McCoy Looks Forward to Provo Visit

Originally from Los Angeles, Calif., Mike McCoy did not think BYU would be a good fit for him when the school began showing interest. After conversations with BYU coaches and friends of current players, however, the junior college cornerback is thinking differently.

"I have a cousin who is very good friends with Curtis Brown who was BYU's leading rusher," explained Mike McCoy. "Through him, I've come to learn a lot about BYU and I'm thinking that it's definitely a place I could play and attend school."

McCoy just completed his second season for San Bernardino Junior College, which was cut short due to injury. In the six games he played , McCoy recorded two interceptions, 10 pass deflections and 55 tackles. "I feel that I can tackle well, and I'm really confident in reading offenses and what they're going to do," he said. "I feel that my strength as a defensive back is in reading what the offense is going to do."

Speed is of course a necessary asset for any cornerback hoping to play at the division one level and McCoy has that, "I can run under a 4.5 forty," said McCoy. "I was timed running a 4.48 forty here recently and I feel that I can stay with most receivers."

McCoy is eligible to transfer midyear and participate in spring ball at whatever school he signs with. McCoy completed his associate's degree in three semesters and is set to go. Said McCoy, "I finished school fast and now I'm in a good position to succeed as best I can for a D-1 school."

So will that school ultimately be BYU? "When BYU first recruited me I was like, ‘Whoa, I don't know about going there,'" McCoy recollected. "I just thought BYU was a school that was very strict and you couldn't do much of anything, then my cousin talked to me and told me that Curtis (Brown) went there and loved it. I learned that BYU just asked people to be good and not party and I'm all for that. Fitting in shouldn't be a problem at all since I'm all about being a good guy and doing what I have to do."

McCoy's primary contact has been Patrick Higgins, and he also talked briefly with cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell. McCoy looks forward to a scheduled in-home visit from Coach Higgins and at least one other coach next week. "I like what I've heard about BYU so far," expressed McCoy. "I'm just excited to learn more about the school and the team and then go out and visit them."

McCoy doesn't have any offers at the time besides BYU although Illinois was recruiting him hard before receiving a commit from another JC cornerback. TBS will follow up with McCoy next week about his in-home visit.


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