Texas A&M once again is looking for its first wide receiver pledge for the 2016 class, as 4-star Tyrie Cleveland decommitted from the Aggies early Wednesday afternoon.
Cleveland confirmed to GigEm247 that he spoke with head coach Kevin Sumlin to decommit. Cleveland visited the campus earlier this month and reportedly had a good time, but it's been known for several weeks that the nation's No. 34 receiver has been wanting to check out other schools.
However, does Wednesday's decommitment mean Texas A&M is completely out of the picture?
While Cleveland prepares to look around and reset his recruiting process, he still has interest in the Aggies. The Houston product told Bleacher Report at Nike's The Opening Dallas regional that the Aggies are still a team to watch, but there are a couple of schools that could find themselves in the driver's seat come February.
One school to watch is TCU. After an impressive 2014 season, the Horned Frogs have put themselves in a good spot for landing the 6'2.5", 189-pound playmaker. TCU currently has eight commits, including 4-star receiver Courtney Lark, and picking up a player of Cleveland's caliber would further boost that high-octane offense in Fort Worth, Texas.
Houston is a team that could win a key battle against the Power Five schools. Cleveland attends Westfield High School, which is minutes away from the Houston campus, and a commitment there would mean many opportunities for family members and friends to attend home games. A major X-factor in this case is Corby Meekins, Cleveland's recruiting contact. The Houston tight ends coach is the old head coach at Westfield, so Cleveland knows him well.
If Cleveland chooses to play ball out of state, LSU and Florida are two potential locations for him to land. Both are traditional SEC powers that have produced plenty of NFL talent.
LSU offered Cleveland near the end of January. Florida is Cleveland's latest offer, as he picked it up on April 9. Alabama, because of its success with producing receiver talent, is a dark horse in the recruiting race.
What does the winning school get? Cleveland is an athlete who can be not only a go-to receiver but also a reliable special teams contributor if necessary. As a junior, he caught 53 passes for 1,105 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has good size and, because of his leaping ability, he'll win the majority of his matchups against defenders with the ball high in the air.
Cleveland showed a sprinter's speed and overall athleticism at The Opening Dallas, recording outstanding numbers in the 40-yard dash, the power ball toss and the vertical jump. He ran the 40 in a blazing 4.38 seconds, threw the power ball 36 feet and vertical jumped 39.1 inches.
He'll take that talent to one particular school. And it must be reiterated that his school of choice still could be Texas A&M. Look for Cleveland to take some unofficial visits—and, possibly, some official visits—before a new commitment is made.