CB AJ McCray from Camden County High School in Kingsland, Ga may not be a household name among Wolfpack fans currently but it's safe to say you'll be hearing much more about this rising senior in the coming months.
At 5-10, 175 pounds, McCray has been a do-it-all talent for Camden, rotating from quarterback to running back while starring on special teams and cornerback, as well. During his junior season, McCray tallied 483 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns on offense. From his cornerback spot he collected 25 tackles and two interceptions- including one that was returned for a score.
While he's yet to land his first offer, McCray has picked up a ton of early interest from schools like NC State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, Clemson, South Carolina, Purdue, Michigan State, Wake Forest and Duke. He recently told Pack Pride that most schools have been waiting for him to get back his test scores.
"Most of the schools that have been recruiting me have said they wanted to see what my scores looked like after I took the SAT," he said. "I got my score back and it was pretty good so I'm going to text some of the coaches or give them a call to let them know how I did."
As he waits for that initial offer, McCray has been able to put together an early top four list.
"Right now, I like NC State, Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina," said McCray. "I went to a mini-cap at Georgia and that was okay. I'm hoping to take a trip up to NC State this summer or maybe this fall. I've been getting a letter from them about every other day. I'd say all the schools are pretty equal."
As for the Pack, their efforts are headed up by LB coach Andy McCollum. McCollum has already had a profound impact on NC State's early recruiting results and he has made a huge impression on McCray.
"I'm liking NC State a lot," said McCray. "Coach McCollum is recruiting me and that's my buddy. Me and him both like fishing so we've got that in common. He used to coach at Middle Tennessee State and recruited one of my friends when he was up there so he knows a lot about us at Camden. He said he remembered seeing me when I was in the ninth grade.
"The thing about State is I think they're going to be a program on the rise. They've sent a lot of players to the pros. They've also got good academics and that's number one in my book."
While a decision may be a ways off, McCray knows what will influence his collegiate decision.
"I really want to go somewhere that I feel comfortable," he said. "Early playing time would be okay but I don't want to rush it and then end up having a bad season. If I needed to redshirt, that would be okay. I can be patient. I would love to play but I'm going to be humble about that."