"He was doing lab, and he was holding a glass bottle," Stephens County football coach Frank Barden told the AJC. "I don't know if it was the chemical in the glass, or from him squeezing it – but the glass broke. And he had to have some stitches in his hand."
The 6-foot-7, 325-pounder is rated as the state's No. 3 overall prospect for next year. He committed to UGA, along with 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason, at last summer's Dawg Night prospect camp.
Cleveland plays first base for Stephens County’s baseball team. He was expected to return to lineup this weekend as a designated hitter
“He’ll be fine,” Barden said. “He will be back at first base as soon as his stitches heal. They’re in his right hand, and he throws left-handed. I think they taped his ring finger and his middle finger together. He couldn’t wear a glove last week, but I think that was how he was going to be able to DH.”
How good is Cleveland in baseball? “He’s really good,” Barden said. “He’s really a phenomenal athlete to be that size. It’s an amazing thing to watch him play baseball. He led the team in homeruns in baseball last year.”