McCarthy Sets Visits

Colin McCarthy played his first game of the regular season Friday night and after watching his team start the season 0-2, he made a big splash.

His Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic team won the game and McCarthy had six catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, he had 15 tackles, including four for loss.

"It felt real good to be back," McCarthy said. "We're pretty excited about what's coming up. All of our goals are ahead of us. Neither of our losses were district games. Plus, we get Riley (Cooper) back this week so we're looking OK."

Colin McCarthy, 6-2 and 210 pounds, is one of the state's most heavily recruited defensive players.

"Since the first (of September) a bunch of coaches have been calling me," he said. "Ohio State was first, Penn State, the 3 Florida schools, Georgia Tech, a bunch of them. I have two visits scheduled -- one to Penn State on October 8th and one to Ohio State for next weekend when they play Iowa."

The talented linebacker prospect, who was born and partially raised in the state of Pennsylvania, has been watching a lot of football so far this season and he's been keeping his eyes on the play of each team's linebackers.

"Ohio State's linebackers are unbelievable," he said. "They flew around and made plays all night against Texas. I think Ohio State had the better team but they didnt make the plays when they needed to. I'm real interested in them right now. The only thing is, I couldn't see myself wearing the long hair like their linebackers do now (laughing)."

McCarthy also was at Doak Campbell Stadium on Labor Day watching the Canes and Noles.

"It was a good game with mostly defense," he said. "I watched the linebackers a lot on both sides. Florida State's guys really got after it. Miami's would make some plays then have a key mess up that would lead to a big play. Both teams have real strong defenses though."

McCarthy, who has written offers from Ohio State, Penn State, and Miami among several others, said he plans to schedule the rest of his visits later.

"I'm looking at probably eight or nine different schools for those final three visits," he said. "I wanna check out some out of state schools since I'm close enough to the three down here that I could just take unofficial visits to them. I'm not sure yet, though."

One connection McCarthy and UM have is his friendship with freshman lineman and former teammate A.J. Trump.

"I talked to him before our game last week," he said. "He's gotten a lot bigger. He's definitely lifting a few weights down there in Miami. I asked him about playing some since their offensive line struggled some and he said they're trying to redshirt him. That makes sense because he's so young that he'd probably struggle some this year where as if he had a 5th year then he'd know the whole offense and be a much better player."

McCarthy is a full academic qualifier.

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