TAMPA – Sickles is under new command at both head coach and quarterback. Rising junior Jordan McCloud will play quarterback for the first time in his prep career under recently hired head coach Patrick Murphy.
McCloud, a 6’0″, 172-pounder is up from his 155-pound frame last season. He’s aiming to get to 180 lbs. before August. It will be McCloud under center with USF commit and 2016 graduate Chris Oladokun gone.
He played the last spring game at quarterback when Oladokun was recovering from an injury.
“He [Oladokun] taught me a lot about the reads and the offensive system,” McCloud said. “We have a new system in place this year.”
McCloud says this year’s spring game against Gaither went well for him.
“I learned about the end of the game type of situations and better reads. It’s fun controlling the game at quarterback. Wins are all on you and losses are all on you.”
After spending his freshman season at running back and slot receiver and last season at cornerback, he says the team has rallied around his position switch.
“A lot of the wide receivers are in my classes so we all have good chemistry which makes me confident for the season.”
Even though he only played in five games as a sophomore due to a torn hamstring in the summer, he still managed 24 tackles, four pass breakups and an interception (video here). He’ll play there again in emergency situations behind starters Timarcus Simpson and Anthony Quintana.
Football is in his blood
McCloud comes from a successful football family with his father Ray McCloud, the co-founder of Unsigned Preps playing college ball at Arkansas and high school ball at Leto. His older brother Ray Ray McCloud, a former Sickles standout is currently a rising sophomore at Clemson.
“He [Ray Ray] has gotten me prepared working out with him and getting reps behind him all the time. He teaches me more about the game everyday. He tells me to stay calm and keep my composure and not to let my emotions get to me.”
He calls his brother his biggest role model because the two are inseparable when Ray Ray comes to town.
Watching his brother on Saturday’s is something he calls very exciting.
“It’s great to see how hard we work together and now how great he’s doing in college. Whenever he scores it is very exciting.”
He says he can’t help but daydream about being in his shoes and playing against Ray Ray someday at the next level.
McCloud has interest from four schools including Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, USF. He says Clemson is very interested as they send him letters almost daily and he’s been in touch often with their recruiters.
Starting his football life at age 5, McCloud shined as a running back and says he started to realize he could be a legitimate threat in seventh grade. “I scored a lot and people came up to me telling me how good I did,” he says.
He calls his feet and accuracy his biggest strengths as a quarterback while his technique is his top attribute as a cornerback.
McCloud wants to improve his deep ball skills at quarterback and his off coverage ability at cornerback.
He says the team is starting to get it together under Murphy’s command. In February, he took over for Brian Turner, who led Sickles to a 50-19 record over the last six seasons.
“We are starting to get better chemistry now with him [Murphy]. He’s only been here two months, but we are getting more confident and learning the offensive system.”
McCloud’s ultimate goal is to be the same person he is off the field all the time and on the field make it to the NFL.
Learning behind his father and brother, two players that know how hard it is to get to the next level certainly helps. McCloud is beyond athletic and as he bulks up for his role as a dual-threat quarterback, Sickles is in better hands.
Jordan McCloud will be fun to watch this season. Following in the footsteps of Chris Oladokun I wouldn’t be shocked to see McCloud exceed expectations. The offers will be coming his way very soon.
Favorite player to watch – Clemson RB Ray Ray McCloud, Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Vernon Hargreaves III
Playlist before games – Young Thug, Kodak Black, YFN Lucci
Favorite movies – Friday series, Waste Deep, Remember The Titans
Favorite TV show – Martin
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “Baseball was my first passion. I started playing baseball at the same age as football.”
Nickname from teammates or friends – “J-Boe”
Game film: McCloud’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Scott Purks/Tampa Bay Times
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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