USF Gives McCoy Something to Think About

Last week, T.J. McCoy, an offensive lineman out of Groveland (Fla.) South Lake High School, took an unofficial visit to an in-state program that extended a scholarship offer during the spring evaluation period.

T.J. McCoy, the son of former Florida Gator and NFL defensive lineman, Tony McCoy, possesses a pair of scholarship offers from Rutgers and South Florida early on in the recruiting process. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound versatile offensive lineman plans on attending a number of camps over the next couple of weeks, including one at his father's alma mater, where he hopes to acquire an additional offer.

"I might visit a couple new schools," McCoy said. "I'm at Florida right now for a camp. The camp hasn't started yet, but I'm at Florida now. I'll be at Georgia Tech on Sunday and Georgia the day after that. Then I'm going to come back home to UCF."

Groveland (Fla.) South Lake High School has hosted dozens of college coaches over the past couple of months, including in-state USF, who's also fighting for the services of fellow offensive lineman, Donovan Welch.

Last week, McCoy and his father made the short trip over to the Bulls' campus in Tampa Bay and had nothing but positive things to say about Willie Taggart's program.

"(The visit) was really nice," McCoy said. "I enjoyed all of the coaches there and I really enjoyed it. I got to talk to the offensive line coach, Paul Wulff, who's a great guy. He showed me a lot of things on the board and I got to meet the whole staff.

"The head coach, Willie Taggart, is a great guy and is really down-to-earth. He's about working hard and doing what you have to do. I enjoyed myself down there and I got to look at the school. It was a productive and fun day. It was good to see my dad happy and I enjoyed myself."

Under Willie Taggart, no player is ever guaranteed a starting position and everyone is given a fair shot at landing a spot in the rotation, which is something that garnered the offensive lineman's full attention.

"They told me that I have a good chance to come there and compete for a starting job," McCoy said. "I graduate early in December, so I can leave and go to any college early. If I come there early and just work hard and compete, I'll have a chance to start.

"That's one of the things they stressed to me on my visit at USF."


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