Class of 2015 Rivals250 athlete RayRay McCloud III has plenty of options when it comes to where he's going to play his college football, but for now, the Tampa (Fla.) Sickles athlete is keeping an open mind.
"Right now my options are open," he said recently. "Ohio State, Clemson, Florida and USF are among the schools pushing for me the hardest.
McCloud plays both running back and defensive back and has excelled at both positions at marquee events. He said while most schools want him on offense, he's not opposed to playing defensive at the next level.
"They're recruiting me at running back right now," he said. "Whatever gives me the best options that's what I'm going to do. I'm still open to playing both ways."
With a fall schedule that included trips to several schools in the Southeast, McCloud is hoping to expand his horizons in the coming months.
"I'm going to try to get out of state and see some schools," he said. "Probably UCLA, if USC offers I'm going to visit there. I'm also going to go to Ohio State, Clemson, Arizona and Kentucky."
McCloud said the Buckeyes are an intriguing option because of their offense and they way they used freshman Dontre Wilson this past season.
"I want to play in a creative offense that spreads the ball around," he said. "Wilson was real god in the open field and they way they used him is the way I can see myself being used in college."
The use of Wilson combined with Ohio State's tradition are two factors contributing to McCloud's interest.
"They have a good running back tradition and they feed their running backs the ball and let them make plays," he said. "That's what I want to do."
With UCLA having already offered and scheduled to get a trip soon, McCloud said he continues to learn more about the program.
"I haven't watched too much of them but I've really been studying the schools that are after me," he said. "They play as a family, and they spread ball around. Right now I'm just talking to the coaches and building a relationship."
McCloud said he doesn't have any plans to announce a decision anytime soon, only that he'll decide "whenever the time feels right."