RECRUITING: McCarthy Expects Look From UF Friday

Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker Colin McCarthy has impressed many over the summer with his rigorous efforts in various camps. Florida defensive coaches expect to have a clearer picture of his abilities in action next weekend.

(Colin McCarthy profile)

"My coach (Mike Jalazo) said that Coach (Charlie) Strong is supposed to be here watching when we play (Tampa) Jesuit next weekend," McCarthy stated. "My coach will talk to him after the game. I hope to impress him. I'd like to get an offer from Florida. I really like them."

The three schools that have recruited McCarthy (6-3 215) the most in recent weeks have been Ohio State, Penn State, and Miami. He has offers from each of them. He told me last month that he hoped to have an offer in hand from Coach Urban Meyer and the Gators when he departed Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp in July. The offer never materialized.

McCarthy put up some tremendous numbers playing both ways for the Marauders as a junior. He totaled 163 tackles, four sacks, and five interceptions predominantly at linebacker but doubling as a safety in passing situations. McCarthy reads and reacts to the ball perhaps as well as any defender in The Sunshine State.

He's a good enough athlete that he never leaves the field. He made his mark on the offensive side of the ball when he caught 32 passes for 525 yards and eight touchdowns splitting time between tight end and wide receiver at CCC.

McCarthy turned plenty of heads with his times at the Scout combine in Tampa last spring. He ran a searing shuttle time of 4.31 seconds and a forty time of 4.6.

Florida coaches have taken note of his junior season and camp accomplishments. It would appear that the Florida coaches want see a little more before determining whether an offer is in order for McCarthy. That is not an altogether unusual practice. There is no doubt that CCC teammate and all-state athlete Riley Cooper is worth seeing in person as well.

Clearwater Central blasted 4A Stuart Martin County 20-3 Friday night in a game that was called due to lightning with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter. McCarthy scored the game's first touchdown on a 15-yard reception from quarterback Andrew Nowels. Defensively, McCarthy made several stops where he displayed his quickness and speed to the ball.

McCarthy told me last month that while he is not ready to make a decision at this time, he believed he was a perfect candidate for the program because of his work ethic.

"They're (Florida) not going to go in there and slack around and get themselves off track," he said then. "They have the mindset of winning a national championship. With that said, the way the team and coaching staff is they shouldn't have anything less than perfection. I feel that football wise it's serious when you're preparing and playing. Whenever you're out there working out, you've got to give it everything you've got. Urban Meyer stresses that you to give 110 percent when you're out there … it doesn't matter if it's practice or a game. I think that I fit right in there."

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