Nick McCloud is hopping from one school to the next. He knows this is a pivotal time in the process of choosing a school and he is not letting one weekend go to waste.
When McCloud identifies a game he wants to attend either for the atmosphere, the game itself or an important chat with a coach that is recruiting him he doesn't hesitate.
That's one of the main reasons he followed through with his plan to visit NC State for the Clemson game last weekend. The NC State coaches had told McCloud that they wanted to talk to him. No new ground was broken. The pitch the coaches made to him was not different than what they had said before in any major way. They wanted to emphasize that they see him as an important player that could help get their recruiting class to where they want it to be.
McCloud visited NC State with his entire immediate family and they all seemed to enjoy themselves.
"I got a chance to talk with the coaches before the game and I liked the atmosphere there. I had never been to a game there so I didn't know what to expect. Honestly I didn't know it was going to be like that with the atmosphere the way it was. It was good."
The coaches spoke with McCloud and his family. They complimented him again. They talked about how he could help the defense and how they could help him in his growth as a player.
"They like how versatile I can be," McCloud (6-1, 173) said. "I talked to Coach Barlow, Coach Faulkner and Coach White. I talked to Coach Doeren too. They like how I can be used at multiple positions in the secondary. They think I can play every position in the secondary. But they did say that if I like playing corner then I could play corner. They just like that I can be used at all three of them."
'All three' encompasses cornerback, safety or nickel back.
McCloud has been to some college football games before. He's going to be at a lot more games in the future.
NC State is only one of the schools McCloud is considering but the Wolfpack set the bar very high on that visit.
"I can say that was probably the most electric game I've been to this year. That wasn't the only thing I liked about it either. They showed me the indoor and rode me around the stadium. I've got to go back in two weeks for the academic part. I'm going to be out of school for one day so I can go up there and see more of what I didn't get to see this time."
The next trip to NC State and the visits McCloud has planned to Tennessee and South Carolina are all unofficial visits meaning he will pick up the tab for all of the expenses but he will still be able to take five official visits anytime he wants before signing with a school.