Two years ago, the former Maryland staff pursued a top-flight running back out of Sickles High (Tampa, Fla.) in Ray Ray McCloud. Then-UMD assistant Mike Locksley had the Tampa area and was able to convince McCloud to visit College Park, Md.
The four-star runner ultimately ended up signing with Clemson, but during his foray through Maryland, his kid brother, Jordan, tagged along. And now Jordan McCloud's on the Terps’ radar too, albeit under a new regime.
On June 13, the rising junior McCloud, a 6-foot-0.5, 175-pound two-way star at Sickles, pulled his very first offer from the Terps and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
“I was really excited about the Maryland offer,” said McCloud, who plays quarterback and cornerback. “When my brother Ray Ray went up to Maryland two years ago, I really liked it a lot. I loved the atmosphere up there and the campus. It was Coach Locksley who was there then, and he’s at Alabama now, but I really liked him and how he made us feel at home. But now I’m excited to get to know the new Maryland coach.”
The 2018 star, who Maryland offered as an athlete, said he spoke to Abdul-Rahim on the phone following the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Tampa. The two didn’t have a long conversation, but McCloud’s already taken to UMD’s defensive backs coach.
“Coach Aazaar sounds like a really cool guy,” McCloud said. “He was saying how he really liked how I worked on both sides of the ball and thinks I could have a future at quarterback or cornerback at Maryland. He really wants me to take a look at Maryland, and I plan to get back up there for the camp on June 21st or June 22nd. I’m definitely trying to make that.”
Beyond his initial trip two years ago and his conversation with Abdul-Rahim, McCloud said he’s aware the Terps compete in the Big Ten and that D.J. Durkin now heads the program after coming over from Michigan.
“I think Coach Durkin is going to do real good at Maryland. He seems like a great coach,” McCloud said. “I think Maryland is up-and-coming.”
The Terps aren’t the only program that’s taken notice of McCloud, however. He said coaches from Arizona, Clemson, USF, South Carolina and Alabama have all expressed interest.
“Florida was my favorite school as a kid, and I’d love to get an offer from them,” McCloud said. “But now since my brother is at Clemson, they’re kind of like my favorites. Hopefully the Clemson offer comes.”
So far, McCloud has been to CU, UMD, Bama, South Carolina, UNC, Florida and Georgia. This June he’ll be camping and visiting Columbia, S.C., Chapel Hill, N.C., Clemson and College Park.
“It’s an exciting offseason for me,” McCloud said. “A lot of college coaches like what I can do on both sides of the ball. I like playing both corner and quarterback, and usually I do both at the camps. So I’ll play wherever and just keep getting better at each position.”