McCarthy, who is also a star wrestler who qualified for the state tournament as a junior, feels his speed and great conditioning is what attracts interest from college recruiters, "I'm a lot leaner, I'm a wrestler as well so I'm a lot faster than the other guys. I'm durable," said McCarthy.
A hard worker, McCarthy plans on a busy summer to improve his game and will camp at Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Navy, Cincinnati, and several MAC schools. He has a forty speed that is impressive for a lineman of 5.2 seconds and he benches 280 pounds and squats 450.
Last season at Strongsville McCarthy excelled and earned honorable mention All-Pioneer Conference honors after garnering 29 pancake blocks. He also won the Pioneer Conference Championship as a wrestler in the heavyweight class. McCarthy is planning on a career in the Navy so all the schools he is considering offer some kind of military officers commissioning program. On Thursday McCarthy named his top 4 schools, which include, in order of preference, Navy, Vanderbilt, Air Force and Virginia Tech. He is also hearing from Kansas and VMI.
Navy- "Navy has contacted me a lot and I've very interested in them. It's been a life long passion for me to go to the Naval Academy. I want to go in the Navy; that's a career I want to pursue. My father and grandfather served in the Navy." McCarthy camped at Navy last summer.
Vanderbilt- "I'm going down to Vanderbilt. I like Vanderbilt because it's south. I'm from the south and I want to go back home. It has a really great engineering school and that is something I want to pursue in college. I would certainly like to hear more from them."
Air Force- "Air Force has been in contact with me some too. I've been working on getting nominations from my Congressman."
Virginia Tech- "I'd like to hear from them."
Kansas- "I've got some stuff from them. They do have a Navy ROTC progam and they play in the Big 12. There is some prestige there."
Who will be the first to step up and offer Mike McCarthy? Stay tuned to Scout.com for more on this fine prospect.