16 for 2016 - Ben Cleveland

Dawg Post gives its subscribers 16 prospects to keep up with in the 2016 recruiting cycle - Today: Stephens County OL Ben Cleveland

Dawg Post's 16 for 2016 is an early list of players who have already make a mark on the recruiting world.

Ben Cleveland
Offensive Lineman
Stephens County

Chad Simmons’s Quick Take: Cleveland already looks like an NFL lineman physically; Very strong and could project as a guard or tackle.

The Scoop: One of the top overall lineman in the country, Cleveland is large and in charge. He committed over the summer with good buddy Jacob Eason. Those two commitments jumpstarted Georgia’s 2016 class.

Cleveland is big, but raw. He’s going to have to develop at the next level - particularly if he’s going to play tackle. It looks like he’s a guard right now. Cleveland suffered a hand injury at the start of the season. That allowed the offensive line at Stephens County to form without him. He returned a bit later in the year and played on the defensive line.

In the game I saw him live (Stephens County at Monroe), Cleveland played on the defensive line and in some offensive line situations. He forced and recovered a fumble for the Indians and impressed me with his athleticism.

But, again, athleticism in the form of high school players is nothing like dealing with the likes of Jarvis Jones and company coming off the edge. It seems Cleveland is going to be a guard in the future - and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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