FOOTBALL RECRUITING SPOTLIGHT: WR TREY CLEVELAND

Texas Tech football gets a hard verbal in mid-June.

Arlington (Texas) native Trey Cleveland became the third wide receiver commitment for the Red Raiders when he pledged in mid-June. Cleveland is an extremely talented under-the-radar prospect. He’s a three-star prospect with tremendous upside who chose the Red Raiders over Southern Illinois.

Cleveland fits the bill of an outside receiver in Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. In recent years, Kingsbury has gone after taller receivers who can win one-on-one matchups consistently. Listed at 6-3, 175-pounds, Cleveland looks a lot like the emerging T.J. Vasher. Both receivers are lanky but have a large catch radius. Cleveland’s upside is tremendous because he has rare speed for a tall guy. At the Red Raider mini-camp this summer, Cleveland turned heads by blazing a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

As a junior, Cleveland caught 35 balls for 522 yards and 6 scores. This season, Cleveland is a focal point on the undefeated Arlington Colts. In late October, he made Dallas news when he blazed his way to a 99-yard touchdown catch.

Cleveland could find himself facing a redshirt year in 2019. The Red Raider receiving corps will be crowded next fall. Cleveland could also benefit physically from taking the year off and adding weight. When Cleveland does see in-game action, and he’s paired with Vasher, Big 12 opponents have a tall order ahead of them.

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