McCord Likes the Four He's Visited

At 6-3 and 223 pounds, Tyriq McCord has the size to play defensive end and the speed to end up as an outside linebacker. This four-star prospect out of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Florida is continuing to turn heads. McCord is a natural athlete with a competitive mentality who describes himself as "motivated, determined, reckless, and flawless."

With double digit offers from some of the top football programs in the country, Tyriq McCord is anticipating a tough decision this fall. While he does not plan to announce a top five until the start of his senior year, McCord says a few schools are standing out.

"Right now, all the schools I've visited have impressed me which is USC Trojans, USC Gamecocks, Florida, and North Carolina," McCord said.

McCord has also received offers from Georgia, Illinois, Miami, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Oregon, Rutgers, South Florida, and Texas Tech.

While McCord says distance is not really a factor in his decision, he says it most likely will be for his parents. But, if there is one thing McCord and his parents can agree on, it is the importance of a good education.

"I am looking for a school with great academics, education is the main thing. As well as good coaching relationships, playing time, and that's pretty much it," McCord said.

While he admits his parents may want him to stay close to home, McCord says he was very excited to visit Southern California. This week, McCord is participating in the Trojans' camp.

"The USC camp is going great. There are a lot of athletes from every where and I love the different competition from the prospects from different coasts of The United States," McCord said.

McCord did not participate in The University of Florida's camp but says he did make a visit to Gainesville.

"My UF visit was mainly for my parents. They wanted to see the academic side of Florida and they impressed myself and my parents. I love everything about Florida, the only thing I wish I could change is the weather," McCord said.

McCord has developed a good relationship with Florida's new defensive end coach, Derek Lewis. McCord describes Coach Lewis as "funny but serious at the same time."

McCord says Florida is recruiting him as a linebacker and a defensive end. And while his impressive running ability and lateral agility will help him at both positions, he doesn't have a preference and adds he would like to play both.

The playing field is still wide open for McCord and he has no plans of committing any time soon. But with some of the rawest talent among the 2012 recruiting class, McCord doesn't deny that he is getting a lot of attention.

"All schools are recruiting me hard to be honest. And honestly, I love all the schools so far. They all have tradition, facilities are nice and some are new. It's great," McCord said.

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