McCloud could decide soon

Many big-time programs are after Ray Ray McCloud. The 2015 running back of Tampa (Fla.) Sickles picked up an offer from his favorite school Monday night.

Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt have all offered Ray Ray McCloud. Florida State offered Monday night and McCloud couldn't be more excited to have his favorite school on the list and he plans to visit this weekend.

"I'm really excited and looking forward to going there this weekend," McCloud said.

"Growing up, Florida State was my favorite school. Derrick Brooks was my little league coach with my dad. Not even just because of him, but Deion Sanders was my favorite player growing up. This will be my first time going up there, it'll be a new experience."

Clemson is another school that has McCloud's attention. He's visited a couple of times and hopes to return next month.

"They were the first big school to give me a chance," he said.

"My freshman year, (running backs) coach (Tony) Elliot talked to me, he said he would come back and he did, he kept his work, and that really sticks out to me."

The 5-foot-10, 172-pound athlete wasn't able to make the last Florida junior day because of a 7on7 tournament, but he also plans to visit Gainesville again soon with his parents.

"I've been up there multiple times, they just told me to come up when I have free time. I haven't been up there with my parents since Friday Night Lights," he said.

A few other schools also have McCloud's interest at this time.

"I have no favorites right now, but coaches I've talked to a lot and have built a great relationship with are at schools like Clemson, Florida, Ole Miss, UCLA, Notre Dame is really getting into the mix, UNC, and Kentucky," he said.

"Knowing the school more and basically building a relationship with the school and coaches is important. For me, I'm going to be the one doing the four years, not anyone else."

As far as a decision timeline goes, McCloud is a bit of a mystery.

"I plan on making my decision when the time feels right. Right now, I'm planning on graduating early. It could be soon that I make a decision. Maybe a month, a week, you never know," he said.

Stay tuned to for the latest on Ray Ray McCloud and his recruitment.

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