GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Cameron Cloud is high on North Carolina's 2019 watch list. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound dynamic athletic from Northwest Guilford High has a strong interest in the Tar Heels -- and his actions back that up.
"Cameron is very dynamic," Northwest Guilford head coach Jared Rolfes said. "He has great hips and agility. He's a very, very coachable kid. He's very multiple.
"He's just very polished as just a skill guy, in terms of what he and his father have done in preparing him for high school football and obviously beyond."
Cloud has been a varsity starter since his freshman year. His position is technically slot receiver, but he could be found in the backfield in certain packages. Regardless of where he lines up, Northwest's offense has been designed to get the ball in his hands a multitude of ways.
As a freshman, Cloud scored five touchdowns on 30 receptions. The following season was cut short by five games due to a fractured collar bone.
"Before the injury, he was really starting to come into his own," Rolfes said. "He had two back-to-back games of over 150 yards of total offense and a couple of touchdowns in each one of those games. It really hurt us not having him the rest of the season, because he's very dynamic and a very good athlete."
Cloud finished his sophomore campaign with 367 yards and four touchdowns on 40 rushes, and eight receptions for 52 yards and a score.
North Carolina is among the schools that have shown a strong interest in Cloud. But, it is holding off on offering a scholarship until it determines where he exactly fits into its offense.
"In talking to Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic], I think the big thing with Cameron is he's not super tall and not super big, but he also wears size 13 shoes so you know it's coming -- and his dad is a tall guy," Rolfes said. "From a speed stand point, he's a pretty fast kid; he's at a high 4.5, low 4.6. So, I think he's sort of a 'tweener right now to them. I think they're trying to wait to see, 'Is he going to get a lot bigger or is he going to get super fast?' And that will determine if he's going to be recruited as a running back or a slot."
Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are in a similar position as UNC. But, Charlotte went ahead and extended Cloud his first scholarship.
Cloud has made seven or eight visits to UNC. He has attended junior days, games, and camp the past two years.
"I think it's a really good school," Cloud said. "It has a really good family atmosphere; everybody, coaches and staff, knows you."
With that said, it's unsurprising that UNC, along with Virginia Tech, is among the schools that have emerged as favorites.
"Both of them have family atmospheres," Cloud said. "Their staffs are close together. The coaching staffs will take care of you."
In addition to UNC, Cloud has visited Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He plans to return to Chapel Hill in a few weeks and is working on a spring trip to Ohio State.
Besides football, Cloud runs track at Northwest participating in the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes... Growing up, Cloud rooted for Miami... Cloud plans to pursue a major in the medical field.