McCloud wants his mom to see Florida

On Thursday the Gators hosted two Tampa area prospects for unofficial visits before spring practice starts next week.

One of those prospects was athlete Ray Ray McCloud (5-10, 170, Tampa, FL Sickles) who enjoyed watching the Gators simulate a pro day during the visit.

“It went real well, me and Deon [Cain] had a good time,” McCloud said. “It was just a good day we went up there and talked to the coaches and watched the players go through their practice pro day thing.”

McCloud was able to see all of the current players practice what it would be like to go through a pro day and the Tampa product found the practice something that was unique to the University of Florida.

“It was good to see them go through that and compete,” McCloud said. “I’ve never seen a school practice a pro day like that. I think it’s cool to see that because it shows that the coaches are trying to get their players prepared for the pro day itself.”

For McCloud he enjoyed visiting Florida with his friend Deon but he wants to get back up to Florida for another visit when he plans to bring his mom with him.

“I’m going back up to watch Florida practice so I can get my mom up there,” McCloud said. “She’s a big factor in my recruitment and she hasn’t seen Florida yet. I love my mom and she’s always going to have my back so if she isn’t feeling it at the school then that will impact my decision.”

Besides visiting Florida sometime soon the Tampa athlete also has two other visits lined up for the month of March.

“I’m supposed to be going to Clemson sometime this month,” McCloud said. “On the 25th of March I’m going down to Miami and I’m going to a spring practice at Florida.”

After McCloud takes visits this spring and summer and is able to see all of the schools that he’s interested than he plans to narrow things down.

“I want to narrow things down before the season,” McCloud said.

McCloud earned an invite to the Opening in July after his performance on Saturday at the Orlando NFTC camp.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.