Speed is top asset for Josh Cleveland


Josh Cleveland (Del Valle, Texas/Del Valle) didn’t have a lot of interest from colleges two weeks ago. It’s amazing what a little zip can do to a player’s reputation.

Last Monday, Cleveland showed blazing speed in the 40-yard dash at the Mary Hardin-Baylor football camp, in conjunction with Oklahoma State. He was clocked by two coaches. One stopwatch read 4.29 seconds; the other read 4.30.

As an encore on Sunday, Cleveland participated in the University of Texas camp and impressed coaches there. He was clocked in the 40 at 4.38 seconds. Cleveland then was asked not to run again.

“It was nothing but hard work and dedication,” Cleveland said. “When I saw the 4.29, it was so amazing to me. Everything’s been to shocking that I have a chance to be where I want to be.”

At 5-foot-7 and 163 pounds, Cleveland’s speed is his biggest asset on the field. He lined up primarily as a slot receiver as a junior. He’s expected to see more time at running back when the 2012 season kicks off.

“Josh got better every day during spring football and is a tireless worker who once played on the freshman B team,” said Brad Alexander, the offensive coordinator at Del Valle. “Through hard work, he is now ready to lead our team to new heights.”

Since his performances, Cleveland has heard from Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas State and North Texas. Cleveland said he is looking to attend a North Texas camp on Friday and a Texas State camp June 24.