Here’s a bit of advice for recruit-niks: don’t listen to the self-proclaimed experts. When it comes to the recruiting process, there is no such thing as an expert. Only the athletes and the people close to them really know what is going on. So when someone like Josh Newberg from 247 Sports’ pops on Twitter to tell you things like Ray-Ray McCloud will back out of his commitment to Clemson, ignore it.
If you want the truth about recruiting, go on what the athlete or his family says. TigerNet writer Nikki Steele caught up with McCloud’s family and what they told her should assuage any lingering concerns.
McCloud’s father, Ray McCloud, Jr., said he has told the Clemson coaches and wants all of the fans to know that his son is 100 percent committed to Clemson.
“I talked to Coach [Tony] Elliott and told him not to listen to the media,” McCloud, Jr. told TigerNet Wednesday afternoon. “Ray will be at Clemson. He knows me. He knows he doesn’t have to question it.”
Steele wrote that the continued speculation “angered McCloud’s family.” Ray-Ray’s father also suggested that his job assisting athletes with the recruiting process may be playing a part in the continued speculation about his son.
“Ray did a good job and he kept people surprised,” he said. “That’s why they keep going on about it. All of the schools keep recruiting him. With what I do – I take a lot of kids places – I work for a recruiting service. So, people see me here or there and they get all of these ideas. Clemson is the perfect place for him spiritually and everything.”
McCloud’s father also confirmed that Ray-Ray has already submitted his paperwork to Clemson and plans to enroll in January, saying that his son is “good to go.”
The fact that his father deals with the recruiting process professionally also means that he knows exactly what his son can get out of it. Meaning that even if he goes on visits, it doesn’t mean he is backing out on Clemson. There is nothing wrong with him taking those trips just for the sake of traveling and having some fun. So don’t worry so much about him. After all, as Ray-Ray McCloud himself tweeted just this morning, “Nothing like waking up a Tiger.”