Spring Valley center Mason Cloy has been waiting for his father to return from Iraq for what must seem like an eternity.
However now, with his father returning safely home late last week after his tour of duty overseas, Cloy is ready to take the next step in the recruiting process by taking a handful of unofficial visits.
But first things first: it was just last Friday the 6-4, 260-pound prospect and his family welcomed home Col. Cloy from a rotation in Iraq.
"It went good," he said of his father's return. "I was glad to see him home. He came in at 2:00 AM on a Friday. We were all tired the next day and I still had to go to school."
The Tigers will get the first unofficial visit in a tour that will take Mason and his father across the southeast for several weeks. "Yeah I am planning to go to Clemson on the 22nd of May. We just need coach Scott to approve the date," he said.
"Then I am going to Vanderbilt on the 25th, Kentucky on the 26th, Louisville on the 27th, Georgia Tech on the 30th, Virginia Tech on the June 5th, Wake and possibly North Carolina State on June 6th. I am also planning to go to Maryland on June 7th and Virginia on June 10th."
The long recruiting trips will also give Mason some quality time with his father before his father moves on to his next assignment.
Col. Cloy told CUTigers.com, "I have to report to my new job in Atlanta on the 19th of June. I want to help him see all of the schools first. I will be about six miles from Georgia Tech. Mason and his mom will stay in Columbia for his senior season. and I will come up on Friday's to see his games."
When asked if he has any current favorites in the recruiting process, Mason Cloy responded, "They are all still even. I want to wait until after these visits to narrow things down. "I will make a decision around the middle of the season. I plan to take my official visits during the season."
With a new offer in just last week, Cloy is also now beginning to focus on his summertime plans. "Kentucky offered on Saturday," he said. "We get out [of school] on the 22nd. I can't wait. I don't really have any camp plans yet."
CUTigers.com will continue to keep you updated on Mason Cloy and his family, right up through National Signing Day.
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