LB Kobe McCloud (6-0 208) of Tampa, the brother of former Clemson receiver Ray-Ray McCloud of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will try to do for the Clemson defense what his brother did for the offense. McCloud has announced a commitment to the Tigers after taking an official visit to the school last weekend. Boston College, Indiana and Arizona were his other Power Five offers.
McCloud is a speedy linebacker, not lightning fast like his brother, but fast enough to run down ball carriers, while also being able to drop back in pass coverage. That, he said earlier this week, is what Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and linebackers coach/defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin liked about his game.
“They love how versatile I am,” McCloud said. “They said wherever I fit in the best first year they’ll like me. They know I can cover, and I’ll hit, and matchup on tight ends. They like how I can play any of those positions. Sideline to sideline, that’s my strength.”
This past season McCloud totaled 80 tackles with 3 sacks and 3 interceptions.
McCloud is the second linebacker commitment for the class. He gives the Tigers 16 high school commitments for the 2022 class.