TAMPA, FL. – Carrollwood Day’s Brandon Cleveland is entering his junior year. But he already has the body and skillset of a college player.
What You Need To Know
- Brandon Cleveland is ranked one of the best defensive lineman in the 2022 recruiting class
- After getting offers from several Power 5 teams, he committed to the University of Miami
- Cleveland said his decision was simple – Miami saw his potential early
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“He’s goes about 6’3”, 260lbs, and what I like about him he plays with leverage, he plays aggressive, he’s quick off the ball and he finishes the play,” said 247/Sports and CBS Sports recruiting analyst Josh Newberg. “When you turn on his film you can see he can play all along the defensive line as a tackle or defensive end.”
Ranked as a one of the best defensive linemen in the 2022 recruiting class, Cleveland had been mulling offers from several Power 5 teams.
“Decide on a college soon and whatever best fits – with the coronavirus it is tough now – but time will tell,” said Cleveland.
Not long after that statement, Cleveland was ready to make his decision – exclusively with Spectrum Sports 360. Cleveland chose The U – Miami.
The pick blew up on social media. While fans and analysts attempted to rationalize his thinking, Cleveland said it was simple – Miami saw his potential early.
“It was the first Power-Five school to offer me,” said Cleveland.
Finally, announcing his choice was a relief for a young man who was hoping to make his mom proud by choosing a school with a good team and better academics.
“My mom and my family and friends all had influence in making me a better person and who I am today,” said Cleveland
“I’m just so proud of my son,” said Sonia Dickens. “It is a wonderful school and I am just here to support him all the way through.”
Cleveland is confident he made the right choice in choosing a school known for its history of tenacious defense.
“It’s a great program and I could be a really great athlete there and possibly make it to the NFL,” said Cleveland.
But what Cleveland really hopes to do is help return The U to being The U.
“I definitely want to help them be a better team – like they used to be,” Cleveland said.