Sacramento TE eyes summer trip to OSU

AUGUST ISN'T FAR away and in addition to fall camp, it's also a time Oregon State sees a number of prospects on campus on unofficial visits. One prospect from the Sacramento area planning on a trip to Corvallis later this summer has made a solid connection with the Beaver coaching staff.

Asante Cleveland (6-5, 235, 4.7) had hoped to come up for Oregon State's summer camp but ultimately wasn't able to make it. He has an offer from Washington State and among Pac-10 schools is hearing most from Oregon State, WSU and UCLA.

He plans on taking an unofficial visit to Oregon State sometime in August.

He's also made a connection with Beaver assistant Jay Locey.

"I like (WSU's Jody Sears), I've talked a lot to him and coach (Paul) Wulff," said Cleveland. "They're good guys.

"Mainly I've been talking to coach Sears the most, from Washington State. And then me and coach (Jay) Locey from Oregon State also connect pretty well."

AS A JUNIOR, the uber-athletic Cleveland was named Sierra Valley all-conference. He had 21 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns and showed good blocking skills at tight end.

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

IN ADDITION TO the Washington State full ride, Cleveland holds offers from Nevada and San Diego State.

Also a standout in the classroom, Cleveland is mostly being recruited primarily at tight end by most schools.

"They like my athleticism, and my ability to catch run. UNLV is recruiting me at d-end or maybe d-tackle," said Cleveland.

"I'm just looking for the best environment, the best opportunity to show my skills and talent, wherever that might be."

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