Sticks has a Top Six

They call him "Sticks" because he used to be this scrawny guy playing on the playground. Now Ivan McCartney is anything but and he has made a name for himself playing football. McCartney is busy collecting scholarship offers and the Miramar receiver has a top six schools at this time. The do-everything athlete is a big time prospect to keep an eye on.

For McCartney, making plays with the ball just comes natural. He does it well enough on the field that he is utilized everywhere by his coaches. Some say he resembles one of the NFL's best.

"I play slot, outside, in the backfield, everything," he said about where he may line up on offense. "I play offense, defense, and special teams. Local people in the neighborhood say I remind them of Chad Johnson a lot. The way I play the game resembles the way he plays and our appearance is just alike too."

At 6-1 and 175 pounds, McCartney runs a 4.4 and is a well rounded athlete that competes in basketball and track for his Miramar teams running the 400, 4x100, long jump, high jump, and triple jump.

It is all this athletic ability that has schools from all the east coast of the United States to the west coast wanting him to be a part of their football programs. Florida, Oregon, Ohio State, USF, Marshall, and Miami are the current leaders for McCartney and he talks about each.

Oregon: "I like the offense that they run. I also heard they have a really good business management program and that's what I want to major in."

South Florida: "I like the offense and the fact they are pretty close to home.

Ohio State: "I like the education, the offense they run, and the kind of players that come out of Ohio State., guys like Chris Carter, Santonio Holmes, and Tedd Ginn."

Marshall: "I talked to Coach Goble recently and I have just been very interested since we talked. I have to do a little more research, but everything seems pretty good."

Miami: "I grew up a Miami fan. I know they are high on education. I just love the intensity of Miami football and everything it brings. I just love Miami."

Florida: "Florida offered. Coach Gonzales called my coach and told him. I plan on coming up for the spring game. I know they stress education. I also like the offense that they run. Another thing that made me interested is that a lot of people tell me I wouldn't fit in the Florida offense, but I feel like I can take on any challenge. They say Florida is known more for speed receivers but they just don't understand the type of game I play."

In the end, McCartney will make a decision based on the people at the institution.

"I would say the relationship between the players and coaches is what is most important," he said.

Stay tuned as Scout.com follows Ivan McCartney throughout the 2010 recruiting process.

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