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Class of 2018 forward Taeshon Cherry sets upcoming visits

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Krysten Peek

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Four-star Taeshon Cherry recently decommitted from USC and has since heard from a handful of schools including Texas A&M, Arizona State, UCLA, Illinois and more. The 6-foot-9 small forward is now a priority target for the 2018 class and after scoring 32 points in a 73-49 win over Weschester at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, it's easy to see why. He's improved his pick-and-pop game since the summer and his confidence behind the arc has improved.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

Cherry plans on taking all four of his remaining official visits and already has two scheduled, Texas A&M and Arizona State.

TEXAS A&M: "My Texas A&M visit is soon I think. In the next couple of weeks. With that visit I’m just looking for a feel for the coaches and just a closer look at everything. I’ve been there once for an unofficial so I just want to check it out again."

ARIZONA STATE: "With Arizona State, they’re a new offer so I just want to get to know the coaching staff a little bit better. I played against Remy (Martin) last year during high school ball and I have a lot of respect for him, he has a lot of respect for me, so I feel like we know each other’s game well."

UCLA: "David Grace and Steve Alford hit me up after my decommitment, and me and Jaylen (Hands) have been texting back and forth a little bit. UCLA is so close to home so it would be easy for me to get up there for a visit whether that’s an official visit or unofficial visit."

ILLINOIS: "I want to hopefully check out Illinois because of Ayo Dosunmu and we know each other well from summer ball. He’s a great point guard."

VANDERBILT: "I like Vanderbilt a lot because of Darius (Garland) and Simi (Shittu), and they both texted me the day I decommitted and were talking to me about Vandy."

WHAT'S NEXT? 

Cherry is focused on his high school season now and his dad is handling most of his recruitment as new schools get in contact.

"I’ve had about 15 or 16 different schools call my dad and he’s taking care of the recruiting process right now. I’m just focusing on the high school season and he’s helping out with everything on the recruiting end," Cherry told Rivals.com.

Cherry also said that he plans on signing during the late signing period after he takes all his visits.

RIVALS' REACTION

Texas A&M was a school that was in early on his recruitment prior to his USC commitment so it might have the slight edge here. I wouldn't count out the other Pac-12 schools, UCLA and Arizona State, since they are close to home and his style of play fits well with both teams. Either way, it looks like this will go the distance and Cherry will take his time with his final decision.