Tyrie Cleveland’s decision is going to be a big one - stay home and help the University of Houston, stay in-state and attend TCU or jump into the best conference in college football and play at Arkansas or Florida.
Cleveland (6-3, 190), a Houston Westfield star and a four-star prospect and one of the nation’s top wide receivers, sized up the decision after visiting the Razorbacks officially this weekend.
“It was great coming down here again, hanging out with the guys, the players, talking with the coaches and building a relationship,” Cleveland said. “…I asked a lot of questions and they got answered.”
Cleveland, who caught 41 passes for 918 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, is keeping his choice close to the vest as national signing date is set to arrive on Feb. 3.
He also has officially Houston and TCU and has a visit to Florida scheduled for next weekend.
“On signing date, that is when I will make my final decision,” Cleveland said. “If it is another school, it’s just how it is. If it is Houston, it is Houston.”
The pull of Arkansas and Florida is the opportunity to go up against the nation’s players and teams.
“Just playing in the SEC,” Cleveland said. “It is the best conference to get you prepared and developed. The offensive scheme gets you better route running and gets you better for the next level.”
Arkansas’ emergence as a school willing to throw the football this season as new offensive coordinator Dan Enos and quarterback Brandon Allen put up record numbers did not go unnoticed.
“It helped them a lot,” Cleveland said. “…I asked them this spring if they were going to throw the ball and this past season Allen had 31 touchdowns and 3,500 yards so that answered my question.”
Cleveland, who visited Arkansas unofficially last July, enjoyed talking to Enos this weekend.
“It was just about offensive schemes, everything he do and how things work,” Cleveland said. “I came down this summer and he kind of told me what they were going to do and throughout the season he proved it. He kept his word.”
He was hosted by Arkansas wide receiver Keon Hatcher, who missed this season with an injury, but will return for the 2016 campaign.
“The first thing he said wasn’t about football, it was about the love of the people here,” Cleveland said. “Everybody takes care of each other. It is like a big family.”