Two months ago Bedford (OH) receiver Trent Cloud had no scholarship offers and nerves were starting to creep in. As he headed to The Opening regional in Columbus, OH, on Saturday, Cloud is sitting with seven strong division 1 options.
“All the hard work and effort I put in is paying off,” Cloud said. “I was getting nervous I wouldn't get any top offers, but I trusted in God and kept working hard. I know my talents and I'm happy people want me for them. It's a blessing.”
Wisconsin is short on remaining scholarships for the 2017 class but offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph continues to maintain contact with Cloud. Being clocked at 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and describing himself as a “big, fast, strong receiver,” Cloud is anxious to hopefully visit Wisconsin next month.
“(Coach Rudolph) tells me that I need to work on my grades and my agility, but he loves my size, speed and route running,” Cloud said. “This offseason I'm working out in the gym a lot and trying to get faster and stronger. I'm also playing 7-on-7 so hope that helps my fundamentals and keeps me in top shape.”
“Wisconsin first stuck out to me when they offered,” he added. “It's the biggest school that's offered me and coaching staff has been more then welcoming … I get along very good with the staff. They've visited me a couple times and it's a great feeling. I can tell they really want me, and I want to go somewhere where I'm wanted. Wisconsin definitely has that.”
“All four are awesome schools,” Cloud said. “Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I would love to stay close to home, but I also need to find the best fit for me. I've visited Toledo, but haven't visited Wisconsin, Marshall or Syracuse yet. Only reason Marshall and Toledo lead for me is because I like the smaller schools. I could see myself making a bigger impact at those schools like Randy Moss did.
“I want somewhere where I can develop and learn, and Wisconsin has that which is huge. They also have the pedigree and history, another pro that other schools don't have.”
Cloud hopes to make his commitment early this summer. When that happens, it’ll mark the end of a fulfilling experience considering how hard he had to work to get on the radar of college coaches.
“It's been a process,” Cloud said. “I had to promote myself a lot. Nobody recognized my talent at first. I had to work for it, and I'm happy it's been that way. I had to go to every camp possible, write letters to coaches and it's taught me a lot. It helps with my academics, my home life and my friends. Taught me to be humble and how to never doubt yourself or doubt God. It's so fun going on all visits and teaches me about different parts of country. It's really cool to see.”