Duke Prioritizing 2016 OL Jay Jay McCargo

The Blue Devils have started 2016 off with a handful of big time commitments and are looking to continue to add more high major prospect. One of the top offensive linemen on the board is Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell offensive tackle Jay-Jay McCargo. We spoke with him about Duke’s early interest and more.

“Right now I have offers from Boston College, Clemson, Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Penn State, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia,” said Arlington (Va.) Bishop O’Connell offensive tackle Jay-Jay McCargo. “I’ve taken visits to Duke, Penn State, North Carolina, and Temple.”

Though it’s early and the visits he’s taken are more exploratory than anything else, McCargo says he’s come up with an idea of how to measure the various programs against one another.

“When you’re on a visit it is really easy to see the good, but you have to try to see what’s not so good as well. I ask myself if I could see myself being comfortable at this place for the next four or five seasons. That’s what’s most important.”

And it appears as though he’s got an initial impression of the four programs who hosted him so far.

“I’d say I have a feel for a few places already, yes. It’s helped me know I want to keep those schools in the mix, and gave me a chance to meet the people at each place.”

At 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, McCargo projects as an offensive tackle at most programs, and while he’s developing an opinion of the programs recruiting him, the various coaching staffs are coming to a consensus about the player as well.

“They’ve all told me they really like my footwork. They think I’m an athletic kid who does well with pass blocking. I’ve also heard that I need to continue to finish my blocks, and for a while I was bad about tipping where I was going. So, I’ve worked on those two things over the past year.”

That scouting report was echoed when he visited Durham and had a chance to sit down with his recruiting coaches and the rest of the staff.

“I’ve talked with Coach Johnson, Coach Latina, and Coach Roper. We talk a lot, and I do really like the Duke coaching staff. On the visit I had a good time with all of them. I liked the campus, and it seemed like a mature place. They are also building a lot with the stadium, and it should be totally finished by the time I’d get there in 2016.”

That’s the good, but since he admits to looking for the “not so good”, what were the red flags when he visited Duke?

“I guess, maybe, it’s the lack of tradition. When you talk about Duke Football program you don’t get the same reaction as, say, Clemson. Also, you deal with a different type of person as a student there. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the level of academics is very different from other places.”

With a decision timeline still somewhat fuzzy, McCargo says he’s now focusing on the Spring portion of football.

“I know I definitely want to get back down to Duke in the Spring because they made a really good impression. I’m also going to look at other junior days to attend at the other schools recruiting me.”

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