One of the most electrifying talents at The Opening this week is 2015 Tampa (Fla.) Sickles four-star running back Ray Ray McCloud.
Standing 5-foot-10, 172-pounds, McCloud split some time at running back and at slot receiver, either way featured and at his best with the ball in his hands.
“I think I’m doing great actually,” McCloud said. “We lost the first game and just exploded from there and having a great time.”
“I’m never straight tail back (though),” McCloud added. “I’m an athlete and just need to be in space.”
“I’m trying,” McCloud said. “I’m talking to my parents right now and just seeing what’s going on with them and their schedule cause I don’t want to just go with myself, just so they can feel it too and see what Notre Dame is bringing to the table.”
Also in recent contact with Michigan, McCloud says he continues to get to know the Wolverines following spring visits from Doug Nussmeier and Jeff Hecklinski.
“I actually talked to the coach two weeks ago,” McCloud said. “But, I am, I have to build a relationship.”
The message to McCloud from the Michigan coaching staff is simple, a versatile role should he opt for Ann Arbor when it’s all said and done.
“Just putting the ball in my hands in many different ways,” McCloud said.
One player in the ear of McCloud throughout The Opening is 2015 Brother Rice (Mich.) four-star quarterback and Michigan commitment Alex Malzone.
“I would say, Alex Malzone, from Michigan,” McCloud said when asked who’s been doing some significant recruiting at the camp.
“Alex is just saying Michigan, Michigan man,” McCloud added. “He’s pretty funny.”
Asked what will put one school over the top to secure his commitment, McCloud kept it very simple.
“My heart really,” McCloud said. “Just how I feel on campus basically.”
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.