As Bearcat football fans talk about recruits for next season, Jeff Cleveland's name is often discussed. Jeff is a 6' 1" 215 pound athlete from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. Despite playing tight end, receiver and defensive end last year for Wayne, Cleveland projects as a linebacker at the next level. Jeff expects to get the chance to play his natural position next season for the Warriors.
The last couple weeks have been busy for Cleveland. He was in Akron for the scout.com combine and then headed to Miami of Ohio before Bearcat Insider caught up with him at UC's camp. According to Jeff and other sources, Miami of Ohio has a great deal of interest in him although no offers have been made at this time.
In choosing a school, Jeff identified location as a major factor. He'd like to stay close to his Huber Heights home. If the Bearcats decide to aggressively recruit Jeff, they could have an advantage since Mike Mickens (2005 recruit) played with Jeff at Wayne last season.
Before Jeff can sign a letter of intent, he knows he has to take care of business in the classroom. "I still have some work to do. I have about a 2.3 GPA, and I got a 17 on the ACT, but I just took it again last week."
Jeff is hoping to impress the Bearcat football coaches this week at camp with his 4.4-4.5 speed and athleticism. Bearcat Insider will be on hand to report any developments.