarke, another high profile member of Maryland’s 2009/10 classes.
Cheeseboro enrolled at Maryland for last spring’s semester and practiced with the team during spring practice.
More after the jump.
Tyrek “The Cheese” Cheeseboro
Averaging over 20 yards per catch in his junior season.
Having to play at Fork Union.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
Types of cheese:
2. Mexican blend
Cheeseboro becomes the only true freshman wideout to receive playing time, showing his speed and posting at least three 20-yard catches.
When Maryland’s old coaching staff recruited Tyrek Cheeseboro to College Park, there was talk of comparison to Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Cheeseboro’s high school coach told the media that’s the role the coaches wanted to use him in. He is currently listed as the third-stringer at WR-Z, behind Tony Logan and starter Quintin McRee but in front of Marcus Leak.
Cheeseboro brings a whole ton of speed to the equation for Maryland. He’s measured out at 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, and his highlight tape is quite impressive in that respect.
Cheeseboro has the best chance of any of the true freshmen wide receivers of playing this year. Marcus Leak is currently behind him on the depth chart, and Nigel King was ruled ineligible for this season, so the Cheese wins by default.
In all honesty, we think he stands a very good chance of playing this year. Tony Logan has always struggled with every facet of the game that doesn’t involve punt returning (luckily, he’s arguably the best punt returner in the nation), and that leaves Cheeseboro as the backup to the largely unproven Quintin McRee (although that seems to suggest that there is a wide receiver on Maryland’s roster who is proven). He’s had an entire extra semester to get acclimated into Maryland’s offense, and the coaches are just as familiar with him as they are with anyway. We’ll see if they decide to implement his speed into the game this year or if he sits out an saves a year of eligibility.
Our next player was recently awarded a scholarship.