Things are Heating Up for Local Standout

2011 prospect Joe McCargo hopes to follow footsteps of former Old Mill alum.

Many Terrapin football fans remember former Terp cornerback and Old Mill High School star Kevin Barnes. Well there is a new Old Mill standout that may follow in the footsteps of Barnes. Joe McCargo, a 6 foot 3 inch 195 pound safety, is receiving interest from many programs.

Recently, McCargo attended Maryland's spring game, and TSR was able to get his thoughts on the game. “The game was pretty cool. I got to see everything going at full contact. After the game I got to talk to Coach Bankins. He said he wanted to come see me play this year and visit me at my school. “

Besides Maryland, West Virginia, Boston College and few other schools are really going hard after McCargo. West Virginia and Boston College recently visited McCargo at his high school, and McCargo also picked up an offer from Bryant College.

It appears that two rivals, Maryland and West Virginia, are trying the hardest to court McCargo to their respective schools. “West Virginia and Maryland are the latest schools to talk about possible scholarships. They are waiting to see me at one of their one-day camps. Last season I played linebacker and they are recruiting me to be a safety so they want to see how I perform at their one-day camp. The camps will probably once summer gets into full swing. I don't know the dates off hand, but I am pretty sure Maryland is at the end of June.”

McCargo has already picked his top three schools. ”West Virginia is my number one, followed by Maryland, and my number three is kind of a toss up at the moment, but I would put Bryant number three at the moment since they are my first offer.

McCargo was very open about his order of schools, and criteria for selecting a school. “I've liked West Virginia since I was in seventh grade. Maryland is my instate school and I have known a few players, not personally, that have gone to Maryland. Besides my parental influence, and playing time, the system they run along with their academics will be my deciding factors. I like West Virginia because they run the same defense we do at my high school so that is a comfort level for me.

“I like the business management aspect. Bryant's business program is one of the bigger programs at Bryant. West Virginia's biggest major, in their business program, is their sports management and their coaches have told me a lot of good things about it. Maryland, being in the DC metropolitan area, they receive a lot attention. Their coaches have told me a lot of good things about it. “

McCargo expanded on what attracts Maryland coaches to him. “The Maryland coaches really like my intensity on the field and my enthusiasm. I talked to them after they viewed my tape, and they love after my tackles and get excited. Not where I get flagged, but I get all my teammates involved. They also love how I fly to the ball and contain my area.”

The future is looking bright for this local standout, and it appears to only be getting better. If McCargo performs well this summer the offers should start rolling in.


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