The idea to offer McCloud was already in play when arriving at the game but after seeing McCloud perform on the field last Friday, the Vanderbilt coaches were completely sold on him and knew they made the right choice to extend him an official offer.
“It was great seeing and talking to the Vandy coaches on Friday. They seemed excited to offer me and I am definitely glad they did,” McCloud said.
McCloud has become a hot name over the last several weeks.Standing 6’3 170 pounds, the South Carolina prospect has added several offers from the likes of Northwestern, N.C. State, Kansas State, West Virginia and several others.
Projected as a cornerback on the collegiate level, McCloud has the tools to play on either side of the ball in college but long term wise, defense could be his calling. Vanderbilt see’s McCloud as a long and athletic cover corner as does many other schools. The 3-star athlete wasn’t surprised by the Dores offer as he has been in contact with the staff for a while now.
Academics are a big deal to McCloud, so the Vanderbilt offer is one that he was waiting and hoping to receive.
“I love Vanderbilt. They represent a lot of what I am looking for. A strong academic school and a football program that plays in the best college football conference in the country. I value the Vanderbilt offer a lot and I feel very honored to have them as an option,” said McCloud.
All the recruiting attention that McCloud has received over the last month has been fun but taxing. McCloud is taking everything in stride but is nowhere close to making any final decisions.
“I really like all the offers I have right now and I am continuing to hear from other schools, so right now I am not focusing too much on my recruitment and I am taking my time with all the interest I’m getting,” he said.
“I honestly don’t have any favorites either. There are a few schools I may like more than others but right now I am really giving everybody a chance. I don’t have a time frame to make a commitment. I do plan to take visits but as of now, I haven’t set anything up yet.”
Vanderbilt may have a shot here because of the academics but also because of their defensive showing on the field this season.
McCloud fits today’s prototypical cornerback with his size, speed and natural athleticism. Would not be surprised to see him add more power five conference offers very soon.