Camp Increases McCloud's Interest in UNC

Though he's used as a versatile offensive weapon, Ray Ray McCloud III is primarily a running back for Tampa (Fla.) Sickles. Running back is also the position that most colleges are recruiting him as. However, he worked out with the wide receivers at North Carolina's camp on Thursday.

"I just like doing one-on-ones against the DBs," McCloud said. "It's more interesting and more competitive. At running back, I'd have to go against linebackers and that's not fun for me. In a game I'll do it, but during one-on-ones I'd rather be going against a DB."

Typically, defensive backs are more skilled in man coverage than a linebacker. Also, a receiver's route tree is more diverse than a running back's.

Although McCloud wasn't auditioning for a UNC scholarship offer on Thursday – because he has one – the 5-foot-9, 175-pounder's ability to effortlessly jump in with the receivers only improved his stock with the Tar Heels' coaching staff. The staff is still primarily recruiting him as a running back, but it now sees his potential to play the A-back position (hybrid receiver/running back).

McCloud attended UNC's camp as part of a group of recruits from Tampa. The group, which consists of over 30 prospects from different classes, is embarking on a lengthy tour of college camps. Prior to Thursday's stop in Chapel Hill, the group camped at Clemson, Georgia, and Wake Forest. They'll continue on Friday at NC State.

Thursday's stay, which included a full tour of UNC following the afternoon camp, was McCloud's first visit to Chapel Hill.

"It was great," McCloud said. "My dad and I were just talking about how it was one of the best campuses I've seen in a while – since I started the recruiting process. I'm going to put more interest into North Carolina now."

On his own, McCloud has visited Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.

In spite of all the visits, McCloud doesn't have a list of favorite schools. He plans to narrow his focus after finishing up his summer trips.

Clemson pledge Deon Cain was also a part of the Tampa group. Cain and McCloud are close friends.

"He and I have played together since we were six [years old], won little league Super Bowls together, gotten in fights together – really everything brothers could do," McCloud said. "He recruits me, but I'm going to do what's best for me."

As a junior, McCloud rushed for 2,316 yards and 26 touchdowns on 293 carries (7.9-yard average). He also made nine catches for 192 yards and a score.

Ray Ray McCloud

Inside Carolina Top Stories