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Arkansas TE continues summer visits

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Springdale, Ark., tight end Ben Cleveland continues his summer visiting tour. He has been to camps at Arkansas, Tulsa and Florida already this spring, but his most recent trip is to a school new to his list.
"Things are going really good," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Cleveland said. "I have seen a lot of places and met a lot of people already this spring. I am at K-State right now checking out their program and their facilities."
The contact with Kansas State isn't the first for the Cleveland family.
"My sister lives up here," Cleveland said. "We are killing two birds with one stone. She graduated with her Masters just this last month. She has really liked it while she was here and I can see many good things about it.
"We came up two nights ago and watched some workouts and saw the facilities. Then today I was able to speak with Coach (Bill) Snyder and the president of the school, Jon Wefald. They are great guys and they are both very motivational."
The Wildcats have not extended an offer to Cleveland yet.
"They sounded really interested in offering, but nothing so far," he said. "It is a place I could see myself going. They're among the schools I am keeping in my mind while I go through this stuff. The others are Colorado, Tulsa, Iowa, Oklahoma State and Arkansas."
Several schools have extended scholarship offers so far, including Arkansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Tulsa. Even with that many offers, recruiting isn't taking the front burner for Cleveland at this point.
"I'm trying to stay focused on our team and how we'll do this fall. We have the nation's top quarterback (Mitch Mustain) and two good wide receivers (Andrew Norman and Damian Williams). Then we have me at tight end. We should be a good team this year. Our defense will be pretty good, too."
Don't look for an early decision from Cleveland on where he will go to college.
"I am going to wait. I want to see some more schools and get my tests done. I'll probably take all of my official visits this fall. I'm looking for a good education. That is there for the rest of my life. Hopefully football lasts a long time, but you never know. I want to be comfortable and fit in. I'd like to play early, but that isn't a big deal."
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