The talent in the class of 2016 continues to emerge and another prospect, South Pointe cornerback Nick McCloud, grabbed his first offer last week. The rising junior camped with Appalachian State over the weekend and the Mountaineers really liked how he performed and extended the 6'2 170 pound prospect his first scholarship offer.
So how was it for McCloud to land his first offer from Appalachian State?
"It felt good but I'm not satisfied with just that one offer."
McCloud said the Mountaineers coaches said they love how physical at the line of scrimmage he is and how he utilizes his length.
We asked McCloud which schools were recruiting him the hardest right now?
"Probably South Carolina. The USC coaches said I have improved a lot from camping with them last year. I did really well at the camp. They told me to keep working hard and that they would be in close contact with me."
He also keyed us in on what Clemson has said to him thus far as well.
"Clemson basically said the same thing as USC but USC talked to me more about what to work on to get offered."
Currently McCloud says his press coverage abilities by getting his hands on people and using his length are his biggest strengths right now. He told us he'd like to work on improving his speed and playing off coverage more this off season heading into his junior season next year.
"My goals are to get stronger and faster. Also to keep working on my footwork at defensive back. I played wide receiver last season and had one touchdown but I'm unsure of my stats otherwise."
Given his 6'2 170 pound frame McCloud told us which player he tries to compare and pattern his game after.
"Richard Sherman because I'm a tall corner like him and I like to press."
McCloud talked with us about what factors he'll look at when choosing a school in a few years.
"Education, style of play, and if I'm going to be able to compete for a chance to start early will be important to me."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with McCloud as his recruitment is starting to heat up.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...NICK MCCLOUD
Bench press: 180 pounds (April 2014)
Squat: 350 pounds
Power clean: 190 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.6 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds
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