As his Clemson career comes to an end, wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud made an impact on the program. In his three seasons as a Tiger the junior out of Tampa had 127 receptions for 1,226 yards and four career touchdowns.
During his final season in 2017, McCloud finished third on the team with 49 catches for 503 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 12.1 yards per punt return and had 25 returns for 303 yards, including a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown at N.C. State in November.
After the Tigers’ disappointing loss to Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff Sugar Bowl, McCloud had a very important decision to make as to whether or not he would forgo his senior year at Clemson. Then on Jan. 7, he announced was going to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
“My decision to come to Clemson was one of the best decisions of my life,” McCloud said when he declared for the draft. “The amount of success we’ve had as a team has been unbelievable and something that I will always cherish and never forget.”
McCloud was quick to show his appreciation for his teammates. Over his three years as a Tiger McCloud and his teammates won three consecutive ACC Championships, played in three College Football Playoff and won the national title in 2016.
There are numerous people who have aided in the success McCloud had at Clemson, but the Tiger fans are some of the most important to him.
“Clemson fans have truly been a blessing in my life and to whom I feel I owe a great deal of gratitude for all of the love and support.”
No matter what the future holds for McCloud he knows he will always be a Tiger at heart and that orange and purple will always be within him.
“I am truly thankful for all of the memories we share and I will always bleed orange and purple,” McCloud said.