August 16, 2011

McCray up to four offers

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Ohio is known for producing outstanding linebackers and the class of 2013 already has a few that are holding verbal offers, including Trotwood (Ohio) Madison product Mike McCray. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound prospect is up to four offers after some impressive camp performances this summer. We caught up with McCray on Saturday afternoon after Trotwood's Red/White scrimmage to get the latest on his recruitment.

"I have offers from Tennessee, Purdue, Syracuse, and Toledo," said McCray. "Right now, Tennessee is my favorite. I like their campus, coaches, and the facilities."

While McCray isn't ready to stop at just four offers, the comfort of knowing that he already has some options has been a blessing for him.

"It feels good," McCray said of the offers. "It's just like a dream come true basically."

On the field, McCray has high expectations this fall as he hopes to get his Trotwood teammates back to Stark County to avenge last year's defeat in the division II state championship.

"My expectations for the team are to win the conference and try and make it back to state," he said.

Luckily, McCray won't have to do it alone. The Rams' defense could have as many as five or six future division I prospects in the starting lineup this fall.

"They help me out a lot really because that doesn't put as much pressure on me," he said. "I know they've got my back at all times."

Despite the recruiting attention, McCray knows there is still room for improvement and he assessed his strengths and weaknesses.

"I'm working on my feet and learning how to get off blocks better," he said. "My strengths are my speed and I'm physical."

Coach's take:

We caught up with Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglass on Saturday after the Rams' annual Red/White scrimmage to get his thoughts on his top prospects, including McCray.

"Mike's strengths are his ability to play a number of different spots," Douglass said. "He has the ability to play defensive end, we've played him at MIKE linebacker, and we've played him at SAM, and we've played him at WILL, we've played him at safety, and we flex him out on offense in our four-wideout set, so his versatility is probably his strong suit. He's also a very intelligent player as far as his football IQ."


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