Florida lineman very interested in Navy

T.J. McCoy at South Lake High School in the Orlando area made the switch from offensive guard to center and he feels the position move is already paying big dividends. In the past week, McCoy received offers from Navy and Bethune-Cookman to raise his total to seven overall. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound lineman spoke with GoMids.com on how his offer from the Midshipmen staff came about.

"During the spring Coach Justin (Davis) said Navy was really interested in me," McCoy said. "They liked that I was a hard-nosed player with really good quickness. He said he didn't have to see me practice, that my film spoke for itself. He also likes the fact I have a 3.75 GPA and make good grades. When he left he said he wanted to keep in contact with me.

"Last week, I was talking with Coach Justin on the phone and he said that they were done with their evaluations and wanted to let me know I had an offer. He just said that he thought I was a solid player and would really love to have me come to the school. I went to take my ACT again to meet the requirement and I'm just waiting to hear back on that.

"Coach was explaining to me that once you graduate with a degree from the Naval Academy you will have an excellent chance at a good income. The academy helps you grow as a person to be more successful in life and puts you in a great position to take care of your future family financially. You also get to serve our country. Navy is one of the schools I'm really interested in. I'm going to go to some of their games this fall for sure."

McCoy has also picked up offers from N.C. State, FAU, Rutgers, USF, and Presbyterian. He's been hearing from some of the big SEC programs as well. In July, he'll be attending invitation-only camps at UGA (July 18th) and South Carolina (July 23rd). He says Florida is also displaying interest. McCoy's father, Tony, was First Team All-SEC in 1991 for the Gators before spending ten years in the NFL with the Colts and Cardinals.

"I want to go to a college where I can get a great education but also grow and become a better person," he said. "I think that's what attracts me to Navy. I want to go to a football program that can win a conference championship and compete for a national championship. I would like a shot at the NFL and want to play for coaches who will help me achieve my individual goals as well. I'm going to see where I'm at after July with recruiting and I'm thinking I could be ready to make my decision by early August."

At South Lake High School in Groveland, Fla., McCoy was an All-District player at offensive guard on a 7-3 Eagles team. This season, however, he's moving over one spot on the line to center.

"We play a lot of schools that run a 3-4 defense with the nose guard," he explained. "We're hoping by putting me at center that we can get some good movement up the middle. I'm excited. Colleges coaches like me at the position. I think it's my final position and that I've found a home at center."

Since his retirement from the NFL in 2001, T.J.'s father, Tony, has become the senior pastor at Hope International Church in Groveland. Tony Jr. ("T.J") is the middle child of Tony and Jodie McCoy's three children.

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