Texas LB Likes UM's Tradition

One of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Texas, this talented athlete said Miami is among his current favorites. He talks about why he likes the Hurricanes and more in this interview.

There weren't many linebackers in the state of Texas that had the type of season that Austin (Johnson) standout Avery Cleveland had last year.

At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Cleveland finished the season with 106 tackles, four sacks, and four pass break-ups. He doubled as a fullback on offense. As a freshman, Cleveland also played wide receiver.

Cleveland, who ran a 4.60 and jumped 30 inches at this year's NIKE Camp, also competes in basketball (power forward) and track. He threw the shot put 45 feet and the discus 160 as a junior. Inside the classroom, he carries a 3.2 core GPA with an 800 SAT score, which he plans on re-taking in September.

"I talked to Colorado, Miami, Missouri, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Arkansas, Penn State, and some others on the phone in May," he said. "Missouri, Colorado, Arkansas, Baylor, and Iowa State have even sent me scholarship offers through the mail."

The standout linebacker said he's focusing on just five schools right now. "The schools I like are Colorado, Miami, Georgia Tech, A&M, and Nebraska," he said. "I live about 15 minutes from UT, but I told them I'm trying to get away from home and that I'm not interested in going there."

The talented linebacker talked about the Hurricanes.

"They are on me pretty good," he said. "They said I have a good chance of getting offered but they want to watch my first few games this season. I like Miami a lot, they've always been pretty good and they always seem to have a good linebacker crew."

Cleveland, whose father and some uncles played college football, said his biggest goal this season is to improve. "Basically, I want to do better than I did last season," he said.

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