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Gators add top Arkansas TE

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Tight end Ben Cleveland became the eighth commitment for Florida when he committed to them over offers from Iowa, Virginia, Colorado, Arkansas, Michigan State and more.
"Their offense stuck out, it's a great offense and they throw the ball a lot to the tight ends," he said. "The academics at Florida are really strong too. Coach Meyer and all of the coaches have done an impressive job at Utah. I was impressed by them and it's hard to turn them down."
Was there any reason the Springdale, Ark. prospect wanted to commit suddenly?
"I know Florida is only going to sign one tight end this year and once that's done, it's done," he said. "It's really hard to pass that up and I was going to wait until the end of the season to see how teams did, but I can't take that chance of someone else committing."
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder with 4.75-second speed is glad to have a decision behind him.
"I'm really happy, it's a great feeling to know and now I don't have to worry about people calling me at night, I can focus on football," he said. "This season I'm working on school, that's basically the only thing I need to work on. Besides that, I'm just training because I know it's a totally different level going to Division I, it's a lot of work on your body."
The No. 7 prospect in Arkansas hasn't scheduled an official visit, but plans to take in one game in Gainesville this season.
"I'm not sure which one I'll be going to," he said. "I'm going to watch them and see how they use their offense this year. They did a lot of stuff at Utah and it's going to be interesting to see what they do with the players they have at Florida."
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