"Florida's out of the picture right now," McCray said. "I just learned some things and I just think there are better situations for me at other schools."
D'Angelo McCray , 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, is one of the state's premier defensive line prospects.
"I'll play tight end because I've done it for three years now and I know the plays," he said. "My main focus is on defense though. My goals are to win a district championship and get 20 sacks. I had 13 last year."
McCray, who was the MVP of the Scout.com All-American Combine in Jacksonville this past spring, says three schools stick out to him right now.
"The three that I know I'll visit for sure right now are USC, Florida State, and South Carolina," he said. "I'm going out to USC for their game against Arizona State. They're loaded and I think I can play early for them."
The Noles are going to be tough to beat.
"I have a great relationship going with Coach Haggins," he said. "I'm friends with Tony Carter and I've always followed Florida State. They put a lot of defensive linemen into the pros and the early playing time is there. The only way I'll leave the state is if I know I'll play right away."
South Carolina has checked into the mix lately. The Jacksonville (Andrew Jackson) standout spoke highly of the Gamecocks.
"I'm gonna check 'em out," he said. "Cha Cha's older brother (Gerrod Sinclair) plays there and he likes it. I really like the coaches there and I wanna check 'em out."
The five-star defensive line prospect, as rated by Scout
"I'm also looking at Miami, Illinois, and Georgia Tech," he said. "Georgia Tech, I don't know about a visit but I plan on going up there for the Notre Dame game. Miami, I get text messages and letters and stuff from Randy Shannon. He talks about being a Hurricane and sends me handwritten letters all the time. He wants me to check it out. He told me, 'just look me up to see who I've coached'. I have people in Miami and I see that they're gonna graduate six or seven defensive linemen over the next two years. I still need to talk to them about taking a visit. I know they put a lot of guys into the pros."
McCray, whose team plays a preseason game against Flagler Palm Coast on Thursday, carries a 2.9 GPA and will test for the first time on the 16th of September.
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