“Monte (Kiffin), Coach Orgeron… the defensive line coach, and Lane Kiffin came,” McQuay’s father reported. “The week before that the (USC) receiver coach and DB coach came. “
One of the obvious topics of conversation with the Trojans staff was the upcoming departure of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
“They said they are looking to replace him with a big name,” Mr. McQuay recalled. “(Leon) is just going to hang out and see what happens. Same thing with Florida State (whose defensive coordinator Mark Stoops accepted the head coaching job at Kentucky). I asked Leon if he wanted to just start cutting necks and he said he wanted to see who they’re going to bring in.”
Michigan isn’t facing any such staff transition, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still plenty to talk about.
“(The in-home with Michigan) went great,” stated the elder McQuay. “They had some lunch and they stayed for a good little while. My mom was here so we all hit them up with a lot of questions and put it on them.”
“It’s home field now. You can ask what you want to ask and get answers. So I let the drill sergeant, my mom drill them (laughter). She has been around football for a long time. She asked how he was going to be used and about the cold weather… and those are the ones I’ll share.”
“I gave (new USF Willie Taggert) an opportunity to come in and sit down and talk. It is a little late, but he’s a good man.”
From that point the deliberation process kicks into high gear since McQuay will only have a few weeks to settle on a choice before announcing it and the Under Armour All American game on January 4th. Shortly after that he’ll be beginning his college career as a midyear enrollee.
“I think every day he may get a little closer and the next day he may be a little further away,” Mr. McQuay said. “I’m not drilling him on it though. He knows the time is coming and everybody is waiting.”
“Pretty much it’s on me for the most part,” added the younger McQuay when asked who he will lean on the help make his choice. “Besides, wherever I pick (my family) is not going to tell me I can’t go there.”
So the uncomfortable waiting game for McQuay’s list of suitors begins in earnest Monday when the NCAA mandated dead period begins. Phone calls and letters will be the only permissible contact. That said, the Wolverines will have an opportunity to make one more visual impression.
“We plan on going to watch a few of their bowl practices while their down here,” said Mr. McQuay.