McCloud Set to Visit UCLA

2015 four-star Tampa (Fla.) Sickles running back Ray Ray McCloud just wrapped up a trip to Maryland and will now head west to USC and UCLA...

Ray Ray McCloud has visited "at least fifteen schools" already including Georgia, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, and Maryland. Maryland was one of his more recent visits and the 2015 athlete was quite impressed by what he saw.

"It was great. That was my first time up there, meeting the coaches. I met (offensive coordinator) coach (Mike) Lockley a couple of times. It was great, I thought very highly of it. People were telling me about Maryland but I had to see for myself and it's a great school," he said.

"(I was impressed with) the campus, the campus and the coaches, it's laid back, chill, family-oriented. It seems like they get the job done, like it could put me in the right place for the future."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back sees a good fit for himself in the Terps offense.

"I know players with my skill-set, they do great there. They put them in the right place to make plays. They give players that make plays the ball," he said.

"The coaches are great, no doubt, just good people, down to earth people."

McCloud hopes to return to Maryland, but he's not sure when. The Tampa star is keeping pretty busy this summer. He'll be at UCLA and USC this week. His father also told Scout last weekend that they'll be visiting Alabama, Notre Dame, and Ohio State in July. McCloud says he's looking forward to his West Coast visits this week.

"(I'm excited for) just a new experience, meeting the coaches, just see what's going on out there, just see what the schools gives me, what they offer me, and just get my pros and cons," he said.

Those pros and cons are important to McCloud, who plans to make detailed lists of pros and cons for each school before making his final choice.

"I don't have any favorites right now," he said.

But he does hope to have his final decision made before the end of summer. He says his mom and dad will both play big factors in his choice.

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