Coveted junior talks recruiting

Even with signing day for the '09 class a few months away, it's never too early to get a jump on the '10 class. One junior to receive an early offer from Nebraska is 6-foot-4 wide receiver Justin McCay from Shawnee (Kan.) Bishop Miege high school. Big Red Report recently gave the talented wide-out a call to get his take on all things recruiting.

With offers already from coast to coast, it's not a stretch to say Justin McCay will be one of the top recruits in the Midwest for the '10 class, regardless of position.

"I've already been offered by seven or eight schools I think," said McCay. "Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and a few more have all made offers to me. I like all the schools that have offered me, and look forward to getting to know the coaches from each staff.

"I got to meet coach Gilmore from Nebraska when I was up there in June on an unofficial, he is a pretty cool dude."

So what's the reason for all the early offers, what do you bring to the table as a wide receiver?

"I try to always run good routes and be precise. The coaches all tell me they like my explosiveness, speed is a big part of my game. I just want to be a complete wide receiver."

While Justin's high school squad is having a solid year on the gridiron, it appears he's had a slight setback.

"I'm injured right now, but I should be back this week. I have been out for about three weeks with a high ankle sprain. I could have played last week, but my coach said since we are already in the playoffs he didn't want me to get hurt again. It was so swollen a couple weeks ago I couldn't even walk on it. I've been getting a lot of treatment on it now, so it's getting better."

On the recruiting front, Justin was asked what factors he would consider in picking a school, and if staying close to home would play into his decision.

"I didn't really have a favorite team growing up, I mostly played basketball and got into football kind of late. I've only been to two college games, one at Wisconsin and one at K-State. I haven't seen a big variety of games and atmospheres, so I think I need to take other visits to see what other schools have to offer.

"But I could say I am leaning a little bit more towards teams like Kansas, Nebraska, K-state, Texas Tech. I like the teams in that area. I don't really have a set team, but those schools get it done for me."

Justin then was asked what type of timeframe he was looking at in making a decision. Will he commit early in the process, or wait it out and take officials?

"Well it depends on what me and my dad want to do, he is leaving the decision up to me 100%. But I'll definitely get some guidance from him, I think that's the best thing to do. It could happen anytime really, I haven't set a certain date."

Finally he was asked what things he was looking for in a program.

"Education is a big thing with me and my family, that has to be the most important thing. Even if you get to the next level after college, football is going to end one day. I want my degree to fall back on. So whatever I decide to major in I want the school to have a good department in that. A good tutoring system for athletes is something I want also, to help keep me on track. Playing in a big-time atmosphere would be good too."

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