BEAVERTON, Ore. — Ray-Ray McCloud has spent more time on the West Coast this summer than he ever dreamed he would have a year ago.
The dynamic 5-foot-9, 180-pound four-star visited UCLA and USC before
heading to Oregon for The Opening this week. His three days in
California opened his eyes to a whole new world.
“It was my first time out west,” said McCloud. “I saw things I’ve never
seen before like In-n-Out. I’ve never seen that. I met new people, like
Josh Rosen. It was a great trip.”
McCloud spent tow days at UCLA, then headed to USC for the last day of
the Trojans’ Rising Stars Camp.
“I actually didn’t go to the whole camp because the IMG Nationals. Me,
Deion (Cain) and a couple other players cramped up. We only had 14
players on the team at the time.
“I kind of cramped up a lot, then I flew out the next morning and my body
was a little beat up from UCLA and IMG. I think there was a lot more
people at UCLA, more corners and stuff. But both camps were nice.
“The coaches’ personality — they like to have fun. Same like the UCLA
coaches, they’re real young. A lot of young coaches. They like to have
fun as well. I can’t really say what was different.”
Although McCloud only had a day with the Trojans coaching staff, he did
more than just perform on the football field.
“I liked everything about the visit,” said McCloud. “I went up there
and they treated me right. Just spending time with Nelson (Agholor), the
coaches and the other players, even Leon (McQuay III)… It was great.”
The trip out west helped USC inch closer to a follow up officially
visit in the future, but reading between the lines, the visit to Los
Angeles may have helped UCLA a little more.
“I think one of them is going to be one of my top schools,” said
McCloud. “I want to go out there with my parents and then I’ll make my
decision and stuff. Either one.
“I’d rather go with my dad because my mom is the academic part of it
and she knows UCLA is a great academic school overall.”
Which begs the question, is USC on the outside looking in while trying to remain a
school in contention for his signature come February?
“I think USC will too because of the program, the tradition, not even
counting the coaching staff,” said McCloud. “I’m not going off the
coaches or just the relationship with a coach. I’m going off the
program, the history of the program, the tradition and what the school
is bringing me.”
A whole new world for Ray-Ray
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