First Midyear CB Commits to Cougs

BYU tripped four hopeful JUCO cornerback recruits last weekend with hopes of landing as many as three of them as midyear transfers. Cougar coaches made their first offer to one of the four prospects earlier tonight. Coaches did not have to wait long for the offer to be accepted.

Michael McCoy is a a 5'10½", 180-pound cornerback from San Bernardino Community College who will sign a letter of intent on December 21st to play for the BYU Cougars. "They told me and all the other guys that they would let us know regarding an offer of a scholarship," said a high-spirited McCoy. "Coach Higgins called me tonight and offered that scholarship,"

So what did McCoy think upon receiving the offer? "Coach Higgins just asked me what I'd do if they offered me a scholarship and I just got real excited and I knew what was coming," McCoy recounted. "I was just so excited and called my mom right after and asked her what I should do and she told me that I'd better commit, so I did."

McCoy's mother joined him during his visit last weekend and was impressed with BYU, their football program and school in general along with McCoy. "We both had a great time", said McCoy. "It was just everything we thought it would be going in with what Coach Higgins told us and we learned some other things which made me want to attend and play for BYU even more."

McCoy called coach Higgins back right after talking to his mother and accepted the offer and then talked with head coach Bronco Mendenhall. "Coach Mendenhall just congratulated me and went over everything that was expected of me and all that," said McCoy. "That's what I like about him; he's always all-business and he lets you know exactly how he feels and what he expects."

The focus of McCoy's visit was not as much on football as on the academic and social aspects of attending BYU. "They really stressed academics and succeeding in things other than football while on our visit which I liked a lot," said McCoy. "Coach Mendenhall just reminded me and I'm sure he'll continue to remind me that other things outside of football are just as important if not more important, which is something I totally agree with. I know that at BYU I'll have a great opportunity to succeed on and off the football field. I just can't wait to get going."

McCoy was also impressed with his hosts. "We got to know the players real well attending team functions and attending practices," McCoy said. "My host was Jason Beck, and he was a really cool guy. The guy I hit it off most with during my visit was probably Justin Luettgerodt. I learned a lot from him about the school and the team. He's a great guy, we're a lot a like. I wish he wasn't graduating so we could play on the same team next year."

Contributing to the BYU football team immediately is chief among McCoy's goals. "They need corners and I'm going to do everything possible to help the team immediately starting with spring practices the moving into the fall," he said. "I just want to work as hard as possible and I know the best will become of it."

McCoy has three years to play two and is already eligible for a midyear transfer having completed his two-year degree. He spurned offers form Marshall and Kansas to commit to BYU. "I just know BYU is the place for me and if I wasn't completely sure it was, then I'm sure my mom would convince me that it was." laughed McCoy. "We're on the same page with me signing with BYU. Kansas and Marshall may be good programs and all, and I'm thankful for their offers, but I know in my heart that everything I need is at BYU. I know that I can succeed in football and other things at BYU. I'm just real excited to get going."

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