The Clemson Tigers have made a habit of going into the state of Florida and pulling out to notch recruits, a task that isn’t easy for the programs in the state. They have had stars from the state of Florida like current Buffalo Bills’ running back C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Two months ago the Tigers went into Tampa and got a commitment from 4-Star wide receiver Deon Cain, a 6’1, 190-pound star who attends Tampa Bay Tech. On Monday, they went back into Tampa and picked up another talented prospect when they landed a pledge from 4-Star athlete Ray Ray McCloud III.
“The first time I stepped on campus, I just fell in love with Clemson. I’ve been going to camp there for three years and loved it every time I went. Clemson just felt like the place for me,” McCloud said via 24/7 Sports.
McCloud has had a relationship with Tigers’ running back coach Tony Elliot since he was in eighth grade which is one of the biggest reasons he picked the Tigers.
“My relationship started with Clemson back in eight grade when (running back coach) Tony Elliot started recruiting my cousin who played at Tampa Catholic,” McCloud added. “From then on he said he was going to recruit me and sure enough, he came back the next year when I was in ninth grade. He kept his word and then I went up there for camp and fell in love with everything.”
The 5’9, 175-pounder attends Sickles High School. He is ranked as the country’s sixth-best athlete prospect, the 17th-best overall prospect in the state of Florida and the 93rd-best overall prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
McCloud also holds offers from the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and UCLA Bruins, among many others.
He is the 22nd verbal commitment for the Tigers in the class of 2015. Their class now ranks third nationally, jumping the rival South Carolina Gamecocks, and first in the ACC.