McCray keeps LSU at the top

After the LSU staff scored big with Sam Montgomery in 2009, the recruiting trail has the Tigers back on the east coast in 2010 in search of the next elite defensive end. That is where Virginia's Zach McCray comes into the picture.

Brookville High standout Zach McCray became the nation’s No. 9 ranked defensive end for good reason.

After a junior season in which he totaled 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 is arguably Virginia’s top high school prospect.

Virginia Tech, who has had their way with in-state recruits over the past few seasons, had the 6-foot-4, 235-pound standout in for their spring game last weekend.

Yet, back in Lynchburg, McCray’s mind remains wide open.

“The visit to Virginia Tech was pretty fun, but I had seen it all before because it is just over an hour down the road,” he said. “I didn’t even stay the whole time because I had a prom, so it was not a big visit or anything.”

For spring break, however, the 4-star took to the car for a road trip.

“My parents and I drove down to Tennessee for a visit, and my grandparents came as well,” he said. “It was pretty decent, but nothing that really shocked me. I would say that they are one of my top teams, though. I am pretty open to anyone at this point.”

He said that the Tigers are among the teams that he talks to the most, good news for those hoping he lands in purple and gold by next February.

“I talk to coach [Brick] Haley a whole lot, and that is a big reason why I am high on LSU,” he said. “I talk to guys like coach Willis at NC State and coach Howard at UCLA about once every two weeks, but me and coach Haley keep up even more than that.

“I had lost my phone over the break, so when I got it back I had to track down coach Haley’s number first thing,” he added. “We have a pretty good relationship building.”

As for a visit to Baton Rouge, the nation’s No. 50 ranked overall prospect said that plans are in the works.

“I am really excited to get down there, and I most definitely am ready to meet the staff in person,” he said. “When coach Miles offered me I could not believe it, because LSU is a school that I never imagined would recruit me.

“I tried getting down at spring break with my parents, but when my grandparents got in on the trip we could only go as far as Tennessee, because they could not be traveling like that,” he added. “The next time I can come is either this summer or on an official visit in the fall.”

When does he expect a decision to be rendered?

“I think I will narrow it down to five teams soon, probably sometime at the end of May,” McCray said. “LSU will be in there. I just really need to see the campus and meet some people, because all I need to know is if I can fit in.”

With 14 offers to his credit, including the likes of LSU, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and UCLA, where do the Tigers stand?

“LSU is right up at the top of my list, and I say that without ever even going to Baton Rouge,” McCray said with a laugh. “They have one of the best teams in the nation in one of the toughest conferences. They send people to the NFL and have good academics, and that is all you can ask for.”

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Virginia Tech, who has had\r\ntheir way with in-state recruits over the past few seasons, had the 6-foot-4,\r\n235-pound standout in for their spring game last weekend.

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Yet, back in Lynchburg,\r\nMcCray’s mind remains wide open.

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“The visit to Virginia\r\nTech was pretty fun, but I had seen it all before because it is just over an\r\nhour down the road,” he said. “I didn’t even stay the whole time because I had\r\na prom, so it was not a big visit or anything.”

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For spring break, however,\r\nthe 4-star took to the car for a road trip.

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“My parents and I drove\r\ndown to Tennessee for a visit, and my grandparents came as well,” he said. “It\r\nwas pretty decent, but nothing that really shocked me. I would say that they\r\nare one of my top teams, though. I am pretty open to anyone at this point.”

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He said that the Tigers are\r\namong the teams that he talks to the most, good news for those hoping he lands\r\nin purple and gold by next February.

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“I talk to coach [Brick]\r\nHaley a whole lot, and that is a big reason why I am high on LSU,” he said. “I\r\ntalk to guys like coach Willis at NC State and coach Howard at UCLA about once\r\nevery two weeks, but me and coach Haley keep up even more than that.

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“I had lost my phone over\r\nthe break, so when I got it back I had to track down coach Haley’s number first\r\nthing,” he added. “We have a pretty good relationship building.”

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As for a visit to Baton\r\nRouge, the nation’s No. 50 ranked overall prospect said that plans are in the\r\nworks.

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“I am really excited to\r\nget down there, and I most definitely am ready to meet the staff in person,” he\r\nsaid. “When coach Miles offered me I could not believe it, because LSU is a\r\nschool that I never imagined would recruit me.

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“I tried getting down at\r\nspring break with my parents, but when my grandparents got in on the trip we\r\ncould only go as far as Tennessee, because they could not be traveling like\r\nthat,” he added. “The next time I can come is either this summer or on an\r\nofficial visit in the fall.”

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When does he expect a\r\ndecision to be rendered?

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“I think I will narrow it\r\ndown to five teams soon, probably sometime at the end of May,” McCray said.\r\n“LSU will be in there. I just really need to see the campus and meet some\r\npeople, because all I need to know is if I can fit in.”

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With 14 offers to his\r\ncredit, including the likes of LSU, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and UCLA,\r\nwhere do the Tigers stand?

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“LSU is right up at the\r\ntop of my list, and I say that without ever even going to Baton Rouge,” McCray\r\nsaid with a laugh. “They have one of the best teams in the nation in one of the\r\ntoughest conferences. They send people to the NFL and have good academics, and\r\nthat is all you can ask for.”

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