Ezra Cleveland Finds Home On Boise's Blue

Tall, lanky offensive linemen with as much athleticism and upside as Bethel High School's Ezra Cleveland are hard to come by. So are open scholarship opportunities at that particular position at Boise State. And when mutual interest between the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Cleveland and the Broncos began to grow, both sides jumped at the opportunity.

Ezra Cleveland committed to Boise State Tuesday night, spurning offers from a pair of Pac-12 schools and a number of other universities in order to secure his spot as a Bronco.

"They had an O-line commitment the other day and there are only two open spots," Cleveland said. "I really like Boise State and I was talking to Coach (Scott) Huff Tuesday night about it. I decided to commit."

Cleveland held offers from Oregon State, Washington State, Utah State, Nevada, Air Force, Hawaii, Portland State, Eastern Washington, Montana and Montana State, but ultimately decided on the Broncos because of the culture and camaraderie he felt while visiting campus in early June.

"I liked the how the campus was set up, first of all," he said. "I liked the offensive line coach a lot. We meshed well together. The players were really respectful as well. I met Marcus Henry while I was there and some other players."

Cleveland plays both sides of the ball at Bethel and is a highly-regarded defensive lineman in addition to his offensive abilities. But his decision to commit to Boise State had nothing to do with his projected position.

"I love the sport of football and either side is perfectly fine with me," he said. "For me it was more about the team and the school and how much I like the campus than what position I was playing."

The Broncos are getting an athlete that fits the mold of what Boise State wants in its linemen; athleticism and a blue-collar mentality.

"I'll bring hard work and dedication to the team," Cleveland said. "Not that they don't already. But I'm a quick offensive tackle with long arms, a lot of leverage and quick feet."

Since his pledge to Boise State, Cleveland has already heard from Oregon and TCU. But he remains committed to the Broncos and plans on being in the stadium for the team's home opener against Washington in September.

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