Spanaway OL talks to CF.C about WSU offer

OVER THE WEEKEND, in-state two-way lineman Ezra Cleveland took an unofficial visit out to Washington State. The 6-6, 280-pounder out of Bethel High in Spanaway toured the campus, had a great one-on-one with area recruiter Eric Mele and checked out the WSU scrimmage. But before any of that, while Cleveland was off campus, he got the news he was hoping for.

Before last Friday, Cleveland (pictured above) had one scholarship offer. Air Force was the lone school to throw a full ride his way.

That all changed over the weekend, though, with the Cougars offering him during an unofficial visit to the Palouse, he told Cougfan.com.

“They offered me on Friday,” Cleveland said. “I spoke with Coach Eric Mele and he was the one who offered. I was walking and we got outside and I called him. He answered his phone and he then let me know that they wanted to offer me a scholarship.

“I was touring the campus first and then later on he offered me. I think he just had to talk with some of the other coaches first... and then he relayed it to me.”

BEING HIS FIRST Pac-12 offer, the crimson tender is a special one, Cleveland said.

“It was pretty cool and I was waiting for it,” Cleveland said. “When I was messaging with Coach Mele on Twitter, he told me I was VIP. I was pretty excited when he let me know I had finally gotten it. This is only my second one.”

Although Cleveland was a two-way lineman for Bethel, the Cougar coaches like him on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think they’re shooting for me to play offensive tackle,” Cleveland said. “I’m 6-6, 280-pounds."

In addition to his WSU and Air Force offers, Cleveland said he’s also been hearing from Oregon, Idaho and Eastern Washington. Cleveland said Oregon could be close to offering, but the staff let him know they want to see him more in person first.

Cleveland added that he is unsure of when he’ll make his college decision and that he’s taking everything in stride right now. In 2014, Cleveland was voted First Team All-SPSL South as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman and earned Second Team All-Area o-line honors from the Tacoma News Tribune.

ELSEWHERE ON THE recruiting front, the Cougar coaches were pretty busy over the weekend. Here are some more recruiting nuggets for you.

• According to Scout.com’s Doug Kimmel, WSU extended a scholarship offer to Utah commit Kurtis Taufa. The Snow College outside linebacker checks in at 6-2, 230-pounds.

• WSU also extended an offer to Snow College four-star offensive tackle Garett Bolles. The 6-6, 295-pounder holds offers from WSU, BYU, Alabama, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State and many others.

• Out in Hawaii, WSU offered wide receiver Keoni-Kordell Makekau. WSU is the first offer for the 5-11, 170-pounder.


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