McCarley committed to Old Dominion a couple of months ago, although that hasn't stopped the pursuit from other programs.
"Old Dominion is in a great spot," McCarley said. "They are doing a great job. They've only lost one game; Old Dominion set a national record earlier this year with 734 yards passing in a game. Also, the program is moving to Conference USA in 2014."
McCarley talked about the schools that are currently recruiting him.
"I thought they were going to beat Texas A&M. I have two teammates that are committed to A&M, and we were going back and forth."
The senior says recruiting is taking a back seat until his season concludes.
"I haven't planned any visits," McCarley explained. "I'm trying to keep my recruitment to the side so I can focus on getting that ring on my finger."
Manvel reached the Class 4A Division II state finals in 2011 where the Mavs finished runner-up to Aledo and five-star RB Johnathan Gray (now at Texas).
"Execution is key for us," McCarley answered when asked about the path to another state championship appearance. "On offense, we don't want to turn the ball over.
"Our defense is doing well; they're battling. As a team we can't underestimate any opponent."
The Mavs have undertaken a tougher schedule in 2012 after moving up to a higher-enrollment classification.
"We play Pearland, our new 5A rival this week," McCarley said a few days ago.
Manvel beat Pearland on Friday, 42-28. McCarley tossed five touchdown passes and amassed 424 yards passing. His season high was 472 yards with seven scores in the district opener vs. Alvin (52-21 win).
As a junior McCarley accounted for 1,905 yards through the air with 23 TDs and only three interceptions.