"As soon as I started playing, it just came natural to me," McCray said. "I picked things up quickly and I've been making plays ever since."
Now 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, D'Angelo McCray is widely considered by college coaches the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the state of Florida. The Jacksonville (Fla.) Andrew Jackson standout talked about what makes him different.
"I have more speed than most guys my size," he said. "I've gotten 4.6, 4.7 lately but it's not just that. I have football speed because I have good vision. That's something you can't coach and something not all guys have. It's God-given ability."
McCray, who carries a 3.0 GPA, plays on both sides of the ball. He was outstanding as a junior, finishing with 18 catches for 369 yards. Defensively, while playing end, he had 52 tackles, 26 for loss, and 12 sacks.
"I feel like I'm the best there is out there at my position," he said. "A lot of coaches have talked to me about playing tight end in college. It's OK to me. Nobody has talked about (playing O-Line). I've got too much speed for that but I'll do whatever the coaches ask me to."
The talented junior, who also participates in track, has already become a household name to college recruiters from across the country.
"It's been been crazy already," he said. "I have 17 written offers so far and I'm sure I'll get a lot more. I never thought this would happen. All three Florida schools, Notre Dame, man, there are lots of them. Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Louisville are recruiting me at tight end. Everyone else is pretty much for defense."
McCray, who plans to attend the Scout.com Combine on March 19 in Jacksonville, lists Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida State, and Michigan as early favorites but he wants people to know he's wide open.
"I'm very wide open," he said. "I like 'em all. Everyone who has offered me. I haven't eliminated anyone. I'll start narrowing it down when I start talking to the coaches and start checking out the schools myself."
Miami, one of his first offers, is definitely in the mix. The Canes invited McCray to Junior Day, which will take place this Saturday.
"They offered me early," he said. "I like Miami a lot. They produce a lot of great players and a lot of them go into the NFL."
DL Claims 17 Written Offers
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