McCoy Serious About Michigan

With the outside linebacker position being one of the needs to be filled this recruiting season, it appears Michigan is in on only a few top players at the position. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke recently with one such player, <b>Rico McCoy</b> from St. Johns College high school in Washington, D.C. told TheInsiders he would use one of his official visits to come to Ann Arbor. How much interest is there in the Wolverines?

With Michigan appearing to be instituting more of a 3-4 type defense for the upcoming season, the outside linebacker position is a priority this recruiting season. Four-star linebacker Rico McCoy may be on the small side at 212-pounds, but at 6 foot 2 to go along with 4.5 speed in the 40 he has the tools to make it at the position if he can get bigger. McCoy said he is working hard on the weights and is also using the services of a personal coach. "We're working on everything, we're in the gym and running a lot," he said. "My main goal is to get better, I just want to get better."

McCoy is only 16 and won't turn 17 until nearly the end of the season in November. As such he realizes he will need time to grow. "Immediate playing time isn't real important to me," he said. "I don't have a problem red-shirting because it will give me time to get bigger and stronger."

McCoy appeared to have fallen off the Michigan radar since receiving an offer from the Wolverines back in May. He said in a recent interview with TheInsiders that Michigan would get one of his five official visits. "I went to the Michigan camp last year and really enjoyed it," he said. "I'll be visiting them for one of my official visits this year. I need to call them and set up the date, I'll do that soon. I haven't set a date with any school yet."

Other schools the talented linebacker is thinking of visiting include UCLA, Ohio State, Pittsburg, Nebraska and Tennessee. The only camp he attended this summer was at Maryland. "I really don't know anymore," he said. "This is all so amazing that I'm going to ride it out until the end, I'll decide on signing day in February."

McCoy said coaching stability will be a major factor in his decision. "I want coaches who will be there a while," he said. "I want them to bring the best out of me." Academics are also on top of the list of priorities. "I want to major in broadcasting so I'm looking at the programs at the different schools," he said. "I like the program up at Syracuse. For the combination of football and academics I'd say Syracuse, Michigan and Ohio State are the best in both right now."

As a junior McCoy had over 120 tackles and five sacks. He reports a 2.6 grade-point-average.

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