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National Signing Day 2013: Tolando Cleveland signs with MSU

The standout Georgia cornerback adds his LOI to MSU's 2013 class.

Mississippi State University | Mansel Guerry

Add number three to the LOI stack for Mississippi State, as recent commitment Tolando Cleveland has officially signed on to become a Bulldog.

Cleveland, the Powder Springs, Georgia standout, adds his letter of intent to MSU's 2013 class this morning, the school announced today through a statement on coach Dan Mullen's twitter account.

Cleveland was a surprising late addition to this class, and a former longtime Georgia Tech commitment. He favored MSU early on in the process, but committed to the Yellow Jackets shortly after his recruitment picked up. However, there was something in Cleveland's film that impressed new DB's coach Deshea Townsend, and the Bulldogs got back involved in Tolando's recruitment.

High School

Hillgrove HS - Powder Springs, Georgia

Measureables

Height - 6'0"
Weight - 170 lbs
40 - 4.40

Recruiting Service Rankings

247Sports - 3-star (#115 GA, #117 CB), 81 Grade

Scout - 2-star (NR CB)

Rivals - 3-star (NR GA, NR CB), 5.6 Grade

Bio (from HailState.com)

Tolando Cleveland, DB, 6-0, 170, Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)
HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a three-star prospect by EPSN, Rivals and 247Sports ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super 75" prospects list ... Helped head coach Phillip Ironside's Hillgrove Hawks to a 6-5 record in 2012 with a first-round loss in the state playoffs ... Credited with 81 total tackles and four interceptions as a junior ... Helped lead Hawks to a 11-1 record as a junior and advanced to the second round of the state 5A playoffs ... Committed to Mississippi State in late January after being heavily recruited by Georgia Tech ... Also had offers from Air Force, Navy, East Carolina, Ball State and Rice among others.

Highlights

Offers

MSU, Air Force, Ball State, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Navy, Rice, Utah State

John Luke's thoughts

The newest commitment for MSU. He was a guy that came to camp in the summer and impressed the coaches. He actually committed to the hometown school, Georgia Tech just a month after making that big impression in Starkville. MSU stayed on him and was able to poach him late. He has a solid frame and solid hips, he should develop into a nice cornerback prospect.

HailState.com Bio

Rated a three-star prospect by EPSN, Rivals and 247Sports ... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Super 75" prospects list ... Helped head coach Phillip Ironside's Hillgrove Hawks to a 6-5 record in 2012 with a first-round loss in the state playoffs ... Credited with 81 total tackles and four interceptions as a junior ... Helped lead Hawks to a 11-1 record as a junior and advanced to the second round of the state 5A playoffs ... Committed to Mississippi State in late January after being heavily recruited by Georgia Tech ... Also had offers from Air Force, Navy, East Carolina, Ball State and Rice among others.

For more on Mississippi State's National Signing Day, make sure to check out our storystream and our running signees list.