RB/DB Gerald McCloud

We are taking a closer look at one of the first verbal commitments for the 2002 class, Jacksonville's Gerald McCloud. McCloud, a RB and DB for the Arlington Country Day High School gained over 1,400 total (1000 rushing, 400 receiving) last year and also picked off 3 passes at the cornerback position.

Geral McCloud (6'2,185) runs a 4.50 40-yard dash and has a world of potential.

"He truly is a special football player," Head Coach John Street said. "In terms of potential, he's the best I've coached. Gerald McCloud contributes as much as any player I've ever coached in the positions of running back, wide receiver and defensive back."

McCloud was recruited by several big name schools, including Clemson, South Carolina, Central Florida, Tulane, and he also was beginning to receive heavy interest from Florida State and Florida before he gave his verbal to Clemson. Most schools recruited him as a wide receiver or a defensive back.

McCloud attended both South Carolina's and Clemson's camps this past summer, and it was after going to Clemson in late June that he decided he wanted to be a Tiger.

Coach Rick Stockstill was the main coach involved in the recruiting process.

So far this season, Gerald McCloud has started out very strong defensively. He recorded 9 tackles from the cornerback position while helping hold First Academy High School to -16 yards rushing in Arlington Country Day's first game of the year. (A 21-14 win) ACD's game this weekend was postponed until Oct 8.

Head coach John Street said he believes McCloud is a better prospect than Torin Kirtsey, a former UGA running back whom Street coached at University Christian High School.

Kirtsey was an extremely quick running back, and he hurt the Tigers and the SEC in several games in the mid 1990's before getting hurt.

Street also said that McCloud is one of the top players he's ever coached. He does it all for his team, and he should do very well at Clemson.

Offensively, McCloud has been seeing significant time at RB and some time at WR, although the Apaches are not putting the ball in the air alot at this point in the season. Actually, they didn't record a single passing yard in their first game.

McCloud is also fully qualified with a 3.0 GPA and an 890 SAT score.

With ALL of the talent the Tigers will have stockpiled at wideout next season, it seems logical that McCloud will have the opportunity to switch over to the secondary.

Initial reports have the Tigers looking at him as a WR, but with Roscoe Crosby, Airese Currie, Derrick Hamilton, Kevin Youngblood, and possibly Mario Raley, Kelvin Grant, and other entering the picture, he would see action much earlier playing as a cover corner.

And that should be a good thing.

McCloud has good size, standing in at 6'2, and decent speed, with his most recent 40-yard dash time coming in right at 4.5.

We will keep you updated on Gerald's progress as the season progresses.

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