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USF quarterback Jordan McCloud announces he’s entering transfer portal

The Plant High alumnus started 16 games over the past two seasons.
USF quarterback Jordan McCloud runs for extra yards in the third quarter of the Bulls' 58-46 loss to UCF on Nov. 27 at Raymond James Stadium.
USF quarterback Jordan McCloud runs for extra yards in the third quarter of the Bulls' 58-46 loss to UCF on Nov. 27 at Raymond James Stadium. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Dec. 26, 2020

A month after arguably his finest game at USF, third-year sophomore quarterback Jordan McCloud has announced he’s entering the NCAA transfer portal.

A Plant High alumnus, McCloud made the announcement on social media Saturday morning.

“This decision was in no way an easy one,” McCloud wrote, “but is a path I need to follow in order to grow more as both a student and an athlete.”

McCloud’s announcement comes in the immediate wake of the NCAA’s early signing period, which created a logjam in the Bulls’ quarterback room. The Bulls signed Seminole High three-star prospect Timmy McClain, a left-handed dual threat who led his program to the Class 8A state title; and added former Miami quarterback Jarren Williams, the ‘Canes’ 2019 opening-day starter.

For now, the Bulls’ quarterback room also includes North Carolina transfer Cade Fortin and rising sophomores Jordan Smith and Katravis Marsh.

McCloud made 16 starts over the past two seasons. He was thrust into action in the third game of the 2019 season and remained the starter practically out of necessity when injuries decimated the position.

He completed 55.4 percent of his passes that year (124-for-224) for 1,429 yards, 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions, compiling a 4-6 record as a starter.

He retained the starting job in 2020 following an intense, abbreviated quarterback derby under a new coaching regime but struggled mightily with the rest of the offense, hindered by depth issues and the transition to a new system.

But he sparkled in what would be his Bulls finale, passing for 404 yards (the fourth-highest single-game total in program history) and four touchdowns with no interceptions in a 58-46 loss to UCF on Nov. 27.

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