The Kansas Jayhawks have a lot to replace on their defense in the Class of 2006, and first and foremost, had to look into all mid-year transfer possibilities.
Well, the Jayhawks struck gold this weekend in hosting two cornerback prospects who were eligible to sign their letters of intent next week. Both Blake Bueltel and Mike McCoy gave the Jayhawks their verbal commitment.
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McCoy, a December graduate from San Bernardino Valley Junior College, just heard from the Jayhawks a little over a week ago.
"Coach (Earnest) Collins called me on December 8th, and invited me to take an official visit," McCoy stated.
"I then asked him if that meant I was being offered, and he told me that they don't trip kids without the intention of offering."
See, McCoy had actually made an official visit to BYU last weekend and had previously informed the BYU coaches he was a commitment. That all changed, though, after his trip to Lawrence.
"I called Coach (Patrick) Higgins, their wide receiver coach, before the visit to let him know I was tripping to Kansas," said McCoy, who also held an offer from San Diego State. "He was fine with it, and then I went out to Kansas and it felt like home. I called Coach Higgins, like a man, to inform him of my decision when I got back."
Upon arriving in Lawrence, McCoy had a little film session with Coach Collins to go over philosophies.
"Coach Collins told me that he could tell off my video that I had football smarts and was a go-getter. He liked that I was a hard-nosed player, quick to the ball, and quick off blocks to be able to cover the run. He showed a lot of different coverages, quizzed me, and thought that I read offenses well," McCoy stated.
Apparently, Coach Collins had shared his high praise for McCoy with the head man, Mark Mangino, himself.
"When I first met Coach Mangino, he immediately told me he liked me as a person," added McCoy, who as a freshman recorded 55 tackles (45 solo) and four interceptions. "He said Coach Collins had told him I was a cool kid who was always smiling. Right when he shook my hand, I was real cheerful, smiling, and looked right into his eyes. He said he knew he liked me as a person right off first eye contacdt, and wanted me a part of the program."
McCoy is the 16th known verbal commitment for the Kasnas Jayhawks in the Class of 2006. McCoy plans to sign his letter of intent on the first day available for mid-year transfers on December 21st.