Ray-Ray McCloud has Gators in the mix

ST. PETERSBURG– 2015 running back Ray-Ray McCloud III (5-9, 175, Tampa, FL Sickles) wasn’t able to participate in the 2014 Under Armour All-American game combine. Instead, the scat back stood off to the side, a victim of a sprained Achilles tendon as the other athletes participated in various speed and agility drills.

Recently he’s received offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Indiana (he already has one from Florida, acquired last summer). He’s named the Gators as one of his top schools but will keep his options open and decide “when the time is right.”

UF wants him as a running back, but one Florida coach wants him on the opposite side of the ball.

“[The coaches told me they] need more speed to the offense,” McCloud said “At the same time, coach [Travaris Robinson] wants me to play DB as well.”

Despite going 4-8 last year, he isn’t phased by UF’s bad season in 2013.

“Teams have their up and downs, they’re just building from there,” McCloud said.

Florida will begin the process of building with a new offensive coordinator; UF has recently hired Kurt Roper after firing Brent Pease. McCloud is yet to watch Roper’s offense at work.

He’s seen more of the Gators’ main rivals than anythone else, taking two unofficial visits to Georgia and Kentucky, but he currently plans to attend UF’s junior day at the end of January as well as USF’s. He has also been on visits to Auburn, Louisville and Kentucky.

Although he’s been to many different places, Gainesville is special to him.

“Great town to be around, good surroundings and environment,” McCloud said. “For a football game it’s a great environment to be in.”

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Richard Johnson
Richard lives in Gainesville and prides himself in being a bonafide lifelong Alachua County Resident. He attends the University of Florida and is in his third year studying Telecommunications. He isn’t sure how he started loving football being the son of two immigrants that don’t care about the sport, but he has developed a borderline unhealthy obsession with it. In his free time, Richard watches other sports and is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Tampa Bay Rays. He doesn’t like chocolate, knows Moe’s is better than Chipotle and drinks way too many Arnold Palmers. He also took up golf in the summer of 2012. That pursuit isn’t going well. You can listen to him talk about sports during the Cheapseats radio show on ESPN 850-WRUF or online at WRUF.com. Follow him on Twitter at @RagjUF.