Crimson target from Cali pays WSU a visit

HE'S A VERSATILE tight end prospect with quicks and athleticism -- so much so he might at times even be flexed out to the slot at the next level. Up from California and with a Cougar offer already in his back pocket, he was out on the Palouse last week for an unofficial visit.

Asante Cleveland (6-5, 235, 4.7) out of the Sacramento area spent a couple days at Washington State this past week and said he was struck by the college town, family atmosphere in Pullman.

"I liked it a lot up there," said Cleveland. "I liked how everything was close together there, and I liked how everything is centered around the football team."

Cleveland said after talking with a number of Cougar players, including James Montgomery, Brandon Jones and Colin Huemmer, he came away with a good feeling on both the WSU program and the direction Wazzu is headed in.

"They liked it a lot up there," said Cleveland. "Brandon and James were Cal transfers and they said they liked it a lot better at Washington State than at Cal.

"I liked being able to talk to the players about how they liked the school. And I liked meeting with the coaches, meeting with coach (Paul) Wulff and coach (Todd) Sturdy."

WITH WULFF, CLEVELAND said their discussion centered on how the program is building things the right way.

"We talked about the program and the direction that he's taking it, they're making really (big) strides...and that they will return to glory soon," said Cleveland.

When it came time to talk shop with Sturdy, the Cougs' offensive coordinator, Cleveland said Washington State would be looking to use him in a variety of ways.

"He said they'd be able to use me as a true tight end down on the line, and then maybe also put me in the slot, motion me around and stuff like that," said Cleveland.

CLEVELAND, IN ADDITION to the offer from Washington State, holds full rides from Nevada and San Diego State with Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA all showing interest.

An official visit to Washington State is in the planning stages and he said he also wants to check out other schools further before making his decision. An unofficial trip to Oregon State is planned for sometime in August.

AS A JUNIOR, Cleveland was named Sierra Valley all-conference after a season where he posted 21 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns and showed good blocking skills.

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

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