CSD TV: McCoy Talks Recruiting

College of the Sequoias (Calif.) DT Lavon McCoy, aka "280", had verbal offers from about half the schools in the Pac-10 conference his senior year at Los Angeles Washington Prep. However, he did not score high enough on his SAT to qualify. He had to go the JUCO route, and after a year, he finds himself back in the mix. CSD caught up with McCoy recently at COS to talk about his recruitment…

Lavon McCoy gets tired of explaining the origin of his nickname. How does a nearly 6-foot-4, 350-pound 19-year-old get the nickname "280"?

In short, as a high school freshman, he effortlessly benched "280" pounds one day in the weight room and since no one knew his name – at the time – they started calling him "280".

McCoy says Arizona, Arizona State, California, and USC were among his verbal offers as a senior while playing both offensive and defensive line at Los Angeles Washington Prep during the 2007-08 season. He says Cal was recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball at either guard or tackle. However, last season for College of the Sequoias, he cemented a spot on the defensive line.

"280" waiting to take his reps on Wednesday at COS.

He is expected to start at defensive tackle in 2009 and shore up a defensive line that loses two starters who signed with FBS schools last season. On paper, few match his physical skills. Despite weighing well over 300 pounds, he is extremely light on his feet. His consistently runs a sub 5.0 forty, his best time being 4.88. But his biggest attribute is his sheer strength.

McCoy has benched the NFL 225-pound bench test a whopping 43 times and benches over 500 pounds, but he has not maxed recently. He is the quintessential nose tackle – a natural fit in the 3-4 defensive front.

He says Arkansas, Auburn, and Cal among others have been by this spring to evaluate him. McCoy talks about his recruitment, academic standing, and favorites in this CSD TV interview…

Lavon McCoy Interview –

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