RECRUITING: No leader in front for McCray

Five-star and the number three ranked defensive tackle in the nation DeAngelo McCray (6-3, 280, 4.85) from Jacksonville Andrew Jackson (Fla.) has helped lead his team to a 5-1 record, amassing 30 tackles and 5 sacks. McCray missed the first two games of the season with a torn miniscus, which will require surgery after the season.

(D'Angelo McCray profile)

"I'm playing with a brace right now," McCray said. "The brace was custom made and without it on it hurts to walk. But when I'm wearing it I don't feel a thing."

McCray denies a leader, but favors Florida State, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisville. All of his favorites have offered, plus many more. "Florida State is recruiting me the hardest," McCray said. "It seems like they text me everyday. They send little messages like, "It's great to be a 'Nole", stuff like that.

"I like how Florida State uses their defense linemen," McCray said. "I think they are having a pretty decent season, but most of their toughest games come at the end of the year, so we'll see how they respond."

He plans to attend the Florida State/Florida game on November 25. "I'll be neutral," McCray said. "I'm just curious to see what a rivalry game is like and how the fans are and what the atmosphere is like.

McCray already attended the Florida State vs Clemson game and has attended several Florida games as well, including the Alabama game this past weekend. "That was a huge game for Florida," McCray said. "The crowd was great and they played really hard to win. Florida is just rolling right now. They win every week. They really met the challenge this year and stepped up."

He also has two official visits already scheduled as well. McCray will be visiting Illinois next weekend (October 7) and he'll be in Louisville on October 14. "I just really felt like checking Louisville out," McCray said. "I know their running back (sophomore George Stripling) because we used to play together and I want to see what it's like."

McCray says he's still not close to narrowing things down more. "I need to take my visits," McCray said. "I'm looking for playing time and I want to go to a school with good game day atmosphere. I want to play where they get good support and sell out games. Also, I don't want to go too far from home. I was going to visit USC this fall too, but I don't want to be that far from my family."

He reports a 3.0 GPA and is waiting on the results from his September 16 ACT.


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