"It was just overwhelming," McCartney said. "There's not much to say. I loved everything. It was awesome…just awesome."
McCartney, ranked as the No. 13 wide receiver in the country, visited the Gators for their senior day. "It was very crazy and emotional," he said. "Seeing those guys out there…playing in their last home game and knowing they won a couple championships…I thought about what it would be like if that was me out there four years from now."
His player host was freshman redshirt wide receiver Frankie Hammond, Jr.. "I really liked the players and their lifestyle and how they're like," he said. "They are real humble. They treat each other like brothers and are very close.
"We hardly even talked about football," he said. "We just spent time getting to know each other and hanging out."
Another highlight for McCartney was getting to speak with coach Urban Meyer. "I got some time with coach Meyer and (wide receiver) coach Billy Gonzales and they talked about the possibility of me starting. But we didn't talk a lot about football either. They showed me they cared about other things and stressed education and life and stuff."
McCartney admits his official visit to the Swamp was a "10."
Although he still denies a leader, McCartney admits that Florida, Miami and West Virginia stand out because they are recruiting him the hardest.
Despite the Gators' undefeated season, McCartney says the team that has impressed him the most this year is Miami. "I like how they are confident again," he said. "A lot of people didn't think they'd do well this year but they proved them wrong. They'll be ready to go next season."
McCartney says he's still considering taking his two other official visits and admits he may take them to Miami or Georgia. "I'm not sure yet," he said. "I haven't really thought about that much."
While McCartney says he expects to be hosting coaches for in-home visits in December, he says no one has scheduled one yet.
He doesn't plan on making an announcement until signing day.
"I'm looking for everything," he said. "I'm gonna pray on it and hope God helps me make the right choice."
McCartney plans to major in business management and reports a 2.6 core GPA and a 15 ACT, which he is retaking on Dec. 12.