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DC Backer Likes Looks Of Ohio State
Linebacker Rico McCoy certainly isn't sweating the recruiting process. In fact, when reached Monday evening, he was talking more about his senior season at St. John's College Prep than about the offers he's gotten.
Washington, D.C., linebacker Rico McCoy is among the nation's most coveted defenders after making 120 stops as a junior.
And pretty impressive offers they are.
"I can't keep track, really," McCoy said, chuckling. "I know it's a lot."
A four-star prospect and Rivals.com's 14th-ranked outside linebacker, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound McCoy has received offers from Ohio State, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Maryland, Syracuse and Boston College. He also lists Nebraska as a school he's interested in.
"I would probably say Miami and Ohio State right now. It's a tie. Be sure to write that it's a tie," McCoy said when asked about the order of his list. "I really haven't thought much about it. Those two are up there, but Maryland and Syracuse have been coming at me pretty hard from the beginning. My brother plays at Syracuse and I went to Maryland's camp for one day because it's so close. I wasn't planning on going to any camps this summer, but that one was a quick stop and it was close by."
McCoy, who projects as an outside linebacker in college, will roam the middle for Washington, D.C., St. John's this season, and that's only appropriate given whom he models his game after and the region he plays in.
"My favorite players are LaVar Arrington and Ray Lewis," McCoy said. "I'm athletic and I like to hit. That's why I play defense. I'll play running back again this year, but my heart is really with defense. I watch a lot of film. I want to know everything about the players I'm going up against and I want to be able to get our team in the right position."
There are definitely some aspects of Ohio State that have made McCoy think long and hard about the Buckeyes.
"I talked to Cornelius Green recently and he taled so much about Ohio State and his time there," McCoy said. "Man, does he love that place. His son is on my team and he's always telling me about the Buckeyes and how great the tradition is. I know a lot about them and it would be cool to be part of that.
"Our coach last year was Elliott Uzelac, and he used to coach at Ohio State. We ran nothing but option on offense, which is why I like playing defense so much. I was a power back in an option offense. We have a new coach this year. I think Coach Uzelac is coaching at Georgetown University."
McCoy said he likely wouldn't formulate his official visit list until late November but mentioned that OSU, Miami, Nebraska and Pittsburgh are consistently in his thought process. He may take officials to Maryland and Syracuse but is so familiar with both that formal trips may not be necessary.
Currently working out every afternoon, McCoy is preparing himself for the rigors of the upcoming season as well as life beyond high school.
"We started out 6-0 last year and then went into kind of a free fall. I don't want that to happen again," he said. "I've been working with a personal trainer every day to get better."
As for the criteria that will determine where he goes to college, McCoy said it's pretty simple.
"I just want to have a chance to start at least three years," he said. "I'll probably take a redshirt no matter where I go. Looking at Ohio State, they have about five or six guys who will be playing a lot this year, and four of them are juniors and one's a senior. So by the time I got there and redshirted, I'd have a good chance to play a lot."
For now, McCoy, a 2.7 student who will take both the ACT and SAT in September, will sit back, enjoy the offers he's getting and go about the business of playing the best football he can.
"I'm liking this," McCoy said. "It's not everyone who has a chance to be recruited, so I'm going with the flow. I'm not really in much of a hurry to decide. I'll let things play themselves out and then go from there."