Gators after 2015 Tampa athletes Cain, McCloud


Tampa athletes Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud III were two of the best 2015 recruits at Florida’s annual Friday Night Lights showcase in July.

Since then, UF has been among the schools recruiting them the hardest.

2015 Tampa Sickles athlete Ray-Ray McCloud III has 21 offers thus far. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Arizona, Clemson, Ohio State, Ole Miss, UCLA are also heavily pursuing McCloud, a Rivals100 member out of Tampa Sickles.

Only two of those schools, Clemson and Florida, have received visits from McCloud. He’s taken trips to Auburn, Georgia, Louisville and Vanderbilt as well.

His comfort level with coaches is the determining factor in his decision, which will come “when the time feels right.”

The 5-foot-10, 172-pounder doesn’t claim an early leader, but UF is in the running.

“Florida is one of my top schools,” McCloud said. ‘The coaches are real good people. The offense is changing to a spread, so that really has my attention right now. It’s close to home and it’s an SEC town. I would like to stay close to home, but I’m willing to go anywhere.”

McCloud prefers to play running back, the position he’s being recruited for by the Gators. Their 2013 season hasn’t caused him to lose interest.

“Teams have their up and downs,” he said. “Last year Florida almost made it the national championship. They just need to get some more players and build up from there.”

Cain picked up some new offers in December, but one stood out the most.

“Florida’s meant a lot to me,” he said. “I know I did good at Friday Night Lights, and I think I deserved the offer then. But it takes time. I knew I was going to get it sooner or later. Florida is a good school to me and I was raised around a lot of Gators.”

2015 Tampa Bay Tech athlete Deon Cain plans to attend Junior Days at Florida and Florida State. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Cain grew up in a house dividend of Florida and Florida State fans, and he rooted for the Seminoles.

FSU was his early front-runner, but with more schools starting to recruit him, he now calls everybody even. His other favorites are Clemson and Tennessee.

Like McCloud, the Gators grabbed Cain’s attention with hire of Kurt Roper.

“They got a new OC, and I see they’re going to progress well under him,”  Cain said. “I saw the scheme he had at Duke, and it was pretty nice. I like it. I think I’ll fit well in his offense. Joker Phillips, the receivers coach, he was telling me I could make a lot of big plays and get so many yards.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Tampa Bay Tech hopes to make a decision following his senior season, and playing time is his top priority. The Rivals250 member is being recruited by UF as an athlete.

“It doesn’t matter where I play,” Cain said. “I just want to get on the field fast.”


  1. James go home. You clearly have no clue what you’re talking about. 1st This is 2015 recruits so very much not plan C. 2nd We’ve flipped Ryan Sousa from FSU to UF and we beat FSU for David Sharpe, Moral Stephens, Duke Dawson, among others. 3rd We still are in very good position for several amazing recruits including Adoree Jackson (who has us in his top 8 but not FSU, ouch), Lorenzo Carter, Damian Prince, Isaiah McKenzie, Eric Lauderdale, Myles Autry (Impressed me more than either Cook or Lane comparing highlight tapes), jeff Jones (outplayed Cook in Under Armor game), Derrel Scott, etc. So again go watch some more football before you try to come in on the grown ups conversation.

  2. Like I said Arizona you are whistling thru the cemetery. The National Champs let Sousa go and you know need for Stephan’s and you know the champs will land Carter. That will be a fight with our cousins UGA.

    I think I know football pretty god , so don’t try and think you have any idea what your talking about. I’m a technician..

    Please refer us to the Nat. Champs from here on out. Thx

  3. Uh huh. I’d say that too if my national championship team was getting beat out by 4-8 team. Must hurt that guys like Duke Dawson and Adoree Jackson won’t even talk to your guys because a 4-8 team is recruiting them. Haha Have fun getting overshadowed by a 4-8 team.

  4. Fischer, here we go again- you just refuse to go to your room as you were told. no one wants to hear your nonsense. We will refer to you as National Chumps, with a QB that should not even be playing. However, Tally is well known for low moral and ethical standards to go with low academic standards, so I guess you fit right in. I just don’t understand your juvenile need to continue to antagonize people. Have you always been a sociopath or is it a recent development?