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Cheeseboro turns in breakout junior season

Updated: March 11, 2009, 10:43 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

It took a couple of years longer than Milford Mill head coach Reggie White expected, but junior Tyrek Cheeseboro turned in a breakout season in 2008.

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Mike Loveday for ESPN RISE Tyrek Cheeseboro alreday holds a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland.
As a sophomore, Cheeseboro (now 6-foot, 175 pounds) was considered the No. 3 receiver, with two juniors ahead of him on the depth chart. Those same two receivers returned as seniors, but Cheeseboro's hard work resulted in a season in which he made 38 receptions for 776 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"We never had a need to bring a freshman up for wide receiver. When we saw this kid move -- from his stop to his go was so smooth -- we were like, he has to come with us," White said of Cheeseboro's early promotion to varsity. "We knew this day was going to come when he was going to be a good one."

Cheeseboro spent the 2008 offseason working with quarterback Kevin Fulton instead of running track, which he did his freshman and sophomore years.

"He was always our speed guy and go-to guy," White said. "He learned his routes and he learned to control that speed -- he got it down to a science this year, and we connected with a lot of home runs this year."

White expects opposing defenses to key on Cheeseboro in 2009, limiting the opportunities for the deep ball.

"We'll probably see a lot of Cover 3 next season. … We won't sneak up on them anymore. They know he's got that speed," White said.

Cheeseboro will also have the challenge of a new starting quarterback, with Fulton graduating and moving on to North Carolina A&T.

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To counter the defensive game plan, White plans to get Cheeseboro open on more screens and over the middle passes next season. The junior may also take some direct snaps from center.

The University of Maryland has already made an official offer to the junior, and, according to White, South Carolina, Virginia, UConn and New Mexico have all expressed interest.

Cheeseboro was announced as a member of the Baltimore Touchdown Club's Super 22 team and is expected to attend the Nike Baltimore Combine on March 28 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The Super 22 team consists of 70 of the Baltimore area's top junior football prospects entering their senior year.

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Mike Loveday covers high school sports for ESPNRISE.com. Mike can be reached at Michael.Loveday@espn.com