USF Offers Local Elite 2015 Athlete

Coach Taggart and his staff have made the Tampa area a priority for recruiting since he took over in December as head coach. The staff has their eyes on another local player in Sickles' Ray Ray McCloud, who could provide elite athleticism on either side of the ball for the Bulls.

Since Coach Taggart took over the USF Bulls in December of last year, the Bulls coaching staff have made their backyard of Tampa, FL a priority for recruiting with the hot bed of talent Hillsborough County provides them with. They have no intentions of changing their blueprint in 2015 with local star, Ray McCloud.

An elite athlete out of local Tampa Sickles High School, McCloud provides his high school with big play ability and hopes to provide his future college destination the same as well. So far, the 5-10 172-pound athlete has garnered in offers from the likes of Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Clemson, Louisville, Kentucky, and recently at the Bulls Saturday Night Elite Showcase, McCloud received an offer from his hometown South Florida Bulls.

"It felt well getting that offer from the hometown, every kid wants that offer from their hometown school," McCloud told USFNation.com. "Coaches just said we love you, they think I can change the program. He (Coach Taggart) wants to change the program as well, the whole situation was a blessing."

With several trips to USF's campus, Ray has been able to build strong relationships with the Bulls coaching staff and they've gave a great impression to the 2015 athlete.

"I love the coaches, like Coach Taggart, Coach Woodie, Coach Reaves, all of them," McCloud said. "They're cool to be around, good hearted people and they put God first."

Seeing other local stars like Tajee Fullwood, Deiondre Porter, Mazzi Wilkins and other USF commits staying in the Tampa area to represent their city, McCloud has definitely noticed the hometown connections and its very appealing to the 2015 athlete.

"Yeah I've seen it, like Tajee Fulwood and them," McCloud said. "If we keep all the kids at South Florida, we could be like Miami in the 80's and 90, we really could. There's a lot of talent down here, if we can keep us all together, we can be good."

While it's very early in the process for the 2015 star, McCloud doesn't have any leaders at the moment, but states USF will be towards the top of the list of schools he's considering. Having a home cooked meal up the street at his convenience doesn't hurt either.

"It's hometown, it's where you want to be," McCloud said. "Your family can come to the games anytime they want. You can go visit and go home to have a home cooked meal, we can make a dynasty here."

The rising Junior can line up at several different positions on the field including running back, wide receiver or even on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive back. However, last year as a sophomore, McCloud rushed for 1,319 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 100-yard efforts in eight of his 10 games.

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