Worth the Cold for Cleveland

2016 offensive tackle Ben Cleveland hasn’t missed a Georgia home game this season.

Ben Cleveland, the fourth-ranked offensive tackle and Georgia commit, doesn’t plan on missing any games this season either. With two home games to go in Athens, the 2016 prospect out of Stephens County plans on going seven-for-seven on the year. Cleveland just likes being in Athens with both fellow commits and Georgia coaches alike.

“Just the relationships I’ve built with them,” Cleveland said. “I think that’s probably my favorite part of being down there.”

Cleveland was just one of many fans who withstood the blistering conditions of Georgia’s win over Auburn in Sanford Stadium Saturday night. All in all, the junior out of Toccoa, Ga. said the game warranted the trip.

“I think the outcome of the game was well worth it being a little bit cold,” Cleveland said. “I talked to a couple of good recruits and people who are already committed so it was a good visit.”

Cleveland also got a chance to watch his potential future teammates block for Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb, which showed him what his college career could have in store.

“Just me playing offensive line and their offensive line was very good in their run blocking and pass protection so that really helped reassure me on that,” Cleveland said.

Along with recruits, Cleveland said he had a chance to speak with offensive line coach Will Friend, but not for the length of time he’s accustomed to. With eight players taking their official visits to Athens over the weekend, Friend was swamped. Cleveland will more than likely speak with Friend this week, though, as they usually do. Among the topics of conversation will likely be Stephens County’s second-round state playoff matchup with West Laurens in Dexter, Ga. on Friday night.

“We try to talk about once a week, just about every Wednesday,” Cleveland said. “It’s just about how my season is going and what kind of improvements I’m trying to make and how the team is doing and stuff like that.”

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