Future Coug talks in-home, Miami and more

HIS RECENT HIGHLIGHT TAPE was a smash hit, with his tight end ranking is set to soar up the charts a little later this month on Scout.com. Future Cougar Asante Cleveland had another in-home visit with Washington State this week, he also talks about the late Miami interest and more..

Asante Cleveland and his family sat down with WSU assistant Jody Sears this week in Sacramento for some dinner, more conversation about all things Washington State and to watch a little of a BCS Bowl game.

Washington State has made good use of the visitation periods that began back in December, with Paul Wulff, Sears and Todd Sturdy all coming by the Cleveland home. This latest visit with Sears, said Cleveland, lasted about 2 1/2 - 3 hours.

"And that was actually kind of short compared to the other ones," laughed Cleveland.

Cleveland said the in-home went swimmingly. Among the topics discussed, Cleveland's recruiting class as well as others who might be joining the crimson ranks before Signing Day in February.

AS FOR MIAMI, who first began to recruit Cleveland in late December, and then offered shortly thereafter, Cleveland said they're coming by his school today.

"I've only talked to them once but they're coming down to my basketball game on Thursday. The last time I talked to them was about two weeks ago," said Cleveland.

Although they got into the game fairly late, (Cleveland was offered by the Cougs earlier this summer and verbally committed to WSU in September), Miami has been charging hard to try and convince Cleveland to come down to Coral Gables on an official visit. Will he take a trip?

"My parents are talking about it but we haven't really made a decision on that. But I don't think so," said Cleveland.

What's Cleveland's commitment level to Washington State?

"I'm a Coug," said Cleveland. "My parents are really the only ones paying too much attention to the Miami offer. I'm not looking into it, but they're still researching and telling me about Miami. But I'm a committed Cougar," said Cleveland.

CLEVELAND WAS A named first team all-league his senior year -- out at receiver. At 6-5, 235 pounds with 4.7 speed in the 40 entering his senior campaign, he'll come to WSU as a tight end.

He's also a star basketball player and track and field athlete at Christian Brothers High. Complete stats were unavailable but earlier this season, Cleveland was averaging 11.2 ppg and 5.7 rebounds.

Asante Cleveland profile

Cleveland isn't the only touted tight end WSU plans to ink on Signing Day. The Cougs also have a verbal from the No. 8-rated tight end prospect in the land, Spokane's Aaron Dunn. It is expected with Cleveland and Dunn, the Cougs will be running a lot of double-tights sets and, on occasion, splitting them out wide, such is their athleticism. Expect to see a lot of both over the next 4-5 years at Wazzu. Also rated highly by Scout.com at tight end is another WSU verbal from Spokane: Jake Rodgers. Scout ranks him No. 32 nationally at the TE position, but he has the frame and wing span to possibly play several positions and on either side of the ball. Some believe the 6-7, 245-pounder could develop into an excellent, prototypical Pac-10 left tackle for the Cougs.

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