McCoy: "I Fell In Love With Them"

Groveland (FL) South Lake lineman T.J. McCoy talks in-depth about his decision to commit to NC State.

While players like Nyheim Hines, Bryce Love, Marcus Marshall and Mike Hughes have attracted most of the attention from NC State recruiting fans, the Wolfpack coaching staff was quietly building a case with Groveland (FL) South Lake standout OL T.J. McCoy.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 82 offensive guard in the nation by, McCoy had been sitting on an NC State offer for the last four months. He earned that offer after an impressive workout in front of the Wolfpack coaching staff and decided last Friday night that the time was right to make a commitment.

"State offered me at their camp," McCoy told Pack Pride. "I came up there during the summer. I was just out there competing and going through the drills. I think Coach Doeren saw me doing one on ones. You know, I got a little excited during the one on ones and he just came up to me and asked if could he see me after the camp. I went up to coach Doeren's office and talked to him a little bit and got offered. I talked to coach Huxtable and coach Uremovich and they just offered me.

"The next day I stayed up there because I have family in North Carolina. I came back to the school and went on a tour, saw the dorm rooms, where I'd be eating at... I fell in love with them. My parents loved it. I got to take my sister. They all enjoyed it. It was a great place to be. I just wanted to play a couple of games first (before making a decision)."

After making his decision, McCoy called coach Doeren.

"I called coach Doeren and told him I had committed. He was very excited. He was very fired up about it and told me he was glad I was a part of the family. I told him I just wanted to help State get to the next level. He talked to my parents. My mom was very proud and happy. It's the best decision I could make for me and my family. I should be coming up to a home game in the next two weeks. I'll be making my official visit up there and I'm really excited to be up there just to watch the whole game atmosphere and just see some of the guys I'll be playing with."

Listed at 6-3, 285 pounds, McCoy could potentially play center or guard much like 2014 signee Tony Adams. McCoy said he's a full time center for his South Lake squad and feels like that spot is a perfect fit.

"They're recruiting me for center," he said. "I actually played guard last year. My coach came to me and wanted me to play center this year and I absolutely fell in love with the position. My team's 3-0. I'm just helping my team out and doing the best I can to get better. I like calling out the fronts and being the quarterback of the offensive line- calling out blitzes and things like that. It's a great position to play.

"I just can't wait to get up to NC State and play and see what things they want me to do and incorporate it into my game. I just want to help the Pack get to the next level. The recruits that are coming to NC State, I've been talking to them and we want to help State make it to the next level and become a dominant program in the NCAA and the ACC. So that's one of my main goals coming into NC State in the spring."

Just like Tony Adams, McCoy is planning to enroll at State in January. There's some paperwork he needs to complete but after that he should be ready to join the Pack for the spring semester.

"I actually have all ,my credits so I'm planning to enroll in January if that's what coach Doeren let's me do. I need to fill out some applications but if I can be there in January I'll definitely be there in January."

So is there any chance McCoy will continue to listen to other schools?

"I'm done with recruiting. I made the commitment to coach Doeren and I'm not looking at any other schools. I'm locked in and I can't wait to be a part of the Wolfpack. I'm just waiting to sign."

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