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It's been a while since LSU has signed a high school prospect from Virginia, but Les Miles and his staff are working to change that as they seem to be targeting a number of Virginia prospects in the 2010 class. One of those targets is arguably the state's top prospect for 2010 in defensive end Zack McCray.

Last fall on the gridiron Brookville High School, the 6-4, 235-pounder certainly made his case for being the top player in the state. McCray logged 81 tackles, 20 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one interception on his way to being named to the all-district, all-region, and all-state teams.


McCray also made his presence felt on offense, lining up as a tight end where he caught 10 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

 

With his ability to be a significant producer on both sides of the ball, it’s no surprise that McCray has the attention of many college coaches from around the country.

 

“I have 12 offers so far,” McCray said. “LSU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina, and North Carolina State are some of the schools that have offered me. I’m also hearing a lot from Notre Dame and South Carolina right now.”

 

While McCray has a long list of suitors, he is already beginning to focus his attention more on a select group of schools.

 

“There are some schools that are recruiting me harder than the others right now,” he said. “I’m talking to LSU, UCLA, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech a lot. I usually talk to those schools once a week. I’m really starting to develop a close relationship with the coaches from those schools, and it’s about more than just football.”

 

The LSU coaches have obviously done a very good job positioning themselves with the Virginia prospect, and he plans to learn even more about the Tigers in the near future.

 

“LSU always has one of the top football teams in the nation,” he said. “I’m going down there for a visit during my spring break, either the second or third week of April. I want to learn more about the campus, see the facilities, check out the Baton Rouge area, and just get a feel for the college environment there. I’m also going to be looking at their academics closely because I’m planning on majoring in either business or communication.”

 

McCray got his offer from LSU about a month ago, and he says it was an experience he will not be forgetting anytime soon.

 

“One afternoon I was in class and they said I had someone important that wanted to talk me and that had been talking to my coach for a while that day,” he said. “When I got on the phone coach (Brick) Haley was on the other end. He was really nice, and asked me if I had gotten my scholarship offer yet. I was surprised and very excited. Then he gave the phone to coach (Les) Miles. He was a really nice, down to earth guy.”

 

Since that point, McCray said his relationship with the LSU coaches has continued to grow, especially with Haley.

 

“I like talking to coach Haley,” he said. “We’re still getting to know each other and our relationship is still growing. But he seems like a great coach and person on and off the field.”

 

After his visit to LSU, McCray said he will probably attend a few spring practices at schools near his area, namely Virginia Tech and North Carolina. While it is still early in his recruiting process, he is beginning to get an idea of how he would like to see his recruitment take shape.

 

“I want to visit a few more schools this spring, and then I’ll probably start narrowing it down,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have a decision early in the fall. The most important factors in my decision will be my connection with the coaching staff, and just feeling comfortable at a school and fitting in.”

 

Heading into those visits, McCray said that he doesn’t have an outright leader, but he did say that LSU was heavily in the mix.

 

“They’re right there towards the top,” he said. “I haven’t thought about naming a leader or anything, but LSU is one that is right there near the top of my top schools.”


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McCray also made his presence felt on offense, lining up as a tight end where he caught 10 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns.

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With his ability to be a significant producer on both sides of the ball, it’s no surprise that McCray has the attention of many college coaches from around the country.

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“I have 12 offers so far,” McCray said. “LSU, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina, and North Carolina State are some of the schools that have offered me. I’m also hearing a lot from Notre Dame and South Carolina right now.”

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While McCray has a long list of suitors, he is already beginning to focus his attention more on a select group of schools.

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“There are some schools that are recruiting me harder than the others right now,” he said. “I’m talking to LSU, UCLA, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech a lot. I usually talk to those schools once a week. I’m really starting to develop a close relationship with the coaches from those schools, and it’s about more than just football.”

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The LSU coaches have obviously done a very good job positioning themselves with the Virginia prospect, and he plans to learn even more about the Tigers in the near future.

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“LSU always has one of the top football teams in the nation,” he said. “I’m going down there for a visit during my spring break, either the second or third week of April. I want to learn more about the campus, see the facilities, check out the Baton Rouge area, and just get a feel for the college environment there. I’m also going to be looking at their academics closely because I’m planning on majoring in either business or communication.”

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McCray got his offer from LSU about a month ago, and he says it was an experience he will not be forgetting anytime soon.

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“One afternoon I was in class and they said I had someone important that wanted to talk me and that had been talking to my coach for a while that day,” he said. “When I got on the phone coach (Brick) Haley was on the other end. He was really nice, and asked me if I had gotten my scholarship offer yet. I was surprised and very excited. Then he gave the phone to coach (Les) Miles. He was a really nice, down to earth guy.”

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Since that point, McCray said his relationship with the LSU coaches has continued to grow, especially with Haley.

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“I like talking to coach Haley,” he said. “We’re still getting to know each other and our relationship is still growing. But he seems like a great coach and person on and off the field.”

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After his visit to LSU, McCray said he will probably attend a few spring practices at schools near his area, namely Virginia Tech and North Carolina. While it is still early in his recruiting process, he is beginning to get an idea of how he would like to see his recruitment take shape.

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“I want to visit a few more schools this spring, and then I’ll probably start narrowing it down,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll have a decision early in the fall. The most important factors in my decision will be my connection with the coaching staff, and just feeling comfortable at a school and fitting in.”

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Heading into those visits, McCray said that he doesn’t have an outright leader, but he did say that LSU was heavily in the mix.

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“They’re right there towards the top,” he said. “I haven’t thought about naming a leader or anything, but LSU is one that is right there near the top of my top schools.”

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