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Tampa Plant Quarterback Jordan McCloud Verbally Commits to USF Football

Another day, another verbal commitment for USF’s Class of 2018. Today they picked up a local signal-caller from their own backyard.

NCAA Football: Florida A&M at South Florida
Everyone is this picture including the crowd-surfing girl have made their verbal commitments to USF official.
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The weekend recruiting explosion for USF football spilled over into Monday when Tampa Plant quarterback Jordan McCloud made himself the 13th 2018 verbal commit for the Bulls in five days, bringing the class total to 26.

QB Jordan McCloud

6'0", 180 pounds

Plant High School, Tampa, FL

Recruiting Ratings: Listed as a 3-star by 247, Rivals, and Scout. 0.8195 Composite score by 247.

Other Notable Offers: Oregon, Maryland, Iowa State

Starting at QB for Sickles last season (where he was teammates with fellow 2018 verbal commit Jontrey Hunter), the Tampa-born signal caller transferred to state powerhouse Plant this past offseason. (I’m sure that was totally on the level. -ed.) He'll lead a Panther offense one year removed from an appearance in the Class 7A state championship game.

The hometown gunslinger becomes just the second Tampa based product in this recruiting class to decide to roll with USF. He told Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times that being close to home was a major factor in his decision.

Notably, he is the younger brother of Sickles High School legend and current Clemson wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, who once upon a time strongly considered USF before ultimately heading to South Carolina.

According to the 247 rankings, USF has shot up to the 42nd-ranked class in the nation for this recruiting cycle, putting them an eyelash behind Cincinnati for nut just tops in the AAC, but the entire G5.

Of course, of course, of course it's still way too early to write things into stone as things can change on a dime. But this is still a pretty damn good start by this coaching staff and should be noted.

Oh, and something about not tweeting at recruits or something.