HOUSTON — The last month of the 2016 recruiting cycle put a lot of stress on the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver, Tyrie Cleveland.
Unsure of his commitment to Houston, Cleveland took three official visits in January to TCU, Arkansas and Florida before flipping to the Gators on signing day. Months removed from his announcement, Cleveland is at peace with his college choice.
“I’ve felt good about my final decision since I made it,” said Cleveland, a four-star recruit from Westfield High School in Houston.
“The day after I signed, I woke up the next day and knew I picked the right school. I’m looking forward to going to Gainesville.”
When Cleveland arrives on campus next month, he’ll quickly be thrown into the fire and challenged to contribute as a true freshman. However, the Under Armour All-American isn’t putting any pressure on himself.
“I want those expectations coming to a program like Florida,” Cleveland said. “Playing against top-notch guys every Saturday, that’s what I wanted the whole time. That’s really why I chose Florida.
“Being talked about as a program-changer, it’s a blessing just to be in that conversation. That’s a good thing. You just can’t overthink it and let that stress you out. I just need to adapt to college and do me.”
In the video interview above, Cleveland answers the following questions:
- Why was Florida the right school for him?
- What was the reaction from the Gators’ coaching staff?
- How did UF receivers coach Kerry Dixon II land his commitment?
- What is his mindset going into college?
- What are his team expectations for next season?
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