"He told me it’s going to be different when I come up to college. Nobody’s kissing your butt anymore. It’s going to be time to work. He got me back to reality and that’s what I really liked. I’m focused on making that program better and working hard for that school because I’m an athlete and I want the best for the team. That’s what he talked about wanting from me and what he expected."
McCoy Misses Wolfpack Official Visit
In today’s recruiting world it’s almost unheard of for a committed player not to take an official visit. T.J. McCoy will probably be the exception after passing on his planned trip to Raleigh over the weekend.
McCoy had expected to take his official visit this weekend along with other fellow commitments like Emanuel McGirt, Austin King and James-Smith Williams. It was a trip he was looking forward to but he wasn’t able to make it. It’s easy to understand why he missed it.
An invitation to the Central Florida All-Star Game changed McCoy’s plans. That game will be played this Thursday and the first practice in advance of the event was on Saturday right in the middle of when that official visit would have been. They are practicing every day this week leading up the game so his schedule is booked.
“I don’t think I’m going to take an official now. I’m an early enrollee so I probably won’t get to even visit the school again. I’ve already been there. I went in the summer and I got a good feel about it. I’ve toured and seen the dorms. That was in the summer. I got to see the athletic buildings pretty good. The only difference is I didn’t pay for it.”
McCoy and Dave Doeren can both laugh about that assuming there are no glitches between now and January.
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and South Florida have talked to McCoy lately but he did not seem to make too much of any of those schools and what they are saying to him. With a move to Raleigh imminent it would be tough to see McCoy changing course at the last minute especially with no other visits planned. The way he talks it does sound like McCoy has kept an open mind up until now.
“Coach Doeren came to my house last week and it was really good. It went a long way with me and especially my mother and father. It was really good to see Coach Doeren come down and stay in the house. He talked to my family and met them. We all really like NC State. I’m pretty solid. I just need to know when I’m supposed to sign now.”
Doeren’s visit in McCoy’s home signaled a transition from recruiting to real life. McCoy noticed the change and liked it. There wasn’t a charismatic sales pitch or a bullet point list explaining why NC State is the right place. Doeren was about business.
“The thing I like about Coach Doeren is he’s really straight forward," said McCoy. "He was talking about me coming up there early. He talked about the dos and don’t’s of being a freshman in college. He talked about some of his pet peeves. He was just telling me exactly what he expects out of me. He was telling me the truth and being real with me. He wasn’t trying to make me feel good about being a football player. He said he knows I’m a good player and he expects me to be one when I get up there.
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