HOUSTON — Tyrie Cleveland is Florida’s most anticipated incoming wide receiver in years, and for good reason.
Arguably the biggest signee in the Gators’ 2016 class, Cleveland is the offensive weapon UF coach Jim McElwain desperately needed for his passing game.
Cleveland possesses a rare combination of size and speed, running the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds (watch) at 6-foot-3, 196 pounds. As seen in the videos above and below, he also has impressive ball skills and a wide catch radius.
But perhaps Cleveland’s best attribute is his competitive edge. On the two biggest stages of high school football recruiting, he outshined other elite receivers from around the country.
Cleveland was one of three wideouts named to the Offensive All-Tournament Team last summer at “The Opening,” an annual combine for top recruits at Nike world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Then in January, Cleveland made his mark during the week of the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando, Fla. He dominated in every practice and solidified his ranking as the nation’s No. 2 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Cleveland caught 94 total passes for 2,203 yards and 27 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons at Westfield High School in Houston.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) May 10, 2016