Offers piling up

The Peach State is already turning the heat up on the 2010 recruiting front, and one of the hottest names is defensive end Denzel McCoy. The Duluth-native is already piling up the offers, nearing the 20 mark, and LSU is one of the schools that extended an early scholarship offer.

McCoy (6-4, 275) made a name for himself as a sophomore when he logged 57 tackles, including nine for loss, to go with three sacks.


LSU extended an offer to the standout defender back in October and the Northview High standout is planning on setting up a visit to Baton Rouge to check things out, while also getting a nice dose of information from his good friend and former teammate Cordian Hagans.


"He [Hagans] loves it down there, and he always makes sure to tell me that,” McCoy said. “He usually texts me every week or so just to see how I am doing. He tells me things like why he chose LSU, and that his family is still able to come down and visit him a lot. He is not really trying to persuade me, he is just keeping me informed so I can make the best decision.”


McCoy has already been invited to LSU’s first junior day that will take place on Jan. 31. He said he isn’t sure if he will make it in that weekend simply because it is too far away, but he does plan on stepping foot on campus a couple of times in the coming months.


"I am going to try and come to Baton Rouge as soon as I can," he said. "I like LSU a lot, so I want to find out more. I really want to get to know the defensive staff, because that is very important to me.


“I also want to be able to have a great relationship with my actual position coach as well,” added McCoy. “I don't know when I will be down for sure, but I am definitely setting up a visit as well as coming to camp next summer."


With offers from Georgia Tech, Stanford, Alabama, Oklahoma and many others, McCoy has already taken a look at a few schools. He’s been to Georgia and Clemson a couple of times, but the most frequently visited campus has come by way of the 30-minute drive from Duluth to Atlanta.


"I have been to every home game," McCoy said of his trips to Georgia Tech. "They are really turning things around. Last summer, nobody even thought that they could turn things around with this new offense. People had doubts. But coach Johnson came out and impressed from the opening game, and the defense has been lights out.”


McCoy, though heavy on football, is even more dedicated in the classroom.


"I am looking at majoring in engineering and opportunities for me in that field," he said. "I want to own my own IT firm, so I want to be able to take a lot of computer science and engineering courses.


"You would end up working for a company like Apple or Microsoft, and then they would contract people out to do editing on software and things like that," added McCoy. "It has been something that I have always had a passion for."


As for his college decision, however, the junior stressed that his options will remain open until he sees everything there is to see.


"I will definitely be making some camps next summer, as well as making more visits," McCoy said.

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