One of the top two way players in the West region next year will be Bakersfield's (Calif.) Justin Cheadle. The talented lineman has the ability to play on either side of the ball and projects equally well as an offensive guard or defensive tackle.
Cheadle, 6-3, 270 pounds is the top player on one of the nation's best football programs. Bakersfield was just ranked the No. 40 team in the nation in the just released Student Sports Fab 50 and Cheadle is a big reason why.
Known primarily as an offensive line prospect earlier in the Spring, Cheadle impressed everyone working out with the defensive linemen at the NIKE Camp at Stanford back in May. The lineman looked very good in the position drills and then dominated during the one on one drills.
Cheadle has a nice frame, long arms and shows good quickness getting off the ball. He plays faster than how he tested at NIKE and looks like the kind of athlete who could be a three year starter at the college level.
On the recruiting front, Cheadle has a host of offers and a solid top five right now.
"Stanford, USC, Cal, Arizona and Arizona State are my favorites right now," Cheadle said. "I camped at USC and also went to their Junior Day. I also went to Stanford's Junior Day, which was the day after the NIKE Camp and really liked it there too. That's actually when they offered me and they're recruiting me very hard right now.
"We have double days coming up pretty soon but I'm going to take an unofficial visit to Cal next week before practice gets going again. This will be my first time in Berkeley and I'm excited to check things out. I've heard a lot of good things about the school and I'm looking forward to meeting the coaches. I don't know if I'll have time to visit the Arizona schools but I would look to check out both Arizona and ASU at some point in the process."
All but USC has offered Cheadle among his top five. The lineman is carrying a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1420 on the SAT which he plans to retake in October.