McCormick says Army one of his top schools

It was an offer Maxwell McCormick had been hoping for ever since his visit to the West Point campus on August 16th. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound wide receiver prospect out of Toledo's St. John's Jesuit High School received a call from Tucker Waugh, Army's wide receiver coach, with the news of his second offer.

"The Army offer actually came through a couple of weeks ago," McCormick told ArmySports.com. "When I was on campus in August, Coach Waugh had explained to my father and I the admissions requirements. He said once I got that started an offer would be there for me.

"When I was at West Point, I loved it. The staff showed me love the entire time I was there. The facilities were outstanding as was the campus. I really enjoyed the place. I had been talking with Coach Bodine and Coach Waugh for awhile. They're the school that has been showing me the most attention so I decided to take the visit. When I was there, the freshmen orientation was going on. There were some guys who parachuted out onto the lawn. It gave me a chance to see how they do things.

"Coach Waugh thinks I'd be a big part of their receiving corps, that I'd be a big-time deep threat. He loves what I can do in getting open on deep routes. Being able to watch a scrimmage while I was on the visit gave me a good idea of what they're doing offensively. I liked it. Going into the military wasn't something I was thinking about at all. I didn't even know there was a five year commitment to the service after college. Now, after learning more, I'm really interested. I'd say Army is definitely one of my top schools for sure."

After becoming last season as a junior, McCormick came out string with eight catches for 131 yards in Week One. He had two touchdowns receptions against area-rival St. Francis de Sales in the Titans first win of the season on Friday night.

"It felt great to beat our big rival this weekend," he said. "I'm definitely doing a better job in my route running and in my ability to gain separation on the defender. It something I worked hard on all summer."

McCormick had a busy summer schedule with camps at Ohio State, Cornell, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, and Purdue.

"My first offer came from Cornell," he explained. "Coach Backus offered me the day before I went to their camp. I'm hearing from a number of schools but I'd have to say that Holy Cross and Miami of Ohio are the closest to offering.

"Academics are, first and foremost, the most important thing I look at in a college. I'm also looking at how i feel when I'm there. I want to be in a place I'm going to enjoy being at for the duration of my college life until I graduate. I love college programs with great fan base. That will be a key for me. Location doesn't matter. I don't feel like I need to be that close to home for college. I'm looking to find my own way."

Both of McCormick's parents and older sister attended the University of Pittsburgh. He said Pitt has been recruiting him lightly.

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