RECRUITING: McCarthy Waits For UF Offer

The offers continue to pile up for Clearwater Central Catholic linebacker Colin McCarthy. The Class 2B first team All-State selection has enjoyed a productive summer, demonstrating a tremendous work ethic that has earned him the attention of several outstanding college coaches.

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"I have offers from Nebraska, Miami, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Rutgers, Central Florida, South Florida, and a few others," McCarthy said. "I'm still hoping to get a few more offers, but it's been a good experience."

The 6-3, 215-pound nomad played several different positions for the Marauders this past season, chalking up outstanding numbers. He racked up 163 tackles, four sacks, and five interceptions while playing linebacker and safety at times. McCarthy is a tattoo artist in the purest defensive minded sense of the word. However, he also hauled in 32 passes for 525 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end/wide receiver.

McCarthy told me last week that he hoped to leave the Friday Night Lights session at Florida with an offer in hand. He said then that he probably wouldn't commit to the Gators, but that they would certainly move at or near the top of his ever expending list.

"Florida has not offered me yet but I had a great time up there," McCarthy said. "It was a lot of fun. Coach (Stan) Drayton told me that I had a good camp. He said that Coach (Charlie) Strong would be back from a recruiting trip late Sunday and that they would discuss everything and be back in touch with me. He (Coach Drayton) called my high school coach (Mike Jalazo) and told him that I had a really good camp and that they would be speaking to him too."

Besides his work ethic, one of the things that has caught the attention of so many coaches is his speed and ability to get to the football.

"In the off-season since last year I've tried to work out a lot harder," he said. "I've worked most on my speed. In the beginning of the year, my speed wasn't as good as it should be so I've been working with a guy to help get my speed down and it's paid off. I've actually been working with two guys. One guy helps with core stuff, speed with your core and that kind of thing. The other guy helps with my running form and my starts."

One thing that has him so excited about the Florida program is the direction that it has taken since the hiring of Coach Urban Meyer and staff. He also feels that Meyer's demands regarding dedication fit perfectly within his view of things as well.

"With the new coaching staff (at Florida) I feel that they have a goal winning games," McCarthy explained. "They're not going to go in there and slack around and get themselves off track. They have the mindset of winning a national championship. With that said, the way the team and coaching staff is they shouldn't have anything less than perfection. I feel that football wise it's serious when you're preparing and playing. Whenever you're out there working out, you've got to give it everything you've got. Urban Meyer stresses that you to give 110 percent when you're out there, it doesn't matter if it's practice or a game. I think that I fit right in there."

McCarthy has an offer in hand from the Miami Hurricanes, where his former teammate A.J. Trump signed last season. I asked him if that could possibly help sway him a little more toward Coral Gables.

"A.J. (Trump) and I are pretty good friends," McCarthy said. "I actually talked to him last week. I was down in Miami and we hung out a little bit. He could have an effect on my decision but not that big of one. If I were to get an offer from Florida for example, that wouldn't compare. If I want to go to Miami, I'll go there. If I want to go to Florida I'll go there. It's not going to weigh too much. It's obviously a plus having a former teammate already in a program though."

Colin McCarthy should generate plenty of interest this fall. You won't need a program or his number. Finding him is easy, just look for the guy always around the pigskin.

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