Top UGA recruit cleared to rejoin his high school football team after lengthy suspension

UGA football commitment Ben Cleveland has been cleared to rejoin his football team.

UGA football signee Ben Cleveland can now play football again for Stephens County High School.

The 4-star UGA commitment had been suspended from school for 10 days for an undisclosed incident at Stephens County. His father Derek Cleveland told the AJC’s on Wednesday that Cleveland has been cleared and plans to return to school on Thursday. 

He will dress out for Stephens County on Friday night. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive lineman may not play in this week’s game since he’s missed the entire week of practice, but he will be in uniform are ready to go.

Derek Cleveland told on Tuesday his son was expected to meet with school officials this week and hoped for a positive outcome. Cleveland had served 10 days of out-of-school suspension after an incident that took place at the school on Sept. 29.

The 4-star UGA commitment is regarded as one of the cornerstones of the program’s 2016 recruiting class. Schools officials also could not comment on why Cleveland had been suspended. They said student privacy laws prevented them from sharing any details regarding the matter. 

He had missed the past two games while serving that suspension.


Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.

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