Most Southeast Georgia high school football players, who are talented enough to be recruited by college programs, usually wind up visiting and signing with a local school or one from the south, but so far that has not been the case for Toombs County High School senior quarterback Trey Cloud.
This past weekend Cloud, who is an excellent student, visited Cornell University (Ivy League) in Ithaca, New York and Lehigh University (Patriot League) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and he has upcoming visits at four more Ivy League schools in the northeast- Princeton, Yale, Brown and Columbia.
“I sent my video (highlights) to a bunch of different schools, I have good grades, so I sent it to all the Ivy League Schools,” Cloud said. “Lehigh actually contacted coach Marsh. So, I sent my information there and that is how the process started and they invited me to camp.”
Cloud liked both schools citing Cornell’s large stadium and nice facilities as a plus and he said Lehigh also has a nice stadium and that the coaches at the camp really worked with the players one-on-one to help them get better.
As for the cities, Trey immediately noticed that he was consistently walking up hill compared the ultra flat Southeast Georgia.
Cornell is a large Ivy League school with an enrollment of nearly 24,000 and is located in Ithaca, New York population 30,000. It is located in the Finger Lakes in central New York with 11 lakes.
Lehigh is a smaller school (enrollment 7,000) in a larger city. The school is located in Bethlehem in eastern Pennsylvania. The city population is 75,000, nut there are more than 800,000 in the entire Lehigh Valley area.
On the football field Cornell went 3-7 and Lehigh 3-8 in 2018.
Trey has no qualms about leaving Toombs County to play somewhere up in the northeast. “I can see myself going up there and playing football. It is really nice up there. I like it down here too, but if the right opportunity is there I would go.”
“I am looking for teams that want me and run an offense that is a balanced attack or passes more. I am really just looking for a school that I can get a good degree that will work after college. I am looking for a good fit for me where I like the coaching staff, I like the place and I like everything about it.”
Cloud has also visited Stetson University in Deland, Florida and he has an offer from Rhodes College in Memphis and he is going there for a camp. Rhodes is a Division 3 school with an enrollment of just over 2,000. Last season the Lynx went 5-5.
Trey says he doesn’t have a favorite school yet and he is in no rush to make a decision on his future collegiate home. He would like to have big Bulldog senior season which would open up even more opportunities.
In the 2018 Bulldog season Trey started at quarterback for the first time on the varsity level and he complete 101-for-212 passes (47.6%) for 1541 yards 10 TD’s and 6 interceptions. In the Spring Game- against Johnson High School- he was very precise with his throws completing 12-of-19 passes to 10 different receivers for 324 yards. He threw for three TD’s and scored twice. Cloud ran for 45 yards on 12 carries to lead the Dawgs in rushing.
“I think I have improved a lot. Last year was just doing anything to get the ball to the right guy and make the right read and this year I am focused on being more fundamental and getting my footwork right and making right reads and just trying to put the offense in a position to score every drive.”