Colin McCarthy out of Clearwater, Florida stands 6' 3", weighs in at 215 pounds and runs a reported 4.53 40 yard dash. Not too bad for a linebacker. While Colin is currently ranked a three star prospect in Scout's system, he does have some solid offers on the table from the likes of Miami (FL), Ohio State, Penn State and, of course, Nebraska amongst others holding 20 in total.
Recently, McCarthy took a couple of in-state unofficial trips. "I've taken visits to USF and to FSU. They were good overall. I went up for the FSU-Miami game so that was really big. The atmosphere was great. The USF-UCF game was fun in that it's a big in-state rivalry. USF played really well and blew UCF out," he said.
Colin's Central Catholic High School team is currently sitting at 2-2 on the season, but Colin feels he is playing up to his potential thus far. "If we just play together, with everyone on the same page, we feel we could beat any team in the state, really," Colin said, "It's pretty much little things here and there as far as assignments and learning a few new positions" McCarthy stated that by the end of the season, he feels his team has the ability to be something special.
Currently he has two officials set up as he will be visiting Ohio State this weekend to watch them take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. On October 8th, he will be visiting Penn State to watch their bout with those same Ohio State Buckeyes. He claims no currently favorites stating that he is, in fact, wide open about the recruiting process but plans to start narrowing a list down within the next few weeks.
The connection between McCarthy and Nebraska is a very unique one as, at one point, one member of Nebraska's coaching staff was recruiting him at a position a little different from where he finds himself today.
"My recruiting contact from Nebraska is Coach (Phil) Elmassian and he's been down here since my sophomore year when I was a quarterback watching me play. Back then he was interested in me playing that position. Now he calls a lot and actually I was planning on calling him back tonight. Nebraska's been showing heavy interest and they've been talking about coming up for a visit some time, too," said McCarthy.