McCloud taking his time

UF's location could help the Gators with Ray-Ray McCloud III. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Tampa Sickles athlete Ray-Ray McCloud III visited Florida over the weekend for the third time this spring.

When a recruit makes that many trips to one school on his own dime, it’s usually a sign that a commitment could be coming.

But pulling the trigger didn’t cross McCloud’s mind Saturday at the Orange & Blue Debut.

“No it didn’t,” he said. “I want to take my time with it and look at all schools. I want to take more visits and not just rush into it.

“I’m embracing the moment right now, because it only comes around once.”

After checking out a practice last time, the purpose of McCloud’s latest visit to UF was letting his mother see the school.

“It was more about them meeting my mom,” he said. “My mom is more about academics than my dad. She wants to come next time and do the academic process and administration part of it.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, who is still unsure about whether he wants to play tailback or corner, plans to visit Auburn on Tuesday and then UCLA and Ole Miss in the future. McCloud also wants to make return trips to Florida State and Miami.

He’ll be back in Gainesville as well.

“It’s not too far from home,” McCloud said. “It’s right around the corner. I have nothing else to do, so I just come and watch Florida play in The Swamp. Nothing better than that.”

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  1. Take your time, make sure you want to attend the school you commit to, After all, you’ll be there for at least three years, a life time at your young age. Give thought to where you want to live after college (and your pro career, if you’re fortunate enough to go pro). That said, nowhere but at The University of Florida will you be able to find a place that will prepare you for the next level of sports, serve you well academically, prepare you for a career after football, as well as help you make connections with business and political leaders who can further your career. Go Gators, it’s just the smart thing to do.

  2. I told him to make sure he is definite about his matter where he decides even it is not UF…told him not to play games like Cook did last year..that when he commits…to honor it. He is a very nice young man!