As if losing four commitments over the past week was not negative enough news for the Florida Gators, the news Monday night of Ray-Ray McCloud's decision to choose Clemson over UF had to sting.
McCloud, who many thought to be a Gators' leaner for most of the summer, announced Monday night that he will be joining best friend and Tampa Bay Tech ATH Deon Cain as a Clemson Tiger, yet another star prospect to bolt the Sunshine State for head coach Dabo Swinney's bunch in Death Valley.
Earlier this year, Orlando Lake Nona quarterback Tucker Israel pledged to Clemson, as did Orlando First Academy tight end Garrett Williams and Tampa Plant offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen.
Clemson is ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports.com overall team recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.
McCloud, who is ranked as the No. 24 player in the Sentinel's 2015 Florida Top 100, gives the Tigers another versatile athlete who can do many things out of the backfield as a runner or receiver.
He had a huge season as a junior, carrying the ball 300 times for 2,316 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, and on Instagram at os_recruiting.