Cleveland talks Navy offer

The Union army scored a decisive victory during the Civil War at the site of Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, Tenn. The school came along in 1889 and is now recognized as one of the top prep schools in the Nashville area. Athlete Ronald Cleveland spoke to on how his recruiting is unfolding.

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Navy began recruiting Ronald Cleveland, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete, in June.It was the third offer he received after Austin Peay State and Air Force.

"It's going great," Cleveland said. "I went to camps [this summer] at Ole Miss, Memphis, and Western Kentucky. I love playing the slot and didn't drop any balls. I got some really good feedback, especially from Coach Cornelsen at Memphis. I have three great offers, but I'm going to wait to commit until January if any schools are thinking about offering me.

"Right at the end of the school year, Navy offered me. "Coach Ingram was who offered me. He told me the head coach saw my film and liked what I did with the ball in my hands. They offered at running back, but said they know I can play wide receiver and cornerback too. He asked if I wanted to play offensive or defense and I told him it didn't really matter to me, I just love to play.

"I was really happy to get the Navy offer. I like how they've been so consistent with winning over the last ten years. It's a stable coaching staff. I know what to expect with Navy. I also like that I'd be playing with tough, disciplined people. I know a couple of people who go there. I know Amos Mason and Keenan Reynolds. They're friends of mine. I just think it's awesome that Navy would consider me and have me be a priority out of the top players out there. I keep in touch with Coach Ingram. He'll check up one me every couple of weeks."

Cleveland was Offensive MVP of his district in 2013 for the Battle Ground Academy Wildcats. He rushed for more than 700 yards while also lining up at slot receiver and in the secondary. He doesn't believe future position will play a big role in where he decides to attend college.

"My mom went to the University of Michigan and then finished up at Austin Peay," he explained. "It's kind of ironic that I get my first offer from Austin Peay because we're originally from Clarksville. A winning football tradition and great academics are what I'm looking for. Academics are a big thing with me, especially coming out of Battle Ground. Proximity to home is important, but not a huge factor. Just be able to go somewhere and play will make me happy."

Cleveland says teammate Rieves Berry, a safety, has also been shown heavy recruiting interest from Navy. At BGA, Cleveland also plays basketball and runs track. Top Stories