As many of the top prospects in the state of South Carolina consider their options when it comes to the crazy world of college football recruiting, there is one high school player in the Palmetto state with much more on his mind.
Spring Valley High School's Mason Cloy, one of the top centers in the southeast, is awaiting his father's return from Iraq.
And now that wait, won't be too much longer.
"He will probably be home on the 12th of May," Cloy told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "I can't wait to spend time with my dad. I can tell you that we will be doing a lot of fishing this summer."
While waiting for his father's return, Cloy also finds his offer list growing tremendously in recent weeks.
"My latest offers are from Virginia, Georgia Tech and North Carolina," he said. "I know have 11 offers now. I am also hearing from Stanford, Auburn and Georgia but they have not offered yet."
Cloy is also waiting on the return of his dad before he takes more visits.
"Yeah we will take some visits when he comes back. I know we are going to visit Vanderbilt. I am going to visit both in-state schools again, but I am not sure of the dates," he said.
Many fans are wondering whether or not the verbal commitment of Cloy's teammate, fellow offensive lineman Quintin Richardson, will influence his own decision in the recruiting process.
Not so, according to Cloy.
"It is really not going to have any impact on my decision at all," he said. "I'm happy for him and all, but I am going to go where I feel comfortable."
Cloy also has a timeframe in mind for his decision.
"I will probably come out with a top five right before the season. Then I will start taking some official visits. I will start thinking about who my top schools will be over the summer. I am probably going to commit in the middle of the season," he said.
The coaching carousel has already started at Spring Valley as the spring evaluation periods begin.
"Last week coaches from Wake Forest and Vanderbilt came by," Cloy added. "Tomorrow coach Spurrier is coming by and the coaches from Virginia."
Cloy Awaits Father's Return from Iraq
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