Uber-athlete on WSU official visit list

THE OFFICIAL VISITOR list for Washington State's season opener this weekend continues to grow. Athleticism is a core emphasis of Paul Wulff's recruiting philosophy and one 235-pounder from California will be bringing his to Wazzu this weekend. It won't be his first time on the Palouse.

Asante Cleveland (6-5, 235, 4.7) out of Sacramento's Christian Brothers High will be out on the Palouse this weekend to watch Washington State kick off their 2009 campaign.

"I'm going up there for their first game against Stanford," said Cleveland. "I'm interested to see what strides have been made and how the team has turned around.

"Mainly, though, I'm going up to see campus life and how it is when school is in and when football season is going on."

CLEVELAND HOLDS OFFERS from Washington State, Nevada and San Diego State with UCLA, Oregon and other Pac-10 schools showing varying shades of contact and interest.

Cleveland said a decision in the near future is possible but he's still thinking about leaving the door open beyond that.

"Even after I do commit, I (think) I'll still have an open mind. If a school wants to offer me an official visit and they'll let me go down there and see how it is, I'll be happy to take it," said Cleveland.

IT WON'T BE the first time to Pullman for Cleveland, he was at Wazzu in July and came away glowing about all things crimson.

While there, he made a solid connection with Cougar California transplants James Montgomery and Brandon Jones.

THE BOOK ON Cleveland is a versatile, very athletic tight end prospect. He's rated the No. 62 TE in the nation by Scout.com and two stars.

His athleticism is such that he could even be flexed out into the slot at the next level, and some schools have also talked to him about using that speed and athleticism on the defensive line.

NAMED SIERRA-VALLEY all-conference after an '08 season where he posted 21 receptions for 262 yards and four touchdowns.

A lot of high school tight end prospects are accomplished in the receiving game but their aptitude for blocking is less developed. Cleveland, on the other hand, showed good blocking skills in the trenches last season as a junior.

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

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