Cougs eye uber-athlete from Sacramento

THE COUGAR PROGRAM under Paul Wulff has put a premium on recruiting athleticism. And in the '10 class, one who fits that bill hails from the Sacramento area and holds a Washington State offer.

Asante Cleveland (6-5, 235, 4.7) had hoped to come up for Washington State's summer camp but ultimately wasn't able to make it. Cougar assistant Jody Sears is running the recruiting point on Cleveland for Wazzu and has made a connection with the Christian Brothers High standout.

"I like him, I've talked a lot to him and coach Wulff," said Cleveland. "They're good guys.

"Mainly I've been talking to coach Sears the most, from Washington State. And then me and coach (Jay) Locey from Oregon State also connect pretty well."

AS A JUNIOR, the uber-athletic Cleveland was named Sierra Valley all-conference. He had 21 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns and showed good blocking skills at tight end.

Playing part-time on defense, he logged two sacks and a deflected pass at defensive end. A three sport athlete, he also stars on both hardcourt and track for Christian Brothers and has some pretty good bloodlines. His father, Allen, played football at Arizona State.

IN ADDITION TO the Washington State full ride, Cleveland holds offers from Nevada and San Diego State.

UCLA and Oregon State are the two other Pac-10 teams he's heard most from. He plans on taking an unofficial visit to Oregon State sometime in August.

Also a standout in the classroom, Cleveland is mostly being recruited primarily at tight end by most schools.

"They like my athleticism, and my ability to catch run," said Cleveland of WSU. "UNLV is recruiting me at d-end or maybe d-tackle."

"I'm just looking for the best environment, the best opportunity to show my skills and talent, wherever that might be."

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