Some of the most talented players come out of Georgia on a yearly basis and that’s no exception for the Class of 2016 with 25 prospects already rated four stars by Scout.com.
Toccoa (GA) Stephens County junior offensive tackle Ben Cleveland is one of those players. With the Badgers strong offensive line tradition, it only made sense for new running back coach Thomas Brown to try to make an early impact with Cleveland’s recruitment.
“I haven't really put that much thought into Wisconsin, but if I hear from them more then that answer can change very quickly,” Cleveland told BadgerNation. “I honestly do not know much at all about them. I haven't really got to the point of researching a lot of the schools to see what catches my interest but still don't really know a lot about them. When it comes closer to time to make a decision, then I will sit down with my parents, research the schools and see what one I think suits me the best.”
At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Cleveland can be very intimidating and definitely displays his size and strength in the run game, something that the Badgers pride their offense on.
“That definitely appeals to me that they run the ball a lot,” said Cleveland. “Run blocking is one of my strong points, and I like that.”
Currently ranked the No. 5 offensive tackle in the 2016 class, Cleveland holds over a dozen offers from some of the top programs in the country, like Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina. At this point, his recruiting process has been no sweat.
“My recruitment is pretty slow right now,” said Cleveland. “My recruitment is not too stressful right now, but I’m sure that will change within a year or so. At the moment, I don’t have any schools sticking out. I am visiting Georgia this weekend and Tennessee next. There is also a good possibility I visit Wisconsin in the future.”Benjamin Worgull contributed to this report